I just got done talking with several classes about what makes a good website. Many teachers feel that because students spend so much time on the computer, creating a good looking website is a no-brainer. The truth is that all of this time on the computer does not translate into great student produced websites. They generally need a little bit of training. However, because of the time invested, they will readily recognize examples of good and bad work. They have seen it. They have just never made the distinction between the two.
Here are five things that, if focused on by the student, will make any webpage better:
1. Learn the minimalist approach. This means operating under the less is more philosophy. One good picture is every bit as good as 30, if it is necessary at all.The same goes for text, links, videos and any other thing that can be added to a page.
2. Have a purpose for everything included on the page. Don’t just throw “stuff” on the site because it looks cool. Ask others to critique your work.
3. Focus on readable text. Students often like to play with funky fonts, and then no one, themselves included, can read what is on the page.
4. Focus on a background color that is easy on the eyes. We are used to reading black text on a white background, and in many cases, this is going to work the best.
5. Learn to create links. Most web building platforms will allow a link to look like this, Click here, instead of this,https://web20edu.com/2011/04/04/inspiration-for-student-web-design/. These clickable links look much better than a string of letters and symbols that are going to be impossible to type into the address bar.
Of course, there are a multitude of other factors found in a great website, but these should give students a good start. I would love to hear more ideas on what are the most important aspects of a student website. Leave some ideas in the comments.