Surveying The Possibilities

Overview

The purpose of this lesson is to begin considering what makes a high-quality website. As a group, we will explore questions such as these:
• Why do you feel that some websites are good?
• Why do you feel that some websites are not so good?
• Do others agree with your opinion?
• Does anyone disagree?
• Who is the target audience for a particular site?
• How might website quality be judged differently across different audiences?
• Are there some qualities of websites that all audiences would agree are good? What are these qualities?

It is tempting in a web design course to plunge in and start right away creating and developing web pages. However, since our goal is for you to learn to develop high-quality websites, we first must spend some time developing an understanding of what "quality" means. This is important because if websites aren't developed with quality in mind, visitors might be unable to find the content or features they're looking for, or they may be unable to access or use these features. Users don't give websites many chances. If they don't like a site, they may leave quickly and never return. If they like a site, they'll return to it again and again, plus they'll tell others about it.

Assignments - Week Two

In addition to understanding website quality, you must spend some time planning a website before you begin to develop its content. Just as there are pre-writing steps that ought to be done prior to writing an essay, there are pre-coding steps to do before you create a website. Planning ahead will reduce the number of mistakes you'll make while constructing the site. In the work world, this will save you time and money.

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