Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Basics of an Easy Web Site Design
A local artist who knows very little about the web asked me the best way for her to get her art online. In response to her question I created a sample single web page and linked it to Flickr.
The idea is to have a static web page that doesn't need to be revised often, and also to use a free photo site in which to place new images. You need to prepare pictures and informative text. I edit pictures for people, create the banners, help with the design and text, but you need to block out your site for the web designer.
You can sketch out how you want your site to look on a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Remember that the important elements must be at the top so people don't have to scroll down in order to see at a glance what your site is 'selling'.
Then lease a domain name (like aikmandesign.com) for 2-yr. to 5-yr. period. The next step is pay for a host. Think of the host as the telephone company - they connect your site to the Internet, for $4 a month on up. There are often deals for first-time buyers.
Although you could build a free Google web site, using their templates for colors and structure, the URL will be www.googlepages.com/aikmandesign, for instance. ( Google Pages Overview )
Note the parts of this page I made to show you: Native American Prints The banner at the top is a picture. The text uses words with which search engines can find you, and includes pricing and contact information.
And then you need to make an account with Yahoo and then Flickr in order to load additional pictures of your art as you create them. Just take it one step at a time!