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Designing Effective Websites

These days, creating a website is so easy almost anyone can do it. But with all the competition on the Web, creating a site that's effective is more challenging than ever. Regardless of your current skills or level of knowledge, in this course you'll master the basics of Web design and learn how to build sites that are better and more effective.

We'll examine the tension between form and function, explore the six major states of the website development process, and learn the basics of user-centered design. We'll also cover the five basic steps to organizing information, find out how site design themes can be used for information delivery, and review website design considerations. Along the way, we'll talk about effective type and graphics and explore the idea of Web 2.0. This course is a must for Web designers, giving the tips and tools that will help them establish a solid career.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

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Designing Effective Websites Details + Objective

Course Code: dew

You Will Learn
  • Learn the fundamentals of effective website design
  • Discover the relationship between website design themes and information delivery
  • Explore the six major states of the website development process
  • Learn how to effectively reach an online audience and stand out from the fierce competition
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Learn elements and principles of design applicable to a number of career fields
  • Gain confidence in your ability to communicate and market to a specific audience
  • Open the door to new career opportunities as you will have a good understanding of modern, forward-thinking website design
Designing Effective Websites Outline
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Week 1

Discover what attracts visitors to a website, and how to use design tools such as typography, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and multimedia to captivate visitors and keep them coming back. Then, explore the six major development stages that yield expert design and smart content. You will study the three parts of Web design and the skills you'll need for each.

Week 2

Consider the four main elements that make your site user-centric: usability, visualization, functionality, and accessibility. Explore each of these elements to see the thought that goes into effective interface design. Then, review the five basic steps involved in organizing information and four essential structures that you can use to build a website.

Week 3

Learn how to organize elements in order to enable visitors to accomplish their own goals. Explore usability, content, and design. Then, discover how you can use visual and graphic design, page layout, and grids to take your designs to the next level. You will examine design considerations like visual hierarchy, page dimensions, and negative space.

Week 4

Examine how typography plays a dual role by providing both verbal and visual communication. Learn all the secrets to convey the right type of mood and information. Then, discover how you can use Cascading Style Sheets to modify fonts. Become familiar with inline, document-level, and external (linked) style sheets, and learn how to create an external CSS file to control the formatting of any page on your site.

Week 5

Examine the use of titles, headlines, and subheads that assist readers in navigating your site. Discover the advantages of using a Web content management system. Then, learn how to make the information you convey through your images accessible to those who use text-based browsers.

Week 6

Learn the basics of DHTML, including code you can use to enhance your designs by adding layers to your pages. Finally, examine several popular Web 2.0 sites, and take a look ahead to Web 3.0.

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Designing Effective Websites Instructors
Richard Blum

Richard Blum has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, working mainly as a network and systems administrator. During this time, he has worked with Microsoft, Novell, Unix, and Linux servers, and has created websites using a variety of different programming languages. Blum is the author of several programming and systems administration books, including Professional Assembly Language, C# Network Programming, PostgreSQL 8 for Windows, Sendmail for Linux, Postfix, and Network Performance Open Source Toolkit.

Designing Effective Websites Requirements / Prerequisites

Completion of "Creating Web Pages" (or equivalent HTML or Web authoring tool experience). Any type of computer. Optional: An Imaging program, such as Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro (any version), and a Web page authoring tool, such as Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Expression Web.

Designing Effective Websites Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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