Accessibility is the Answer

Accessibility is an important aspect of a website that can easily be overlooked when designing a web page. A good web page will cater to all needs that their consumers may have. These needs include disabilities such as, hearing impermeant, sight issues, cognitive problems, neurological disabilities, etc. According to the Web Accessibility Initiative, web accessibility also benefits people without disabilities. This is done through ease of use, smart devices, and catering to temporary disabilities.
I plan to incorporate web accessibility into my website in order to include all types of customers. This will start with the set up of the website. Easy to navigate links, pages, and tabs will help all users move through the web page. One thing I will also address that was not mentioned in the model, is color scheme. A clashing color scheme or faint, hard to read fonts would hurt web accessibility. Making sure pictures and text are high quality will help with the zoom in feature for those with vision problems. Also, any video shared or posted should have subtitles to meet the needs of those with hearing disabilities.
Web accessibility is a vital part of a webpage that can be the key factor between a great website and a terrible website. A good web page should not exclude any individual because of disabilities they can not control. Instead websites should find ways to make sure that all users can have access to the same information and services, no matter their disability.

Organization is Website’s Salvation

Organization of a website is one of, if not the, most important parts of creating a website. How a site is organized can be the difference in an individual having interest in the page or loosing interest in the page. There are certain guidelines that one can follow to ensure that their website is organized in a way that will maximize its purpose.
First of all, a web page should be logical in its organization. As Jordan Dick said in his article, “Organizing Wed Content,” a website should be organized “like a restaurant menu. Most menus are usually divided into categories, and subcategories.” Websites should be organized in the same manner by separating these subcategories and categories into separate pages. For example, the three most common pages found on a website are the home page, contact page, and about page. Organizing a website into different categories and pages is a key part to building a good site.
How many pages should a website have? There is no right or wrong answer to this question. However, Dick’s article did provide us with this explanation, “every service you provide needs its own landing page. Lumping all of your services on one page is a missed opportunity for your business.”
Another important aspect of designing a web page is identifying a target audience and catering to their needs. This helps in deciding what type of content needs to be published on the sight and how accessible it should be.
The organization of a website is a major part of web design that is often over looked. Success can be reached by simply organizing a web page in categories and services and then catering them to a target audience.
This is a good example of well-designed website. I plan to model aspects of my own site like this.

Easy Weebly

Weebly is a website builder that is both easy to use and flexible in its use. One of the features that makes Weebly so easy to use is the drag and drop feature. This feature makes it simple to add media such as, pictures, videos, and links. Another element that contributes to the ease of use are the icons on the sidebar. Easy navigation and editing is attainable through this feature.
Setting up a Weebly site is also very simple, straight-forward, and easy. Weebly even walks you through step by step to ensure that your website gets off to a good start. They also explain how to use and navigate through some of the key features. Creating the domain for a website is even simple. Weebly makes creating a website easy and quick. It eliminates programming language and makes all the tools and features user friendly.
I picked a simple theme for my Weebly website. The white background with black features and writing will make the photographs that I post stand out more. This theme is not my final decision yet. I may change it after I see how the website looks with the content that I share.
I am excited to use Weebly to create my website. I am also looking forward to learning more about how maintain and set up a webpage while learning more about Weebly’s features. Weebly will allow me to easily set up a web site and as their slogan says, “Start something.”


Dos and Don’ts

Creating this blog has made me realize that there is more that goes into posts than I originally thought. According to Brian Klems’ article, there are quite a few “dos and don’ts” of writing a blog. The dos are somewhat straightforward. Finding my focus while be relatable to the viewers are the most important of the dos. Including images while reposting to social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will add to quality and viewership of the blog. One aspect that I did not realize that can make such an impact is responding to comments. This will provide a more personal connection with the readers. The don’ts are also very straight forward. Grammar mistakes, being negative, and setting unrealistic goals definitely will not help. Writing too much can also hurt a blog because most viewers do not want to read too much at once. The one don’t that surprised me was avoiding new things. I have been told to try new things my whole life. When it comes to a blog however, staying consistent is a key component. To make sure I follow these “dos and don’ts” as I continue to post in this blog, I will refer to the article for every post.
In my chosen career field of strategic communications, blogging can be a very useful tool and resource. A business or organization can benefit from blogging because it attracts old and new consumers by using new content. This content can be shared and reposted across multiple social media platforms, further promoting an organization’s brand. Blogging is also interactive with consumers; a business can see which posts get the most views and positive feedback to cater to their customers’ needs. This will increase customer satisfaction while creating a positive brand image which in turn creates positive long-term results.

Getting Started

Welcome to my blog! My name is Samuel King, and I am a junior at the University of South Alabama majoring in strategic communications. I am originally from Pascagoula, Mississippi. After attending Berea College for a year, as well as Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for a year, I transferred to South Alabama. As of right now I am involved as a pledge in the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and my interests include: sports, photography, exercise, and family.

For this blog, I will be posting about my reflections and experiences on the material that I am studying. For the personal part of my blog I will be posting some of my photography. This blog will also be teaching myself and my peers about the basics of creating a website/blog. It allows us to change and customize themes, add headers and backgrounds, create widgets and add-ons, and many other customization tools(, Personally, I do read some blogs, mostly related to sports and entertainment. These blogs allow me to see other individual’s observations and opinions on things that interest me. As I stated earlier, I am a strategic communications major. Blogging is a large part of this field of study. Companies use blogs as a part of public relations and promotion for certain products. Blogging can also influence consumers in their opinion of a certain company or product. Some organizations may even use blogs as a form of press release because in today’s society social media and the internet are such a major factor in most people’s lives. Knowing this, I know that this blog will not only help me learn now, but it will also help me in my future career.

“It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done.” – Terry Pratchett