So when I first began brainstorming names and concepts for my website I first just searched titles that included my name because I wasn’t sure what I wanted the purpose of my website to be. Now, that I know what I want my site to be about it was a little easier to come up with the domain name. The hard part is finding a name that isn’t already taken. So when gathered the goals and purpose of my site, I came up with the name Life Support. Well when I searched LifeSupport on WHOIS.net, of course that was already taken. When I used weebly to narrow down a site name I ended up just settling with LifeeSupport. Of course, the extra “e” was added to allow me to use a domain name that wasn’t already taken without having to completely change the name. I definitely won’t pay for hosting because I am just starting. At this point I don’t know what the feedback and participation of the site will be like so I would like to just keep it simple for now. Also, I will not pay for a domain name right now because of the same reason listed previously. However, in the future if I make a site for business purposes I might purchase a domain name or pay for hosting.
I actually learned a lot more than I expected to learn from this week’s module. One interesting tip that I never thought about from Wired.com was”Don’t Reuse Passwords.” Of course this is really simple, but you just never really think about it. I never thought of paying attention to the repetition of passwords. Another interesting thing I learned about was the use of password managers. I found it really interesting that “All you’ll ever need to know is the master password. The rest of your passwords are encrypted, and can only be unlocked by that master password” (Wired). Lastly, I found the information about Simon Wadsworth’s company interesting. “Simon Wadsworth is an Online Reputation Management consultant for his company Igniyte (), which specialises in helping people fix their digital profiles” (TechAdvisor). I think this company was a really good idea. This module also taught me to make sure I pay attention to my internet footprint. I need to be sure to watch what I post, share, or like on any social media pages. As a future communications professional, I think all of this information is very important to know. I think this because you never know, one day I might be responsible for my own company or another company’s social media sites, private information, etc. If this were true I would need to be aware of how to protect the company’s important information; and what is appropriate and what is not appropriate. I would also need to be able to protect the company’s accounts which includes handling the log ins.
Okay so I had no idea there were so many resources available for web design training. This week I learned about 22 of the best and most common resources. Out of the 22 I feel that 3 of them would significantly useful to me. The first one that stood out to me was the first one on the list W3Schools. This one stood out to me because they said it “starts off in the beginning with the most basic lessons.” They also mentioned that it uses plain and simple language to explain everything. This one would be super useful to me because I have just recently started learning about these things for the first time; therefore I have no experience whatsoever. Another resource that I think would be useful to me is Don’t Fear The Internet. The thing that stands out to me about this resource is the audience at which it is aimed. They mentioned that it is “aimed at similarly creative people who have little to no desire to do web design professionally – but at the same time don’t want an ugly cookie-cutter site showcasing their work.” I feel like this applies to me because I want my blog and site to look very nice and be inviting but I don’t have a desire to do web design professionally. Another one that stands out to me is Khan Academy. I have used Khan Academy before and I am very familiar with it; of course this one stands out to me as well so I feel it would be useful to me.
CA 260 would be a little more difficult for me if it were taught entirely online. I don’t think I would enjoy this because even with the class already being blended online and in class, I sometimes get really lost or confused. I think there are some things taught in this class that need to be explained by a teacher in a person. I think students would get less from this class if it was strictly online because I don’t think they would learn as much as they can from this class.
Okay so this week I learned about content management systems. Before learning about them I was aware of one popular one called WordPress. Of course I was familiar with this one because of this blog. Content management systems make it easier for websites to update and add content (Module 7). If I was asked to recommend a CMS to a local business that was looking to build a website I would probably recommend WordPress. If the company is not very experienced with making website then I would definitely recommend this. I would choose this one because in the article I read Tiwari states that WordPress “is simple and easy to use.” Also according to the article, it has the most options for themes and templates. This is important in my opinion because I am new to making websites and the multitude of themes and templates helped a lot when I was learning how to use it for blogging. The large number of themes and templates also allow you more options to find what fits you and the vision for your website best. Also, according to the article WordPress is also very easy to install. This may not be a big deal to many people, but I am very impatient sometimes so it’s good to know that the installation process is simple.
If the business would like to avoid having to hire someone to make their website then WordPress would definitely be great for them because if I can figure out how to use it, then anyone can. All it really takes is experimenting.
So this week I basically learned about emailing. I realized there are a lot of things about email that I wasn’t aware of before now. The first statement that caught my eye was “most of us are drowning in emails.” This stood out to me because it is so true! I have two email accounts that I do not even check anymore because I know they are full of random, irrelevant emails. I was instantly curious about what I could do about this overflow of emails. On the gmail help page about Organizing emails I found exactly what I needed. According to the google help page, “You can manage your incoming mail using Gmail’s filters to send email to a label, or archive, delete, star, or automatically forward your mail.” Before coming across this information on this week’s module I was not aware of this! This page also explained how to create/delete, import/export filters, and edit filters. The article named “7 Gmail Filters to Make Email Less of a Chore” on the Field Guide Site was also very helpful; especially because I have a School gmail account of my own. Out of the 7 filters that were given, the first one was my favorite. It stated “Prioritize emails from people you know.” This was my favorite one because I hate sorting through my unnecessary emails just to make sure I do not miss important ones. So prioritizing my emails would definitely help!
Okay so this week I am learning about website accessibility. I never thought about how important it was to make sure your website is accessible to as many people as possible. I never even thought about all of the different kinds of impairments that can affect internet use. I will definitely be paying more attention now to how accessible my website is. This also made me reflect on how fortunate I am and how sometimes I take that for granted. I want to make sure that everyone feels welcome and I hope that something from my site can make them smile. In order for this to happen I must make sure that I take the necessary steps towards making my site accessible to everyone. For example, I learned that I need to make sure my site is accessible to keyboard-only users. I never thought about this before. It is definitely something I’m going to keep in mind. Another thing that stuck out to me was making sure your website doesn’t start audio automatically when someone opens your site. This made me think about how annoying it is when I click on a site and the sound starts blasting before the video can even load. I wouldn’t want viewers to feel this way about my site so I am going to make sure I edit the sound to start when the viewer clicks on the video. Now that I am more aware about accessibility it is important to me that I make sure I do what I can to make my site as accessible as possible! ❤
So I sketched my website and it was more helpful than I thought it would be. It helps you to actually see the ideas that are in your head all in front of you at once. I’m definitely going to keep this in mind for any future website I make. The first tip that was mentioned that stuck out to me was the tip given about having a mini description about what your site is about under the title. It helps to let readers know what the purpose of your website is. Another tip that was given that stood out to me was using visual imagery highlighted words and bullet points to help you get your exact point across to viewers. The third tip that stood out to me was the tip about allowing separate pages for each “service.” For example, basically don’t load everything onto one page. The fourth tip that stood out was the tip about knowing and understanding your audience. This stood out to me because knowing and understanding your audience is important because it guides you on how to set up you information. The fifth tip that stood out was the tip that stated organize content into logical categories. This stood out to me because this affects how clear and affective your website is.
This is definitely a year of trying new things! First, I started with the blog. Now, it’s time to try out making my own website! This should be fun. Okay so I made my Weebly account. I downloaded the app on my phone and discussed to explore from my phone first. I went through the tutorial version so I could get a feel of how Weebly works. It basically walked me through the editing options. There are so many editing options. Similar to the blog experimenting, the editing options always stress me out. The theme I chose was the Cento theme. This theme seems more visual to me. I chose this theme because it seems very modern and organized. I like this theme, however I think I will change it. The main reason I think I’m going to change it is because I know myself and I’m super indecisive. It seems to be similar to making a blog site, however it’s different because of course I probably won’t have as many words on the website. I’m still not sure what exactly I want to focus on for the website. I’m thinking of focusing on my current life in college because that’s what I chose to do for the blog site. Making the website doesn’t appear to be hard. I’m probably unintentionally going to make it difficult for myself with my indecisiveness. This should be a fun experience. I’m very optimistic about it because I’ve never done anything like this before.