WF2 3.1

There are many components needed to create a successful website, and by successful website I mean one you can draw people to engage with your content or even possibly bookmarking it. These components are as follows.

Server information

All sites hosted via through a web hosting service, as they typically would not own or upkeep servers of their own unless they were owned by a large company. Web hosting services such as SiteGround or BlueHost are run by essentially renting out server space for websites. When creating and hosting a website, be sure to choose a service based on how much data you can store, how quick the server upkeep is and other useful aspects.

Language

You don’t necessarily need an understanding of HTML to create a successful site, though it would be incredibly useful. Though if you’re using a service such as word-press, you will be limited to on adjusting the HTML of articles and pages. You will not be able to change the HTML of the site itself to your specifications. However even still it would be useful to have knowledge of it for later down the road, whether it’s just for back-end site administration or for creating a whole new site.

Formatting Your Webpage

Your website will need to be in an understandable and easy to navigate format for both the user and search engines to go through the content easily. A badly formatted site can be disastrous, as potential users could just bounce to another better site if they can’t navigate yours. Be sure to include necessary categories to accurately attribute your content to. If your site is of a sufficient size, you may want to include a site-map in order to help catalogue all the individual pages on your site. It may also help to include a search feature for users to search for particular content on your site.

Interactivity

Interactivity extends to not only content but the site itself. Some of your content such as web-based applications that use java or other such web code can be interactive for your users. These can be games, surveys or other applications that utilise common web-code such as javascript. In terms of interactivity with the webpage itself, you’re ensuring that the website can interact with the site easily. This can be achieved with having easily identifiable icons and buttons for different pages and parts of the website.

Site-maps

Site-maps are the essential backbone to nearly every good website on the internet, providing a comprehensive map of every page on a website. The purposed of the site-map is to provide users with a way to find exactly the page they need on a website without having to trudge through various search results to find it. However, it’s important to make it concise. Don’t list every page in a long big list, especially if you regularly put out written content. This would just make finding the exact webpage you need even harder. A good example of an effective site-map would be General electric’s site-map, which groups relevant pages together in appropriate sections as seen below.

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Navigation

Making your site easy to navigate should be a website developers top priority. By ensuring your site has a cohesive design that is intuitive and is easy to understand, you’ll have a better chance of retaining visitors to your site. This can be done through the use of drop-down menus, clearly visible and uncluttered icons such as social media widgets and appropriate use of headings to indicate a link to another page. This can be worked into the design of any website, no matter the style or website. Using the below two screenshots as examples, both of which while being different websites with different purposes emphasise cohesive design. Additionally, site-maps are essential for search engine optimisation purposes, allowing search engine bots to crawl through the site easily.

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