- The Power of CSS
From a previous knowledge of CSS, I knew that you can change how your website looks, but I didn’t think there was much animation involved. I found a really great site that showed 30 examples of different kinds of animation that is possible with CSS. Most of them worked with my up to date Firefox browser. There are more effects used with the Opera browser, but most people don’t use that one. Hovering options, navigation buttons/bars, and transitions seemed to be the most popular effects used. Since I don’t know any other script, I might have to give these a try when working on my own portfolio website.
- Shared Web Hosting
This is kind of a boring topic for me, but when having a website web hosting is an important step. I never bought my own domain name or set up hosting a site before. If I were to start the process myself, I would google “best shared web hosting” to see the most popular results. I would choose a site that was inexpensive and had really good customer reviews. When buying things online, cheap isn’t always better. Watch out for scams and fraudulent companies.
- Content Management Systems
I took Laura’s WordPress class last semester and really loved it. I have never used WordPress and didn’t know what it was before that. I just thought it was a place to put up boring blogs and it’s not very useful. The capabilities of CMS can change how business owners run a website. You don’t even need to know code and the changes are uploaded instantly! To get what you want and set your business apart from the rest, I suggest you pay the yearly fee because it will be well worth it.
- Mobile Website
Over half of internet users are using their phones to access the internet. Having a mobile version of your website is a huge deal and can make or break your customers. It is possible to use a desktop version on your phone or tablet, but it can make things difficult because of the smaller size and constant scrolling. When making a mobile or tablet friendly website, make all of your navigation big and accessible. Don’t clutter it up too much or put too much copy on it. Make your text and fonts readable just as if you were designing a desktop version. Simplicity is the key when creating mobile websites.
- Viral Video Advertising
Most recently I participated in the greatest viral marketing video of all time; the ice bucket challenge. Even though this challenge wasn’t made up by the ALS association, it brought awareness and donations that were well needed. It was unique, cool, and everyone participated because you didn’t want to be left out. I did the challenge not because someone challenged me, but I have an aunt suffering from this disease. She appreciated the support my family was giving her. This was emotional marketing that touched a lot of hearts.