Create Effective Websites!
Designed for anyone who is responsible for planning, developing or writing a website or webpages.
Don’t let your message get lost!
There are many things that illustrate good writing skills however, to write well for the Web you have to be aware of how people read Web pages.
Web readers want information and they want it fast. They haven't got the time or the patience to search for what they are looking for; they want it given to them on a plate.
Why do some web pages seem to work and others don't?
This course helps you to write a well designed web page. It covers everything from strategy and content, the design and look of a page and persuasive writing skills.
Course Outline - 1 Day
Devising a Strategy for your Website
- Questions to ask when setting up websites
- Setting an objective, how it affects your writing style
- The order in which material should be presented
- Four factors to consider for converting text
- The importance of getting feedback from your readers
- Making your website accessible to those with disabilities
Understanding how People Read Online
- Understanding the techniques people use to 'read' websites
- How to make your text scannable
- It takes two to communicate - why you need to understand your reader
- Tips for integrating graphics and media with text
- Readability (language, writing styles, etc)
Structuring your Information
- Creating a journey for your readers
- How to use mind mapping to structure information
- Linking information
- Design considerations and how to refine your navigation process
- How to edit text to make it lean
- Guidelines for headings
- Principles of good writing - what to avoid, how to make it personal
- Writing to persuade
- How to make your content compelling
- What information should be offline
- Checklist for good web copy
Designing your Content
- Link paths - vertical, diagonal, lateral
- Different kinds of links and guidelines to make them effective
- Tips on search engine optimisation and page ranking
- Do s and Don't s for screen appearance- fonts, colour, background, separators, tables and charts
Editing and Proof Reading
- A top-down approach to polishing the words and punctuation
- Ensuring your content has maximum impact
- How to avoid commonly confused words and common punctuation and spelling errors