Tonight we re-examined the steps to follow to ensure that your
web site is designed to appeal your target audience.
We also saw how to create external links on our web pages.
By now you should have all of the information and the basic Dreamweaver
skills that you need to start creating your web pages.
On Saturday, we will have another look at using tables to organise
the design of our web pages. We will also see how to create templates
Using templates has two main advantages
It gives your site a consistent look and feel
It saves time & effort
Don't forget to draw up a plan of your site layout.
This can be anything from a hand drawn sketch to a carefully crafted
plan using an illustration program. You will find it makes things
a lot easier if you are clear in your own mind of what you are trying
If you have any logo's or images for your site, make sure you bring
them along. If you want to create your own logo's, we will be starting
to do that next Wednesday, when we have our first look at Fireworks.
In today's class we had a look at most of the factors that we need
to consider before we can start to plan our web site.
In the next class we will have a look at the rest of them and start
on our actual planning and design, actually you should be able to
start the basic planning now. Go to the web design area if you need
to review anything.
Don't forget to bring floppy disks and your basic plan to the next
class, and don't forget to read chapter 3 of the Dreamweaver
We have spent the last few lessons having a quick look at some
of the options that are available to us when creating web pages.
We have seen that we can use a simple text editor such as Windows
Notepad, an HTML editor, 1st Page 2000, for instance
and a full blown WYSIWYG tool, like Dreamweaver.
It is Dreamweaver that we will be using mainly from now on, although
if we have time we will also have a look at Microsoft FrontPage.
In tonight's class we made a a very simple start by creating some
dummy pages and linking them together. And that is all a web site
is, a set of pages with links between them. What you put on those
pages and how easy the navigation system is, will determine whether
or not your site succeeds or fails.
Students should now head over to the Web
Design section, where I have started to document the steps to
follow when creating a web site
Note - Don't forget to
Read chapter 3 of the Dreamweaver manual
Define the purpose of your web site
Start planning your site on a piece of paper
Buy some disk to save your web site on
Bring your site plan and disks to the next class
In today's class, one of the subjects that we discussed was the
careful use of colour when designing your web site. Here is a great
page titled Communicate
with Colour. It also contains links to other sources of information
on this subject.
I also mentioned that we need to be aware of the problems that
colour blind people may have when viewing web sites, see this article
for the Colour Blind, for more information on this subject.
In tonight's class one of the items we looked at was the use of
fonts. As we discussed, you can't be sure that the viewer of your
web site is going to have the same fonts that you have on your computer,
so you need to be careful which fonts you use. However, if you want
some free fonts for your computer then have a look at 007fonts.com.
They have a lot of freeware fonts available and not too many pop
up windows (see below).
Further down the track we will be looking at how to convert text
into a graphic, for creating logo's etc. You may want to grab some
fonts that you can use for this purpose. I've only had a quick look
at this site but they appear to have a good range of decorative
fonts, which would be ideal for this purpose.
You may also want to have a look at freewarefonts.com
which actually provides a page of links to sites with free fonts.
Please note, this site, like many sites that offer free stuff
will pop up new windows all over the place, and when you close them
more windows will pop up - you have been warned.
Note: These study guides are available
both online and in printed format.
Students should be aware, that the online versions are always the
most up to date.
This area is for questions that
are asked in class, but for one reason or another aren't fully answered.
This may occurs because the question is too complex to answer, without
getting too far off track, or it may be that I don't know the answer
(Hey! I don't profess to know everything).
These questions will quite often be answered by providing a link
to a web page on another site