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Planning a Web Site Unit Two Planning Steps Determine the audience & objectives. Sketch a storyboard or flowchart of the pages. Create a folder hierarchy. Collect the page content and create the pages. Test the pages. Modify the pages. Publish the site. 1. Determine the Audience

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planning steps
Planning Steps
  • Determine the audience & objectives.
  • Sketch a storyboard or flowchart of the pages.
  • Create a folder hierarchy.
  • Collect the page content and create the pages.
  • Test the pages.
  • Modify the pages.
  • Publish the site.
1 determine the audience
1. Determine the Audience
  • Customers?
  • Employees?
  • One industry?
  • Educational background?
  • Age?
  • Interest?
  • Make sure the site appeals to the audience.
1 objectives
1. Objectives
  • Advertise?
  • Inform?
  • Educate?
  • Provide a service?
  • Process an order?
2 storyboard
2. Storyboard

Introduction or Home Page

Main Topics level

Sub Topic Level

(design for no more than 3 mouse clicks)

4 page layout
4. Page Layout
  • Introductory page
    • Fit on one screen
    • Z pattern
    • Logo and important info on top and bottom\
    • Don’t use horizontal scroll bar
4 page layout7
4. Page Layout
  • General layout for content pages
    • Be consistent, location, color, type
    • Link each page to previous and to introductory
    • Navigation bar on top and bottom
    • No active link to current page
    • Page heading at the top of each
    • Contact Information
    • Update Information
design rules
Design Rules
  • Be concise – simple sentences, bullets
  • Easy to read – text size, white space, short lines, indent, tables, serif font, colors, single word links, don’t say click here.
  • Easy to navigate – good descriptions, easy icons, don’t underline regular text, divide long pages, toc, site map
  • Interesting – color, bold, size – don’t overdo
design rules9
Design Rules
  • Load quickly - < 60k, small images, thumbnails, reuse images
  • Limit frames – users don’t like them much
  • Limit animation – slow & distracting
  • Have an alternative to frames and animation
  • Consider browsers and resolution
  • Proofread and Test – continuously
creating a web site
Creating a Web Site
  • Create a folder on your disk drive using Windows Explorer called tripsmart
  • In Dreamweaver Site|Define Sites|New name it TripSmart and choose local Root folder then browse for tripsmart folder
  • Check Refresh Local File List Automatically
  • Check Enable Cache
add a folder to a site
Add a Folder to a Site
  • Make sure the Site window is open using the ShowSite icon on the Launcher bar
  • File|New Folder
  • Name is assets
setting the home page
Setting the Home Page
  • Open the file dmb_1.htm from the Unit B folder
  • Save it as index.htm in the tripsmart folder
    • Title bar in Design View shows path
  • Click Show Site icon
  • Choose index.htm
  • Site|Set as Home Page
save images to site
Save images to Site
  • In Design View, select the logo
  • Property Inspector displays the SRC or location of the graphic
  • Click the folder icon and copy the file to the root folder? yes
  • Copy File As - assets folder
add a new pages
Add a New Pages
  • Show Site Window
  • File|New Files – name it products.htm
  • Add serices.htm, packages,htm, newletter.htm, clothing.htm and accessories.htm
You MUST use the SITE window for file maintenance and NOT windows explorer
  • Dreamweaver will not recognize any changes made in windows explorer and you will have to do it again.
design notes
Design Notes
  • Site|Define Sites
  • Choose TripSmart then Edit
  • Choose Design Notes
  • Check – Maintain Design Notes
  • Check – Upload Design Notes for Sharing
  • Design View of index.htm File|Design Notes|Basic Info tab choose Draft
  • Insert Date icon
  • Type – Ask Bob for a copy of the company history.
  • Check – Show When File is Opened
setting up web server access
Setting up Web Server Access
  • Site View
  • Site – choose Define Sites – Edit
  • Remote Info – Access list – FTP
  • Host Site –
  • Enable File check In and Check Out
  • Check Out Files when Opening
  • Check Out Name – type name and email addr
creating viewing site map
Creating & Viewing Site Map
  • Site Window
  • Site|Define Sites
  • TripSmart Edit
  • Site Map Layout
  • Verify index.htm as the home page
  • Select Page Titles option Done
  • Sit Map icon Choose Map and Files
save the site map
Save the Site Map
  • File|Save Site Map
  • Save as bmp (to print or put in word) or
  • png (portable network) to put in html
modify pages in site window
Modify Pages in Site Window
  • Site Map view
  • Refresh icon
  • Click TripSmart page icon
  • Change the name to Welcome to TripSmart – The Smart Way to Go
  • Save and Exit