By Joseph Martin
Website building was a foreign field to me as of a few days ago. Being an OOAC, LLC intern has opened new worlds of exploration to me, and Website development was definitely one of those worlds. I remember starring at the blank template page and wondering what had I gotten myself into. However, after looking through the tools provided by Godaddy’s “user friendly” Website Builder, I discovered I had started something which would later become one of my most enjoyable projects ever.
Immersion phase was the first phase in my journey. This phase was basically a heightened form of visiting our main website and perusing Google Chrome, the best main stream search engine to date. I needed to choose a theme for the secondary website I was building.
I named the new site, Neon Tech. After deciding my theme I needed a template, but before the Godaddy tool would let me choose a template, I needed to select between the simple form of Website Design or the advanced version. At first I considered the simple prefab version but in the end it’s always all or nothing for me so I threw in my chips and went for the advanced version. As soon as I had gambled my sanity on the level of difficulty of my project, I picked out a semi-template, meaning no prefab text or pictures were included. The semi-template had a neon backdrop to the website which somewhat resembled the arena in one of the Tron movies.
Then I entered phase two which came with plenty of novice headaches. At first I had problems just moving around content boxes and was a million miles away from even thinking about adding a contact box. However, as I started to fiddle with the tool bar, making mistakes, and deleting mistakes, I began to understand the interface. You see Website Builder is just like any other program (such as Auto CAD, Excel, Google Sketchup, Inventor, Cinema 4D) and all the other programs that include a tool panel. Actually it is much easier than any of those because the tools aren’t named some random name like Mograph (Mograph is a tool in the animation software Cinema 4D).
Some of these tools included: Content Block, Contact Form, Image, Facebook, Twitter, MapQuest, Google Translator, Pay Pal, and so many more. The first tool I really started playing with was the Content Block which is one of the main things you need in a website it’s basically like Text Box in PowerPoint but has an interesting border tool, Block Designer. This feature allows you to custom design your border which is great. Although one tip is while using this tool if you are changing the color of the border make sure you click the select button before exiting the menu.
There were other feature too like the text has different color settings just like Word which allows your text to complement your website. This is very important because the idea of a website is to have the costumer introduced to your goods or services in an artificial setting. Therefore you would want everything in that website working together to produce the best outcome possible.
This concludes installment one, the second installment will be published soon after this article is published. So thank you for taking the time to read this article and if you have any questions please ask away.