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Web Design Fundamentals is a survey of Web design and development techniques and technologies, fundamental concepts, terms, and best practices involved in professional web design. Instructor James Williamson examines popular web development tools, server-side software solutions, content management solutions, and cloud-based software, providing a high-level overview of the world of Web publishing.
In these cases, I wanted to offer a few recommendations about getting online quickly and establishing an online presence without needing advanced technical skills. One way to get a site up and running in a single day, even with no technical skills at all is to create a blog. Now blogs have come a long way since they first started offering a way for people to publish their thoughts online. The basic premise of a blog, a quick way to publish archive content, hasn't changed that dramatically, but the abilities, features and designs of blogs have come a long way.
Many blogs have become so powerful in fact, the line between what is a blog and what is full-featured site is increasingly blurred. There are basically two paths to take when considering a blog. The first would be to use one of the many free blogging sites and services available online. For those, often just signing up for a free account is all you need to get started. From there, you can usually choose a theme, upload a few graphics, and just start publishing. In my opinion, it's simply the fastest way to get your content online. Now this approach does have a few drawbacks.
Since you're using a free service, your address will likely share that if you're a provider. Rather than being www. myblog.com for example, you would be www.myblog.wordpress.com, if you're using a blog through WordPress. Many blogging sites will also serve ads on your page without your approval and feature sets can be limited. Honestly though are so many choices of blogging platforms available to you, a quick Google search and a single day of research should be all you need to choose a blogging solution that's right for you.
Now if you want to take blogging a bit further, you could register your own domain, choose a hosting company and install blogging software yourself to run and manage your own blog. This is a bit more technical than going through a blogging service and will probably take a few days to get your site where you want it. But don't be intimidated by this approach. First, most hosting companies have blogging installs that they will do for you. So, you can look for a hosting company that has WordPress, MovableType or other blog engines ready to go. Second, there are a lot of really cool themes you can install into your blog, so that you don't have to customize it yourself.
Themes control more than just layout and they can add an advanced degree of functionality to your blog. Most blogging platforms have powerful administrative controls that are well documented and easy to use. From that standpoint, maintaining a blog is a quick and easy way to get a robust site online quickly. Now, if you already have some web design experience, or if you want to challenge yourself to learn by doing, you may want to explore using a template-based site. There are a lot of sites online that specialize in offering site templates that you can customize and use for your own website. Often these templates have rich interfaces, Flash integration, and a high degree of design and functionality.
You simply register a domain, choose a hosting company, and download the template to your website. From there, you customize the site by changing out graphics, replacing the placeholder text with your own and then adding or deleting pages as necessary. If Flash content, e-commerce, or database integration is part of the template set, you will need to have the ability to customize each of those areas for your own page used as well. Now often this takes more knowledge than many novice designers possess. So make sure that you look for a template site that offers detailed documentation and support features to make sure you can update your templates correctly.
Often, using templates is a good way of easing yourself into designing sites from scratch, customizing the CSS, modifying the existing HTML, and exploring the site's structure and functionality can be a great way of exposing yourself to how sites are put together before attempting to build your own. I do want to caution, however, that the quality of these templates can vary wildly. So, make sure you are getting templates from a site that practices good design and offers well-written code. Finally, if you're looking to get content online quickly, don't underestimate the power of social media sites like Twitter, Flicker, LinkedIn, Facebook.
While not technically offering you a way to host a site, these sites allow you to get your content online and network with your target audience in a way that your own site can't. A better way of looking at social media is to use it as a way to support your site, and enhance your online brand and presence.
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