Thursday, September 25, 2008

A Series: Building Our Upcoming "Myriad Creative Concepts Graphic Design" Website

Hello everyone. Today's post is an introduction to a new series of blog posts about the things that I am learning about web site construction as I work to design our own. Hopefully, you will ultimately benefit in the end. Some of these things learned may interest those of you who are considering putting up a website or improving your current online presence.

Our Myriad Creative Concepts website is now being planned and built piece by piece. This is my first attempt at building a website, soon to be found at Myriad will be our primary online business presence and will hopefully be easier for you to navigate than this Bloger blog. "Altar Card Artistry" will still be used to post articles about items of interest that I would like to share with you however. But, with a standard business website, you will no longer have to muddle through my windy posts like you do now just to examine our altar cards!

The Myriad site is being aimed toward simplicity, understatement, and visitor-friendliness. It is unbelievably complicated to build a simple website. Tons of programs to learn, several internet browsers to design for, many monitor resolutions to consider, and syntax necessary for search engine optimization. Not to be omitted: customer, economic, social, internet, and business trends. That's a lot for one boy to try to learn in a short amount of time.

First, there are the human considerations. I like to shop fast and simply. No glitz, just the facts, ma'am. None of us have time to waste with our busy lives. Paradoxically, it is very complicated to build a very simple, user-friendly website, display the wares, and expose them to the public.

Second, there are several programs that I am using to capture and create excellent images; make animations, write text, and lay out the new website itself. Those programs include Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Printkey, Adobe Reader, Photoshop, ImageReady, and InDesign; Macromedia Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, and Freehand. It is imperative that they can work well together, seamlessly whenever possible.

Third, search engine optimization is critcial for widespread publicity on the internet. Good web exposure requires knowledge of how the major search engines scan and promote a website based on its perceived content. There are several websites dedicated to assisting folks like me trying to learn the ropes of optimization.

Fourth, there are the rules, methods, programs, and strategies to an e-commerce website. This is an area I know little about but will have to learn. It scares the daylights out of me because I want to have fantastic customer experiences with very few headaches.

Fifth, how do I put up a website and protect it from hackers and thieves? Maybe I should consider hiring a security guard, eh?

In conclusion, I have learned lots so far. And, like everyone else learning to put up a site, I have lots more to learn. In my next series article, I will share a few basic points of each category that I have experienced so far. With each article, I will delve more into things.

Stay tuned for more.

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