Web content workshop. Bring photos that you take about your topic!
Cleaning up photos in Photoshop (using Adjustment Layers, Crop).
- Prepare for your midterm.
- By this time you should be well on your way to having good content on your site to support your project. Photos that you take about your topic are particularly good content for the class, especially when accompanied by you describing who, what, where, when, how and why.
- You also need researched content. You should have visited the library by now, and come back with at least one article or piece of content to support your topic.
- Are your sources cited?
- Is your website well-organized? Does the header and background support the topic? Sidebar widgets? Do you have extra stuff that you don't need and can turn off in the WordPress dashboard?
- Comment on at least five other websites
How to Write Good Web Content
Don’t count on complicated formatting and specific layout to get your message across. Keep it simple.
Shy away from long blocks of text. People skim rather than read online, so you are unlikely to have your site visitor’s attention for long. Write small chunks of text, and break it up by using headers, lists, quotes, and other devices. Go through the text again and cut what you write down to the fewest words possible.
Make your text as interesting as possible. Take advantage of the ease of clicking away: Include relevant hyperlinks in your Web text.
Web style: Web writing is characterized by a lack of hype and an informal tone, but a strong need for accuracy — correct facts and no typos.
What it means for you: Make sure your grammar, facts, spelling, and punctuation are accurate.
If you have something dense that you really want people to read, put it on a separate Web page and encourage people to print it. Or, put it in a PDF file that the user can download and print. Users are more likely to read, rather than scan, printed text and can mark up the copy with notes and highlighting.
Readers get far more content for a given amount of effort from print than they do from online content. So when writing for the Web, you need to keep your text short, your layout simple, and your content interesting.
Once you think you’ve got your text short enough, start over. Identify the main point of your piece and make that the first sentence of a rewritten version. Include just enough supporting detail to explain your point. Then include each of your main supporting points, again with just a bit of detail. You should end up with about one-third the words you would use if you were writing for print.