We had to create a website for one of our modules, so we were able to sign up and create one basic page with our new domain name. However, I didn’t want it to stop there, I wanted to create a professional website that I can use on my business cards, social media and can give to anyone who is interested in what I do.
Once I had finished my previous module, I then completely changed it by choosing a new theme, ‘Fukasawa’. I picked this specific one because I like the layout, it seemed to be really modern and also everything’s spaced out. However, there were a lot of things that I wanted to change, and having no knowledge of coding or website making at all, I booked an appointment with a tutor at Coventry who specialises in it. This turned out to be two sessions, but it was really good to have a one to one because rather than her doing everything for me, I got here to take me through what she was doing step by step. This means that if I want to completely change my website in the future I’ll have some sort of knowledge of what I am doing. Here something of the things I’ve learned and some of the things I can now do:
-Anything in the brackets can change
-Before editing any coding always post it in a word document to ensure that if anything goes wrong with your new coding you can change it back
-Ultimate Social Media Plus- this is a good way to display all my social media because it can be altered, mines at the side of every page, and when clicked will go on to a new page
-The designer normally puts there name at the bottom of the page, but this can be coded out- I now have “2016 Chloe Parker”, which makes it look so much more professional and like its my own
-The comments box can be coded out- I don’t want this as its more appropriate for a blog rather than a website
-Use ‘open in new tab’ when you can, as this will increase how long the person stays on your site for
-Visual means you can see how its going to look on the page- text means what you actually have on the page, and it is all the coded which is a lot easier to edit the page once you know what to do and what not to do
-I also decided to change the background colour, as it was half white and half grey, I just wanted one solid white page so it has more of a clean look
-I downloaded Gallery by Supsystic- this means that when someone clicks onto one image they can then click through each one rather than having to click off onto another image
-You can put links from different web pages- this is perfect for my writing
Obviously, this is just a small sample of some of the things I’ve been doing. I’ve been working on my website for hours trying to get the right look, and I’m currently really happy. I think it’s a really appropriate place to present my work and it’s not all clustered. I’m proud to have a website that I can now give to people and they can look through my work.
A part of the professional experience module I was asked to create a portfolio of the work I’ve created during this year. This was mainly writing and I created a ‘Publications and Features’ page on my website dedicated to this. I’ve been doing some personal research into what way I want to present my work. I’ve found it hard because I want to showcase both my writing and photography, and most of the websites that I have been looking for inspiration from only have one. However, I knew that I could have one page dedicated to my writing and then I could perhaps have each of my recent photographic projects categorised down the side. I went along and emailed a couple of people who were really helpful, this perhaps was the most helpful:
Because it showed me different styles rather than the other people who I emailed who only had one style for writing. I liked the first one this specific person I emailed had suggested because you could click on the link to see his writing on another website. This was perfect for me because I’ve done a lot of work on blogs; therefore there aren’t any specific tear sheets like they are if you’ve done work for magazines. So I chose this, although I didn’t like how you had to click on the website link and it took you to another page which you then had to click on to get the article. I made sure that as soon as you click on the title of the piece you are taken straight to where my article is. Also I made sure than they open on a new page because it will help people stay on my website. Another person also suggested that I should have tear sheets as jpegs on my site. This was a good piece of advice, and rather having the magazines linked to my website like I had the blog posts I decided to have a link to a pdf. This means you can read it in much higher detail.
Having an online portfolio to me is essential. If I were focusing just on photography then I would have concentrated on my physical folder for my images, which I have. But because I really want to push my writing, this digital version is much more appropriate. It’s also important because when the website promotes me they can link my website, and then the reader can see everything I’ve done in one simple place. I’m really happy that I was able to learn this much coding and really build my knowledge and confidence of creating a website, which before was non-existent. But now I have created a professional looking place where all my work can be shown in an organized and viewable way.
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