Ms P’s Website Design Tutorial
You don’t need special software to create a great website. A great website happens NOT with the tips of the fingers; it happens in the depths of the brain. Outstanding websites result from extensive planning. Planning saves time & avoids frustration during page creation & when updates & additions are required. Professional Web designers recommend 6 areas of focus for good Web design: your identity, your users, navigation, layout, content & graphics. Ms P’s 6-step Design Tutorial helps you develop a dynamic and user-responsive website.
With the help of the tutorial, you’ve designed your website & completed phase one of Web work:
Analyzing users to determine website goals, learning information architecture to structure navigation, applying graphic design principles to create visually stimulating pages.
You’ve also devoted your time & ability to provide the information your users need, and so completed phase two of Web work:
Creating & publishing webpages (using HTML and/or WYSIWYG applications) to provide accurate, timely content in a precise, coherent manner.
Now you can sit back & relax…well, not exactly. The World Wide Web is a dynamic, changing entity & there are always new things to learn, to improve the quality & content of your website. Here are 2 suggestions to enhance your Web presence & increase user satisfaction.
Check out my Top 10 tips for a successful webpage, based on many years of reading books and listserv postings.
Utilizing computer skills to manage files on the webserver, striving to keep pages current by removing dead links & outdated information, creating ever more interactive webpages for your users.
- Mrs. P’s Web Design Tutorial & Resources: This outstanding collection of tips and resources was created by Barbara Paciotti, School Library/Media Specialist at Barbara Bush Middle School in Irving, Texas. Clean and complete, it clearly lays out the process from start to finish, highlighting the tools and techniques you need to get a first-class web site up and running. Nice work!