Making a Content Web Site

Site Map

Conclusion
It is important

Click to the beginning - Opening Statement - Why should you consider this?

Opening Statement Text Image Tables Hyperlinks Navigation Artistic Concerns Content Conclusion

 

There's no end to the Internet (except here), so it stands to reason there's no end to this kind of web site - but if you read the previous pages, you'll know I planned how I'm going to end this thesis project.

There are so many more things that can be discussed or shown in this web site. There's Cold Fusion, Forms, Interactivity, JavaScript, Java, PHP, etc. Those are cool things, but these topics are far from the original purpose of this web site. This web site is to help you (and your students) find the joy and stimulation in creating web sites instead of writing the traditional research paper. Web sites are different and not exactly a replacement for the research paper, but they are valuable. Content-based web sites focus more on the delivery of the information than the HTML code or the special effects. This is why this web site itself was built using a combination of the skills demonstrated within its own pages. All of the code, skills and pages shown, discussed, or visually presented in this web site, you can reproduce by just following the steps and advice presented within the pages. This was a deliberate intention and design of mine to prove that even something that on the surface looks complicated is just a matter of planning, data collecting and clicking.

I would be remiss if I didn't leave you with an Evaluation Tool. This is one of mine. I compiled it by going to several web sites and taking those elements that I felt best suited a content-based web site evaluation form. Please note that the "content" aspect is not present on the form. Evaluation of content should follow similar rules that you would have for a research paper. That is not different. What will be challenging will be to evaluate the elements of the site that present the information. In this form, I have included 4 (plus 1) categories. Each category represents a significant part of the web design process.

 

I want to leave you with the following thoughts:

1. Content-based web sites are not hard to make. This is not magic, and you don't need Dumbledore to help you.

2. Content-based web sites are viable alternatives to the essay and research paper assignments.

3. Content-based web sites are more versatile than the old standby term paper.

4. Planning is 90%; creation is 10% of the web site creation process.

5. Nothing is set in stone; you can always go back and modify and change things. In fact, plan to do so. Anything can be improved.

6. The web site is your pride and joy, and it is your audience that will benefit from it the most.

7. Once you make your first successful web site, you and your students will never look back.

 

And here's the very last thing: it's all about Communication.

 

Opening Statement Text Image Tables Hyperlinks Navigation Artistic Concerns Content Conclusion

Making a Content Web Site

Site Map

Conclusion
It is important

Click to the beginning - Opening Statement - Why should you consider this?