Wednesday 10 September 2014

DIG251 - Final website submission

Well, that was interesting. It's been a long time since I hand-coded HTML. Here are the closing reflections as submitted within the final assignment:

I learned to code HTML3 using Notepad many years ago, and have picked up CSS in the intervening years. In recent years I’ve worked primarily as a CMS website developer, so while I understood the concept of how it all fits together, I found this process of starting from scratch and handcoding again to be very useful. CSS didn’t even exist when I first learned HTML, and while I knew how to do many things, I wasn’t entirely clear why all of those things worked the way they did, so this unit has filled some gaps for me that I didn’t realise were gaps! Also, coming from CMS world where I simply purchase templates, it was good experience for me to look more at the design side of the process, and I’ve learned some valuable concepts about site layout, colours and fonts which will assist me going forward.

I feel that I’ve successfully addressed the assignment’s requirements. The website was built for a domain name that I’ve owned for years but never utilised, so it will continue to run for the time being as it’s better to have something there than nothing. I will probably replace the HTML contact page with a PHP script so I can hide my email address a bit better, but the rest of it does the job it was designed to do, and should be sufficient as it is. I also have the option to add relevant articles to the linked Facebook and Twitter accounts as I find them.

And here's the final result:

(Final result was a 79. Criteria: File management - HD. Visual design - D. Usability - D. Image manipulation - D. Progress report - HD. Not QUITE enough to squeeze into a HD for the entire unit, but very happy!).


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