Canva - Card or page layout. This online graphic design site is cool, but best of all they have a very strong educational environment, with very good, and easy-to-learn lessons on simple graphic design. Love it!
Wix - Apps for growing your market
Google Webmaster Tools - for Search Engine Optimization
With one more class left, I would like to see some nearly finished websites, and I will display them in class and critique them mercilessly (anyone seen the trailer for the upcoming movie; "Whiplash?*")
Well, okay, I will likely be just a little bit easier on you than the way that music instructor treats the drummer, but I have to have my fun, you know.
It might help everybody if I am able to actually work on some of your websites. If you would like to let me do that, just make me an editor.
Here is how to make someone an editor of your site:
I believe that everyone who wants one should have a working website from this class, and I will do what I can to help you achieve that.
If you are stuck somewhere:
Click here for a pdf of the PhotoScape sheet I gave you in class, in color!.
That might be it, but it wouldn't hurt to check back here Monday or so in case I add anything. Have a weekend!
* Caution: there is some "adult" language in this trailer.
The following key combinations (and many more!) are available in most software programs and in your operating system on both PCs and Macs. Press the Ctrl key and these keys for faster and easier work.
Photos are integral to most websites, and you will want to include many in yours.
Weebly has a very simple photo editor, but it is limited to cropping, rotating and a few special effects, so you cannot resize or compress your photos in Weebly. I am told they are working on a real photo editor, but until they develop one, we'll have to use something else.
See this photo? It is less than 100k in size, but was 30 times that size out of the camera. Using photos right out of your camera can slow down your website, so it is a good practice to edit and reduce your image's file size before uploading.
There are hundreds of photo editing software packages available, such as Adobe's Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, and Corel's Printshop Pro, but I have found a free one that I have recommended to students for its simplicity and versatility. Photoscape is available for download on PCs and Macs, here.
Thanks to Diana Matthews for reminding me that I forgot to point out an important feature available for your blog posts.
You really don't want to fill your main page with lengthy blog posts, but should have them "shortened" so your readers can easily scroll through them. You can do this nicely with the READ MORE BREAK.
Curious? Click on that little "Read More" link, below.
Please type in (or cut-and-paste) the URL of your website below so I can take a look at it. Thanks! Mark
Hello everybody, great class last night!
I think we are at the stage now where we need to become more comfortable with dragging and dropping features, and I would like you all to do just that, and do it again.
Please work on a single page and just practice dragging features onto it. Drag features beside other ones, on top and below others.
Remember the blue lines? Concentrate on those, and how they indicate where you are dragging something, appearing either vertical or horizontal.
Here is a quick form I created to introduce you to forms and to collect some contact information from you all. Please fill out this form (at least your name and an email address.) See you Thursday! Mark
Hey guys, I have found that you can insert free photos into your site:
Here is the homework assignment due Feb. 5
1. Visit (simple!) websites and look for ones you like
2. Watch tutorial videos
3. Create your website on paper
If you bookmark this page, you can come back to it without wandering through my site - neat, eh?
ALSO: Please feel free to wander through the Weebly features and play with your website a little, or a lot - have fun!