SCS6079 Digital Practices MA Digital Media & Society

wordpress + pen week 1: Introductions

  1. Creating a successful website
  2. Options and considerations
  3. WordPress environment

Creating a successful website

Websites… how do they work? technical basics

site basics
Putting a site online
  • domain name
    • registration of name with the main registry
    • manages domain records
    • usually paid for per year
  • server / site hosting
    • hosting service with set resources
    • provides physical hard drive space & server functions
    • usually paid for per year or month
Our setup / your website

Provided by the University, accessible on campus or via VPN from outside (→ see CiCS instructions for details).

  • URL / website address ma-dms.sheffield.ac.uk/digp + your unique number
  • admin / WordPress login ma-dms.sheffield.ac.uk/digp##/wp-admin
→ view login info & your website address

What makes a good website? how we judge websites

questions to answer
  • what aspects contribute to an effective website?
  • what does a typical user expect when viewing website?
  • when can a website be considered successful?
points to consider
  • your own browsing habits & online activities
  • browsing habits of people you know and how those vary from your own
  • user expectations of common patterns
  • what aspects matter most: site content? ease of access/use? design and visual feel?
questionmarks filled with words

Where do the priorities lie? how to create successful websites

site priroities
asking the right questions:
  • what matters most to your users?
  • which content structure will fit your target group?
  • what are they likely to expect to find on your website?
  • how can you ensure a positive user experience?
prioritising…
  1. good content
  2. clear content structure
  3. site performance (e.g. loading speed)
  4. design for type, colour, layout & interaction

Content-out approach content as production guide

content out approach

Options and considerations

Putting a site online - general options
  1. static, self-hosted site
  2. free-hosted site
  3. CMS-driven site (can be self- or free-hosted)
Why does it matter?
  • you are responsible for your own data. Knowing how to backup your site (content/setup/design) is vital.
  • keep an eye on ownership. Knowing whether your uploaded content remains your own is important.

CMS & template-driven design separation of content & design

site priroities
Practically speaking...
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WordPress environment

Why WordPress?

strengths of WordPress
  • Open Source and freedom of ownership
  • flexible solutions for different purposes and budgets
  • software up-to-date and secure
2 sides of site

Getting to know your WordPress setup

  • URL / website address ma-dms.sheffield.ac.uk/digp + your unique number
  • admin / WordPress login ma-dms.sheffield.ac.uk/digp##/wp-admin

→ view login info & your website address

As mentioned, this is provided by the University, accessible on campus or via VPN from outside (→ see CiCS instructions for details).

Workshop activity

To get familiar with your site's admin interface, let's go through the configuration of settings together.

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