Web page design: Personal
I generated the following tips from
developing my own web page over the years. This is a good primer
to get a home page of your own up and running. Hopefully you will
find this is a helpful checklist and a good source of ideas.
|Some general tips
Code? Don't start by worrying
about writing code. Instead think about what you would use you site
for the vast majority of the time. I started by writing and writing
and writing nothing but the text that would eventually end up on my web
site. There was no need to concern myself with the technical aspects
until I had something to work with. Why try to build a car before
you've got the parts you need handy?
Text first. One of the teachers
I helped put on-line said that the best advice I gave her was to ignore
all the fancy stuff and to just write the text. In other words, forget
what the web site will eventually
look like, and worry about the
meat of the site. You can't really paint a house until you've finished
building it, so don't even start looking for graphics until you have an
idea what purpose the aesthetics will likely to serve.
Graphics. When you start to paste
your site together, don't include too much graphic content. It can slow
down the time required to download a site, be distracting, and look self-indulgent.
This goes double for distracting animations. Suggestion: Use your
graphics constructively rather than as mere ornamentation. For example,
pictures of what you're highlighting can make for great bullets that address
both left- and right-brained thinkers.
Dialogue. Having a peer give
you constructive advice can get you thinking about the best ways of organizing
your site so that someone unfamiliar with it can navigate effectively on
their first visit. Whenever I reorganize my site, I always ask for
feedback immediately after I post it.
Information. Don't put what you
don't want copied on the internet. If you think something is just
too precious to give away, don't put it out there.
Help! Finally, don't be afraid
to ask for help. Kids know more about this than you do. No,
I'm completely serious. They'll figure out what you're doing wrong.
of personal page
I won't address formatting of these sections
here. Typically an organizational scheme will emerge from the once
you have your content together. This is reflected by the fact that
the list below contains a fair amount of overlap.
Main page - Navigate the site
from here if you have a lot of content. May have as little as a menu
or may contain some biographical information.
About me page - Who are you?
vita (CV) or resume
hobbies and interests (personal or professional)
Professional page - An informal
resume. List your accomplishments and what you're good at.
Hobbies - Whatever you're good
at can be expanded into:
galleries of your work
"how to" pages
links to related pages
Blog - Your "web log" can be
your journal. Actually, mine is composed of bits from old email.
Photo galleries - Whatever you
want to show.
family, friends, pets
art projects or other creations
Text - A portfolio of what you
have to say
writing projects/homework assignments
interesting bits from your outgoing email
(see "blog" above)
archive of the few good bits you enjoyed out
of all the junk your friends forward you
Links - Where in the web?
which of your bookmarks would you share?
whose sites do you want to point people to?
about web sites
Some things to be aware of when creating
Copyright infringement - Don't post
graphics you didn't create or purchase, or text from published sources.
Note that you can always create links if there's something somewhere else
on the web that you want to show.
Use of photographs - Photographs must
be with permission for all learners. Have a permission form available if
you are going to be taking pictures to publish on-line.
for building your site
Composer - This program is included with Netscape Communicator.
Netscape is free on the web and is very easy to work with (except for a
few quirks). Almost everything on this site was built using this
program (although most text was written in WordPad before the respective
pages were constructed).
Frontpage - This is a fairly well designed program, but it's a
bit of an investment price-wise. However, it does have a lot of bells and
whistles, far more than you will ever need.
page - Your assignment: Find twelve things wrong with this page
and don't do them when you build yours.
first web page - In one fell swoop, internet satirist Seanbaby
parodies some of the worst aspects of the earliest pages found on the web.
(free!) clip art sites