There are two steps, registering a domain name and getting a server.
First, you need a domain name. If you are going to run your own server, you need a unique web address, like my johnhollenbeck.net. Start with your full name, then play with the different generic top-level domains.
With your domain name in hand, you will need a server. While it is possible to set up a computer to serve pages from your house, most people choose to have a Web Host.
Get your site up and running on your local computer, then find 5 classmates to work with your site. Watch as the look around and observe where they are having problems. Find out their likes and dislikes. See 8 guidelines for usability testing.
See what others are doing by going to the 202 Student Work page.
Take a few minutes to reflect on these short pages from Jakob Nielsen and others regarding Web Usability. They are found at his web site, and are explored in depth within his book Designing Web Usability.
Apply these ideas to your site! Some of the links are to older sites, but the ideas still hold true.
- Complete projects, and mount them on the server (in whatever state they are in)
- Be sure your link is correct from the Student Work page for this class
- Be sure all your work is linked to your personal directory page
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 8:29 PM