Monday, March 18, 2013

Website Creation

So this week I finished an online class covering the basic training of the Dreamweaver web design program.  As I finally finished this course and made my final project into a website, I began thinking about the different platforms that we were able to use for our mapping projects, a few weeks ago.  I thought about visibility, user friendliness, layouts, and essentially what you can do with each program. 

I personally like sites such as, Prezi or Wiki Spaces, because they are very easy to use.  The only problems with them are the limitations that they have. It seems Prezi is somewhat limited all around, but Wiki Spaces was very limited when it came to design and layout options (I know from personal experience, working with my mapping project on Wiki Spaces).

I have not tried Weebly, but have heard some good things about it.  Dreamweaver, however, allows you to do pretty much anything you can imagine on a website or web page; but, you need to have some training and knowledge of the program, in order to know what you are doing.

I am interested to hear what other web platforms there are that you have found user friendly PLUS diverse in the capabilities of the web designing process. Should we have to choose between one or the other?

8 comments:

  1. I just finished adobe premier pro which is a video editing class and I loved the product. I would assume if I learned to use dreamweaver I would like it also. I think I am going to take a photo shop class also since I have the programs.

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  2. I have been working with Rapid Weaver for my teaching digital portfolio. It takes very little training to learn how to use it and the mechanics are functional. You can layout your site simply but in a way that serves your purpose. As with most other web authoring programs, the user really just needs to spend some time playing with it in order to learn how to use it.

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  3. I've really just started doing web design for some multimedia journalism stuff, and it's really fun once you get the hang of it. I think more people need to take the time to learn it because I think it's definitely going to be beneficial to know for future careers, regardless of what you're going into.

    I have been using Weebly the most. It is extremely user friendly and great for basic designs/beginners. However, it is really based on templates, so for those who know a lot about design it gets a little restricted...I like to have more creative freedom with my designs than it sometimes allows for.

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  4. Good job on finishing up your online clas! When it comes to website design, I had some experience before this course. Prezi is one of my favorite places to create a website, because their are extras to the website (layouts, fonts, etc). I tried to conduct my mapping project in Wiki Spaces, until I also realized there is not much that you can do with it. Yesterday, I was on Weebly, and it was wonderful. Unfortunately, it cost money, but if you are interested in using it for the next year or so I would go for it.

    After reading Chapter one from Here Comes Everybody, it is interesting to think that we can make a website and create our own community from that site.

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  5. I have used Dreamweaver before, in a Computer Art class my freshman year. I remember being impressed with the vast amount of features it had, and it wasn't too hard to use once you got a little bit of practice with it. The other platforms we have been exposed to are definitely more user friendly in my opinion, but if you have the chance to learn about how to use dreamweaver (which you did!), then I think it is a superior option.

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  6. I've only used weebly to make a website. Frankly, I've had alot of trouble using the designer programs like that. I'm not a Mac user so that could be a contributing factor but I'm having to learn how to use InDesign which is a really cool program but there's so many options and things to do on it it's overwhelming. That's one of the best things about Weebly for me. There's not a tremendous amount of things to do for the website, there's not alot of awesome features it offers but you can make a really cool website nevertheless. I think it's definitely a really good beginner website program.

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  7. I used to use Dreamweaver pretty extensively a couple of years ago when I was convinced I wanted to go into computer science or something. It can certainly have a bit of a learning curve if you want to master web-building, but the results you can achieve are almost endless. I think in-browser programs like Weebly are great alternatives, though your options are inevitably very limited. That is not to say you cannot make an entirely functional and professional website with it, though.

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  8. I was once a Computer Science major and used Dreamweaver and all sorts of designer suite programs heavily.
    Having had the experience with them, I can testify that the learning curve is tremendously steep compared to something like Weebly or Moonfruit where your options are blatantly laid bare and you pick what you want and where you want it.

    However, as Jacob mentioned, it comes with natural limitations, where as mastering Dreamweaver you can create your wildest dreams (pun massively intended). It's a worth vs time investment system.

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