CIS89A - 10. Professional Developers

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A homepage of your own - Site planning

There are millions of web sites. Creating a web site and building an online presence is easy and inexpensive, so everyone is doing it. There are personal web sites as well as sites for schools, businesses and organizations. People expect to find every business, service and person via the internet.



Learning outcomes

  • visit domain name registration sites
  • plan a site launch



Keywords

  • domain name, hosting, meta content, mobile, browsers, FTP, testing, publicize, marketing, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), HTML email, plain-text


Reading guide

  • What options are available for domain name selection and registration?
  • What criteria should be considered when selecting a web host for your site?
  • What is "meta" content? Why is it important?
  • How many different browsers should be tested?
  • How are HTML files transferred to the host?
  • What are some ways to attract visitors to a site?
  • What are some of the advantages of HTML email? What are the disadvantages?


Assignments

The key skills of web development are teamwork, attention to detail, debugging, project management, distributed version control, the agile process, accessibility and usability, user needs analysis, user testing, and much more.

Coding project title and required elements

  • cis89site1 - title, meta, description, keywords
  • head element meta information for Search Engine Optimization, keywords, title, description , comments for .html and .css documentation


  1. Review the Keywords and Reading guide at the top of this page. These will help you look for important ideas in the rest of assignments for this module.

  2. Read chapters 19. How Javascript and jQuery are used to enhance web pages and 20. When and how to use third-party development tools in the textbook.

  3. Web site development - Read the description of the site development for the redesign of the Tate Kids site (part of the Tate Museums in the U.K.). What are some of the main issues for the client? How did the developer work with the client to address their concerns? How did they include interaction in the site? What were some of the important features of the new site? Write a brief summary highlighting ONE important thing you learned about professional web site development from this article. Post your response to Tate Kids site discussion.
    http://www.archimuse.com/mw2009/papers/jackson/jackson.html

  4. Domain names - Learn about domain names and registration and web hosting. There are 1000s of sites that offer domain registration and hosting services. Find a hosting site (other than GoDaddy or Network Solutions or any previously posted in the discussion) and use the site's search to see if some domain names you might want for your own site are available. Review their services and pricing. Are there other features or services that you might need? Are you going to have a business site? Are you going to sell stuff through your site? In the Site hosting discussion, post a link to the site you accessed and write a brief description of your findings.

  5. Rubrics - A rubric is a set of "rules" for an evaluation. By defining the criteria for ratings in advance, it is easier to provide objective feedback and a specific rating. There are lots of rubrics available for rating student-produced web sites. Layout, Design and Content Organization, are usually 3 of the criteria included in a web site evaluation rubric. Visit some examples. Then select a rubric that you will use to evaluate web sites.
    The rubric you select should include 4-5 characteristics and 3 levels to judge work - Needs work, Acceptable, Exceptional. Usually there is a score for each level for each criteria that is used to provide a score out of the possible total. Your selected rubric should include specific criteria for each area being assessed. There should be specific measurements or counts in each. This ensures that the evaluation is consistent and explainable. The descriptions of the work at each level will help the creator of the work being assessed to understand your evaluation and what they would need to do to improve the web site.
    Submit a link to the rubric you select along with a brief description of the objective of criteria and scoring to the Rubric discussion.
    Review the posts of 2 others and post a reply with your thoughts about the appropriateness of the rubrics to your site.

  6. Site evaluation - Test drive your rubric against a really 'good' site and a really 'bad' site. Pick two sites to review. Review the sites using your rubric selection. Provide the score and a brief description of your evaluation to the Site evaluation discussion.

  7. WEB SITE PROJECT - The Web Site Project is covered in 3 modules - 10. Planning, 11. Development and 12. Review. Consider these as parts of a single project assignment. You need to look ahead and be considering the work associated with all 3. Feedback is one of the most useful parts of the whole project. The steps are separated to provide guidance on time management and development process work. Look in Module 11. Web Site Projects for the details.

  8. Project planning - You have this week and next week to work on your project site. In a new coding project, create a page with your plan for your Project web site. The site will consist of 3-5 pages. This is the plan of your Project site. This is NOT your project site. This is the "what" and "why" description for the site, like the Tate Kids article. Who is your audience? What is their experience intended to be like? Create a ONE page outline for the site as the content of this page.
    * Provide a brief overview of the purpose and intended audience for your site.
    * CSS and "look" - Describe your choices for colors, fonts, layout. Why did you select these?
    This is a coding assignment too.
    * Include all the basics such as comments and error free code. Use the assignment elements and tags to make your planning page professional, too.
    * The stylesheet for this outline should show the look-and-feel of your site - colors, layout, that you will use throughout your project site.
    * List the search engine optimization keywords that you will use in the head meta element. Do a search using these keywords to ensure that the other sites that come up are similar to you planned site. Include links to 2 sites that were “found” by that search.
    * Add information to improve the viewer experience and to increase the probability that your site will be "found" in searches that are appropriate to your content.
    * Use all these elements and tags within your project page.
    Note: Your plan and your project are separate pages, although your project will be based on the outline in your plan. You can start your project, although it won't be reviewed or graded in this module. Take advantage of this time to work on your project as you plan and describe your project.

  9. Validate code - See what users will see when they visit your page. Check your page with the validator.w3.org tools.
  10. Mobile display - See what your page looks like when your visitors are using tablets or smartphones. Check your page. https://search.google.com/test/mobile-friendly
  11. Check your site's accessibility. What evaluation site did you use? What did you change to make your site more accessible? Use the WAVE site evaluation. https://wave.webaim.org/

  12. Submit the link to your project plan to the Project planning assignment.
  13. Post a link to your project plan file and any comments or questions about the assignment to the Project planning discussion. Did the validation and mobile display check provide useful feedback? Will your intended audience include mobile users?
  14. Review the work of 2 others and post a note with links to those pages, and a brief description of your observations - anything that you learned from looking at these? Any ideas you have for using in your own work in the future? Post as a reply to your post to Project planning discussion.

  15. Groups - Working in groups is challenging and rewarding. Although your project is an individual project, work together in groups to discuss ideas, make suggestions, review work and provide feedback.
    See module 11. Web Site Projects - Project section - description, submission, group discussions. Groups are automatically assigned by Canvas. Everyone should participate in the discussion for project related work such as questions and suggestions. There is a discussion thread for your group in the 11. TOPIC: Project groups discussions.


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Other skills for professional web developers

  • Chapter 19 How Javascript and jQuery are used to enhance web pages
  • Chapter 20 When and how to use third-party development tools
  • HTML Dog HTML Beginner Tutorial

Real world


Hosting and domain registration - some examples - there are 100s

  • CNET The Best Web Hosting Providers for 2018 - price comparisons and reviews from our expert hosting editor. You can also find hosting for different needs like e-commerce, enterprise, specific Content Management Systems, and more
  • Best web hosting companies for general purpose hosting = find balance between price, features, performance and support. On this page you will find a selection of well rounded hosts we recommend for hosting b2evolution as well as any other web site including blogs, forums, galleries, CMS pages as well as e-commerce/shopping carts built with PHP + MySQL


HTML validation tools


Evaluation, Rubrics


Learn more

Sites

Common CSS Flexbox Layout Patterns with Example Code | Tobias Ahlin
list of 10 example flexbox layouts with CSS that you can copy and paste to get started with your own layouts. We’ll walk through these basic layout patterns (click to jump to an example): Every e...
10 Principles Of Good Website Design — Smashing Magazine
January 31, 2008 Usability and the utility, not the visual design, determine the success or failure of a web-site. Since the visitor of the page is the only person who clicks the mouse and theref...
27 of the Best Website Designs to Inspire You in 2020
Whether it's the design aesthetic, usability, interactivity, sound design, or value that the site provides, each one is a masterpiece in its respective industry, and something to be inspired by...
21 Award-Winning Website Designs & What They Did Right
award-honoring sites and pulled the ones that are not only beautiful examples of modern design but also exercise UX, UI, information architecture, conversion rate optimization, video marketing, tac...


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Portfolio

Can User Experience Be Beautiful? An Analysis Of Navigation In Portfolio Websites — Smashing Magazine
When users land on your website, they typically read the content available. Then, the next thing that they will do is to try and familiarize themselves with your website. Most of the time this invo...
10 tips for building a killer portfolio website | Creative Bloq
Be yourself It’s vitally important that your portfolio website shows off who you are and what you do: by creating an original website you’ll help ensure that it comes to mind when people are se...
10 Tips for a Killer UX Portfolio – Noteworthy - The Journal Blog
Your portfolio should be a website When a candidate sends us a link to a Google drive or a Dropbox full of files, that sends a very clear message. It says “I don’t value your time enough to exp...
The 35 Best Personal Websites We've Ever Seen
"laying your site out, designing the right color scheme, picking perfect portfolio pieces, and crafting copy that’ll give your pages personality, get some mega inspiration from people who ha...


Accessibility

W3C cheatsheet
Accessibility: WCAG2 at a GlancePerceivable Provide text alternatives for non-text content. Provide captions and alternatives for audio and video content. Make content adaptable; and make...
Accessible language | NZ Digital government
Accessible language is language that includes everyone.People can feel excluded when: they don’t understand words or phrases language is used in ways that pose challenges to users of other...
Designing for accessibility is not that hard - UX Collective
These seven guidelines are relatively easy to implement and can help your products get closer to meet level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0), and work on the most commonly...



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