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Introduction to Dreamweaver CS6 Online Class

Introduction to Dreamweaver CS6 Online Class

Introduction to Dreamweaver CS6You’ve taken your first steps into Web design, and your fingers are beginning to cramp from all that typing—but don’t panic! Developing your coding skills has not been in vain! You’re ready for Dreamweaver—Adobe’s preeminent Web development application—which has been designed from the ground up to make developing websites easier.

You’ll begin by touring the Dreamweaver workspace and configuring it for your specific site-management needs. You’ll learn how to use Dreamweaver’s intuitive tool set to structure text, and investigate the myriad formatting options CSS provides. Along the way, you’ll work with images, build navigation elements, discuss effective layout methods, learn where and when to use tables, and examine successful site planning strategies. By the end of the course, you’ll have successfully built a website and know how to use Dreamweaver’s built-in FTP tools to upload to the server of your choice.

Students who have enrolled in this class agree that it’s a great one. There’s what a few have said:

This was my first time taking an online course. I found it to be concise and easy to follow while giving me a great overview of Dreamweaver while giving me all the tools I needed in order to start making a website. In other words, it has given me a great foundation.

This course was very helpful for me. I am an Oracle developer/analyst who is transitioning into the web design/development/social media world. This course has given me a great foundation upon which to build. I will definitely be taking other courses from KSU continuing education department. Thanks for the knowledge.

Great class, Great Instructor! This is not my first class with Robert Fuller and won’t be my last. I have taken many class’s through ed2go but I always have learned the most with him as my instructor, not slighting the others because I know they are good but something about his style I connect with. I thoroughly enjoyed this class and learned enough to be dangerous. Looking forward to more classes.

Sounds like a good class, doesn’t it?

Imagine how excited you’ll be to have the skills you need to create your Website with Dreamweaver!

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Create a Website-in-a-Day FAQs

I’d like to share with you the answers to some questions my Create a Website-in-a-Day students asked in class recently.

Which software do I use to create my web site?

In class, you learned different ways to create web pages. One is to create the HTML code with a text editor such as Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (MAC). There are many free online resources available to you to further your HTML knowledge. Check out the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for their online tutorials and courses. There are also many html how-too books on the market for purchase.

Another alternative is to use an html editor (web authoring software) such as NVU or Kompozer. (You may use the Kompozer installation file on the CD I provided in class to install Kompozer on your computer.)  There are tons of other html editors available for purchase ranging in price from cheap to expensive ($200+). Dreamweaver is a very sophisticated program, but expensive. If you have used Adobe Photoshop, you may like using Dreamweaver. Another html editor you can try is Coffee Cup. I’ve never used it, but it looks pretty good and is much cheaper than Dreamweaver.

A third alternative is to use one of the templates provided by your web hosting company, which has its advantages and disadvantages. The biggest advantage is that you can create professionally-designed web pages without knowing how to write html. Of course, there will be a learning curve as you learn how to work with the template tools; but you may find this method easier and quicker in the long run. The disadvantage is that if you switch to a different web hosting company, you may need to re-create your web site as many templates will not transfer to the new hosting company.

A few of you are familiar with the free Wix online templates, which are fairly easy to use to build web sites. Wix provides a lot of online text and video support to help you build you site with them. The disadvantage of most free web sites is that they are filled with ads and logos, and you don’t have your own domain name. For example, the site I created on Wix is http://www.wix.com/kat223/create-a-website. The domain name is www.wix.com; Wix assigned kat223 to the name; and I choose create-a-website. If this were my own domain name, it would not include www.wix.com/kat223. I would not recommend Wix for a business web site unless you upgrade to one of their premium plans where you can purchase or transfer your domain name. If you plan to sell products online, you’ll need to purchase the package that includes an e-commerce shopping cart.

You can create professional-looking web sites with WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Both offer free blogging software, and with either you can create a web site with or without a blog. You won’t have your own domain name with a WordPress.com account; so your web site name might look something like this: 2educateyou.wordpress.com. If you have a domain name, you can use it with WordPress.com so that wordpress.com doesn’t show in your URL. If you’d like to show videos on your site, you’ll need to purchase a video add-on or use WordPress.org.

With WordPress.org you’ll build your web site online with a WordPress theme just like you’d do with WordPress.com; however, you’ll need a domain name and a web host. Notice that my WordPress.org site at 2educateyou.com does not include any mention of wordpress.org in the 2educateyou.com domain name. Or, you can upgrade your WordPress.com site with your own domain name for $18/year. With WordPress.org you can upload and customize themes, upload plugins, and use an e-commerce shopping cart. Read more about the differences in this WordPress.com Support article: WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org.

How do I edit my web site which was started by somebody else?

First of all, you need to know your username and password. Then you need to know how to navigate your web hosting site to find and edit your web site. If your site was built using one of the templates provided by your web host, you’ll need to know how to use the template editing tools to update your web pages. If your web pages were created from scratch with html code or with an html editor and/or with style sheets, you need to know how download your current web pages and style sheets so you can edit them then upload the corrected pages to your web host server. One method is with FTP (file transfer protocol) which I demonstrated in class. Check with your web host for your options. You may have multiple upload options with certain web hosting companies. I was able to download an icon on my computer’s desktop to log into my Network Solutions account to manage my web documents.

How do I guarantee that people find my web site when using a search engine?

You can’t really guarantee what people find with a search engine unless you pay an advertising fee to Google or other search engines to get your name at the top of their lists. Of course, you can do some search engine optimization (SEO) yourself and ask your web hosting company what kind of tools they provide. I found some good resources in the Marketing Your Business on the Internet iconclass:

Google Information for Webmasters: Use the info at this site to improve your search engine rankings.

Megatag Generator: Use this tool to help you create meta tags. Do you remember learning about meta tags in class?

SEO Chat: Learn about search engine optimization—including optimizing your site for Google and Yahoo.

What other classes do you suggest?

It seems there’s always something new to learn in the web site world! Here are a few suggestions, which are six-week non-credit online classes:

Creating Web Pages. You’ll learn more about HTML in this class.

Designing Effective Web Sites. This site focuses on web site design, not HTML.

Web 2.0: Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts. In this class you’ll get a good introduction to working with blogs, wikis, and podcasts.

Introduction to Creating WordPress Web Sites.This is a great way to learn WordPress.com. Much of the material applies to WordPress.org as well.

MiraCosta College has an extensive number of wonderful full semester courses in their Media Arts & Technologies program including web design, graphic design, animation, typography, video production, and more.

I hope you found this information helpful. Good luck with your web site!

Kathy

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How to Add YouTube Videos to WordPress

 

This video explains how to add a YouTube video to WordPress.org  (by competenowwebtips) with the YouTube Shortcode plugin. I used the instructions in the  video to create this post.

You can insert a YouTube video by pasting the video’s URL into your post; but the YouTube Shortcode plugin gives you more options. It works really well!

 

Kathy

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Trying out this Facebook Badge feature for my 2EducateYou page.

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Start 2012 off with learning something new!

Lots of new online classes to choose from. Here’s just a few:

Writing Young Adult Fiction

From Harry Potter to Twilight, young adult fiction is one of the hottest genres for today’s novels. Teens and adults alike have discovered the excitement and passion of these stories, and publishers are hungry for more. If you’re eager to break into this market, this  course provides you with the recipe for creating your own successful young adult story and shows you how to get it published.
Learn why writing young adult fiction is both fun and financially rewarding. Discover the secrets for bringing your characters to life. Find out how to introduce conflict, suspense, and mystery so you can grab and hold your readers’ attention. Master the art of creating dialogue that resonates with teenagers and young adults. Analyze excerpts from bestselling young adult books to see what makes them so successful. Get expert advice on publishing and marketing your book.
If you’ve dreamed for years of becoming an author, this course can help you turn your dream into a reality. In just six weeks, you’ll have all the tools you need to create a polished manuscript and get your story in print!

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 in the Classroom

What teacher couldn’t use help motivating students and keeping their interest?

In this course, you’ll learn how to create captivating lessons and attention-grabbing classroom presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Learn PowerPoint basics including creating slides, using templates, inserting text, changing background colors, creating WordArt titles, using SmartArt graphics, and adding slide transitions. Develop advanced skills such as inserting graphics, sound, video, custom animations, timed transitions, and hyperlinks. Get step-by-step instructions for creating several different types of classroom presentations, including lectures and interactive narrations for your students’ independent use at computer stations. Address  different learning styles, making it much easier to reach students.

Discover how to upload your presentation to a Web server, email a slide show, broadcast a presentation in real time, and take your PowerPoint shows on the road. By the time you’re done, you’ll be an expert at using PowerPoint to add appeal to any lesson—and you’ll even find out how you can help your students develop their own
PowerPoint skills!

Intermediate Photoshop CS5

Take your photo-editing skills to a new level! In this course, you’ll become an expert at using layers, layer masks, and other advanced features that let you change images easily long after you create them (and long after the Photoshop “undo” command expires).

Non-destructive editing lets you work faster and reuse parts of images over and over. In these lessons, you’ll learn how to save every single pixel in your original image so you never have to say, “I’m sorry—I tossed that information.” In addition, you’ll discover how to use Smart Objects so you can crop or resize an image and return it to its original size months afterward. (You’ll even learn some clever tricks for warping Smart Objects!) After that, you’ll find out how to add shadows or embossing non-destructively. And if you want to design page layouts you can fill with different images, you’ll learn how to create templates you can reuse.

Whether you use Photoshop to edit photos, make scrapbook pages, or design original artwork, this course will give you all the skills you need to let your creativity shine. Once you see what non-destructive editing can do for your projects, you’ll never look back!

Photoshop Elements 10 for the Digital Photographer

Take your images from so-so to spectacular! Whether you’re making quick fixes or detailed enhancements, Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 provides the tools you need to achieve high-quality results. If you’re a novice with no photo-editing experience or you want to upgrade skills you learned in an earlier version of Elements, this course is for you.

Learn to edit images on your computer, correct flaws, enhance your final product, create simple art projects, prepare images for email and the Web, and organize your images so you can keep track of them. It’s fun and easy, and you’ll see how Photoshop Elements 10 gives you room to grow while letting you achieve high-quality results right away.

So bring your photography skills into the digital age and get ready to unlock the mysteries of Photoshop Elements 10. The hands-on, easy-to-follow exercises in this course will help you turn your photos into masterpieces and leave you with a great feeling of accomplishment!

Advanced Web Pages

Take your Web design skills to the next level! Whether you want to work as a freelance Web designer, join a Web development team, or build websites for your organization, this course will give you the advanced tools you need.

In these lessons, you’ll learn to write HTML code for page content and CSS code for page styling. You’ll master cutting-edge techniques that take advantage of HTML5 and CSS3, the latest versions of the languages used to create modern websites.

With the help of step-by-step instructions, you’ll build interactive websites that collect information from visitors through email signup and feedback forms. In addition, you’ll learn the latest and most effective techniques for presenting layouts and video that work in any browsing environment from a desktop computer to a mobile device.

This course walks you all the way through to purchasing and uploading your site to a remote server. You won’t need any special software, either—just the text editor that comes installed with your computer. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced Web designer wanting to update and enhance your skills, this course is perfect for you. In just a few weeks, you’ll be designing state-of-the-art websites that offer all the sophisticated elements that today’s Web users expect to see.

Start Your Own Edible Garden

Grow delicious, nutritious fruit and vegetables in your own backyard!

In this course, you’ll learn how to give your garden a healthy start and keep it growing strong all season. You’ll begin by figuring out which type of garden is right for you. Explore climate considerations, learn how to read a zone hardiness map, and find out how to spot a micro-climate in your yard.  Discover how to properly prepare a garden bed so your crops have the best opportunity to thrive. See how to identify problems in pH and drainage and fix them. Learn to understand fertilizers and make compost! Delve into the variety of crops you can select: leafy greens, root vegetables, fruit, herbs, and more. Get tips on starting seeds, transplanting, pruning, and using container gardens and support structures. Learn what to watch out for so you can spot pests and diseases before they destroy your bounty. And, explore a variety of irrigation options.

Whether you want to provide your family with nutritious food, save money, get some exercise, or just be more self-sufficient, this course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to be on your way to a successful harvest.

Mastering Public Speaking

You can become an effective public speaker!
In this fun and hands-on course, find out how to talk confidently and persuasively to both large audiences and small groups. Learn how to plan and deliver your presentations skillfully and how to manage one of the most common public speaking barriers—fear. Find out how to present a short or long speech, how to handle questions and manage conflict in meetings, and even how to shine in a job interview. Get tips for training your voice and learn how to use both verbal and nonverbal communication effectively.
By the time you finish this course, you’ll have an entire set of skills you can use on the job, in social settings, and in any other situation where you need to communicate with ease and authority. 

What’s your favorite? I think I’ll enroll in the Photoshop Elements 10 for Digital Photographer class. Sounds like fun!

Kathy

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Online Web Design Classes You’ll Love!

From simple Web site design to advanced programming classes, there’s something for everybody. All classes are six weeks long and offered monthly.

o    Web and Graphic Design Online Courses (Creating Web Pages, Introduction to CSS and XHTML, Introduction to Dreamweaver)

o    Web Development (Introduction to PHP and MySQL, Introduction to C++ Programming, etc.)

o    Web 2.0: Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts

o    Introduction to Creating WordPress Web Sites

o    Computers and Technology Courses (including Web and Computer Programming)

o    Intermediate CSS and XHTML (Graphic and Multimedia Design Courses)

o    Achieving Top Search Engine Positions

Keep on learning!

Kathy

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