Sunday, June 7, 2009

Week 4 - What about web designs?

Computers and software have enabled individuals to become one-man or one-woman businesses out of their homes. This is also true with website design; anyone with a computer can create a website.
Is this always a good thing?

· Yes it is a very good thing.
What are some of the advantages to creating your own website rather than hiring someone else to create it?
· The advantages are the very simple. You are able to bring to life your ideas and your vision. Someone else creating your website in unable to totally see your view even after explaining it in grave detail. Someone else will create the website the way they believe it should look while incorporating your ideas. Also, your not paying someone to create the website for you.
What are some of the drawbacks?
· Drawbacks would include overlooked something or leaving items that are incorrect in content and design.
What is the difference between Usability and Accessibility and why are they important?
· Usability is being able to navigate through a website with ease. No one will use your website if they difficulty using your website. It is frustrating and annoying.
· Accessibility is anyone being able to access and use the website regardless of impairment or disability. Because the world consists of a significant proportion of people using the web who have one kind of disability or another they require certain functions to be able to access your website. If your website does not have the accessibility functions then shame on you and viewer will move on to an accessable website.

Chapter 3 & 4 both reiterated what was taught in class, by Professor Michele on about how to create a web page using Front Page 2003.
Chapter 3 advises you on what Web pages really are and what you should and should not do with additions to the web pages. Basically they are HTML code translated into a picture and text for the world to view. Some web authorizing software programs allow you to manually update the HMTL code others do not. Formatting the text with various font styles, font sizes, alignment arrangements, and how to create a space between lines, paragraph, or not with breaks. When changing the color of the font and or the background once must make sure it does not make the text difficult to read. This is a major turn off. Links are included for various reasons. E-mail links should be spelled out to avoid any confusion and allow the view to make note of the e-mail address without clicking on the link. Internal and external links are self-explanatory. Internal links must be created within the website, while the exact URL must be know to reference external links. Graphics, tables, and frames can all be headaches to create and add to a page but used correctly they can add style to a web page.

Chapter 4 advises you step by step on what should be done in preparation of creating a website. Organize all files with folders and subfolders for easy access and storage. Correctly name all files with lower case letters, without special characters with the few exception of the underscore and period, no spaces, saving the file with the proper htm or html ending, naming graphics and using the correct extension, and keeping the file name as short as possible. Saving the title page, the name in which people will see. Finding a server that best suits your needs, the various but very answers to the questions that should be asked, and retaining a domain name either by allowing the server to provide one to you or taking the steps to own your name. After all that, that hard part begins. Creating a website is normally done for one specific reason either personal or business and will target a specific audience. Your ideas should be spelled out in an outline and all content materials such as photographs should be collected, saved at a higher resolution and filed.
If these simple instructions are followed then it will assist in creating your website a little easier.

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