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What will determine the success of your web site? A very important question and the answer to this question is really going to determine every decision we make when creating our site, because this is really going to determine our goal for the site. So what is your goal for your site? Is it to get a job? Is it to make money selling a product or a service? Or you are just expressing yourself creatively? It could be any one of these or you can make up your own. But if your goal is to get a job, for instance, you want to list your credentials.

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Creating a First Web Site with Flash CS4 Professional
3h 8m Beginner Apr 15, 2009

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Information on how to learn Flash is prevalent, but it can be frustrating to understand how to make an entire working web site using this unique technology. Here's a course that cuts through the clutter and offers practical tools for creating a dynamic web site, even for first-time developers. In Creating a First Web Site with Flash CS4 Professional, veteran Flash instructor Paul Trani simplifies the process of integrating animation, video, audio, and user interactivity to create a site that is dynamic and appealing. The goal of this hands-on workshop is to teach web site-building skills for today's demanding interactive industry. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Manipulating images for the best results
  • Integrating assets from other Adobe products
  • Creating buttons with ActionScript
  • Embedding links to external web sites
  • Exploring text layouts
  • Customizing interactive contact forms
Subjects:
Web Web Design Projects
Software:
Flash Professional
Author:
Paul Trani

Planning a successful web site

What will determine the success of your web site? A very important question and the answer to this question is really going to determine every decision we make when creating our site, because this is really going to determine our goal for the site. So what is your goal for your site? Is it to get a job? Is it to make money selling a product or a service? Or you are just expressing yourself creatively? It could be any one of these or you can make up your own. But if your goal is to get a job, for instance, you want to list your credentials.

So whatever credentials you have that qualify you for this job, you definitely want to play those up and list those on your site. You will also want to show your experience, not just talk about what you can do, but if you are a great photographer, of course, you are going to show your best work on your site. Lastly, you want to give your users the ability to get in touch with you. So, you've got to keep your users' goal in mind as well, because they are there to learn something about you. Once they have learned all this great information about you, you have to give them the ability to contact you.

Now the user also has a list of expectations in mind as well. One of those is, of course, is the site easy to find? If I type it in Google, does your site come up? Once I'm at your site, is it easy to navigate? Is your content grouped logically, does it make sense? Does it deliver the information that's expected from a user's standpoint? Is the information given concise and is it given in a timely manner as well? So keep all of these user expectations in mind along with their goals as well as your site goals and your site has a great chance of being an awesome success.

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Q: If I create a website using Flash CS4 on a Mac, can I edit it on a PC using Flash CS4?
A: As long the file is saved as a .FLA file with the extention ".fla" typed at the end of the filename when saving on a Mac, it should open with no problem on a PC.
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