Creating a successful website
Websites… how do they work? technical 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
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?
Where do the priorities lie? how to create successful websites
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?
- good content
- clear content structure
- site performance (e.g. loading speed)
- design for type, colour, layout & interaction