CA 260 has been one of my favorite classes this semester. I have learned a lot in this. I have learned about coding, websites, blogs, and so much more. One of my favorite things that we did this semester was creating websites.
Websites can be very important in the professional word, especially in the world of Strategic Communication. Knowing how to successfully create and operate a website will be a huge help in my future career. It will also help when trying to find that career. My website is a good way to showcase myself as a serious Communication major and show potential employers my abilities.
My website is http://dbwilliamsphotography.weebly.com/ and I love the way that it turned out. We have to present our websites to the class on Monday. I am excited to see how everyone’s websites turned out.
One of the best parts of the website project was the design part. I enjoyed picking out what design I wanted and figuring out how to put my pictures on the site in the best way. I wanted to seem professional and organized.
The tools on Weebly were easy to use and it was fun figuring out what the tools did. There was one time that the site glitched up and I had to contact the help service because a feature that I added to my page wouldn’t go away when I clicked on the “x”. The help service contacted me back immediately and solved the problem.
I loved learning how to use Weebly.
This week in lab we discussed online privacy and the price of free. It was eye opening in a lot of ways. There are just somethings that I hadn’t thought of until that class. I will now be extremely careful when posting information about myself if it can be used to hurt me. I don’t really care if people know my thoughts and feelings, but my social and bank information is something I would like to keep to myself.
This week we had to read the following:
One of the assignments for the week was to think of a few domain names for my website and then see if they are taken by searching them on WHOIS. The first possible domain name that I thought of was dbwilliamsphotography.com. It is not currently owned. There are other domains that are similar, but this one is available for $12.99. This is the only domain name that I would be interested in purchasing.
I might buy a domain name for myself in the future if my site picks up and I start bringing in business. If it is a failed project then I don’t want to waste money on it. If it is profitable then not having .weebly might make it look more professional. It might then be worth purchasing.
For now I am going to stick to free services because I am a broke college student and have a lot on my plate. After I graduate, if my site is still profitable, then I might pay for hosting. Then I will be able to spend more time working on it and making it a top priority.
This week in class, we have been learning how to properly edit pictures and put them on our Weebly pages. I think it’s pretty cool. I like seeing how different I can make the pictures look, but I don’t like to use edited pictures when I do photography. I feel like it’s not as honest.
Well this week we had to read the following:
We also had to watch the following:
In today’s world, “Sites…feature video for every imaginable use and visitors and users have grown to anticipate this engaging medium” (https://www.ducttapemarketing.com/creating-and-using-web-video-never-easier/). Video has become a huge part of all websites. People expect it and when there’s not a video then people are often taken aback.
A video on my site could help showcase the primary purpose of my website. It could let people know who my target audience is and why I would like to reach them. It could show the meaning behind my work and so viewers could be more aware and understanding of the meaning. The last reason is that video can show why I take pictures and post them for all to see.
If I had to make a video for my website I would want it to be artsy. I would include a lot about where I take pictures and have a little bit about why. I wouldn’t want a lot of talking. I would want for the video to kind of speak for itself.
I would need a lot of equipment in order to make my video. I would need a DSLR camera so that my shots would look really nice and professional. I would like to look into external light sources because I think they would work nicely for what I would want to do. I would also need really good editing software. I think that will all of these tools, I could have a very professional looking video. It’s too bad I’m broke.
This week in lab we finished up coding. It was pretty cool by the end because I was able to create a little website using only text and symbols. This week we are talking about accessibility. We were required to read the following:
The readings really helped me to understand accessibility and come up with a way for me to make my website more accessible for all people. People with websites should make them more accessible because “The Web is fundamentally designed to work for all people, whatever their hardware, software, language, culture, location, or physical or mental ability. When the Web meets this goal, it is accessible to people with a diverse range of hearing, movement, sight, and cognitive ability” (http://www.w3.org/standards/webdesign/accessibility).
For my site, I plan on having keyboard input so that people with limited motor control can access my site with limited to no use of the mouse. I will also try to use color schemes that are easy for people with colorblindness to see. Wearecolorblind (http://wearecolorblind.com/examples) provides excellent examples of what colors work together for colorblind people and what colors don’t. I plan on using the site to make sure I don’t use any of the “bad” example color schemes.
Another thing I have to be careful of is not triggering epileptic seizures. My site can’t “Contain anything that flashes more than three times in any one second period or flash below the general flash and red flash thresholds” (https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/info/photosensitive-epilepsy/web-design). My site will not contain anything that flashes or blinks. Epilepsy.org also provides many other examples of how to make your site more accessible for people for epilepsy.
For some reason, I can’t seem to think of another example of access or accessibility that wasn’t discussed in our module, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t more. It means that I have to do more research to make sure that I make my site accessible to anyone who wants to visit it.
This week in class we have been learning how to code. I am honestly not a fan. It’s too complicated for me, but I do like the feeling I get when I look at what I created from code. It feels like I have created something from nothing.
Well as you can see from the featured image, I was required to sketch out my website on a piece of paper. My website is dbwilliamsphotography.weebly.com if you would like to check it out. Sketching out the site made me realize what features worked better in different places. I could look at my entire sight as a whole and find where I need to add things and where I need to remove things in order to have my site look cohesive.
This week I had to watch two videos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t14MwuWH_ts&feature=youtu.be and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSMHdqVa21A&feature=youtu.be) and look at a website (http://venturi-web-design.com/planning-a-website-organizing-your-content-a-short-guide-for-beginners/) in order to find tips on how to make my site better.
I learned that my main menu should show what my site is going to be about and be organized by importance. I learned to organize my pages into logical categories. Another tip mentioned was to include a home page, about page, and contact page. It is important to separate each service offered on to a separate page. And finally, it taught me to know and understand my target audience so I can know what content to include on my site.
The videos and website were very helpful this week. I especially liked the one about creating new pages on Weebly. I have been having trouble figuring it out and the video helped me to create some. Anyone having trouble with Weebly should check it out.
This week for CA 260, we are required to make a Weebly account and set up a website. Weebly has many features that help make it easy to use. It allows you to write, blog, drag and drop, and sell your product online. It also allows you to edit and manage your website from your phone. These features are great for people just now learning web design.
These features helped me a lot because I am new to web design. I have zero background knowledge and this kind of stuff is hard for me. You can probably tell by my blog. 🙂 I was really confused at first using Weebly, but I figured it out.
I just set my account up like five minutes ago. I had to register with my email and then pick a domain for my site. I picked dbwilliamsphotography.weebly.com. Please don’t look at it yet. I literally haven’t done any work to it yet because I’m sitting in the hallway of school waiting on my class to start. I have zero time to work on it right now.
Then I had to pick a theme. I picked Vivian because I like the picture against the gray background. I think they look nice together and will be perfect for what I hope to accomplish with my website. I think that I will keep this these as long as it continues to look nice. I might play around with the themes and find something that looks better, but I don’t know if I’ll do that yet. We’ll see.
AAAnnnnd I don’t feel like posting a picture with this post because I feel like it doesn’t really serve a purpose. I feel like it is a waste of a good picture to stick it on to some boring text. I want to save my pictures for the personal posts because I pour a lot of myself into those and the pictures show who I am too.