I wrote in my blog post Selling Book Sharing Sites in October that We decided to redo our web page to make it more attractive and interactive.
I created Seisen HS library web site six years ago using iWeb. It is a very intuitive and fun to use site builder, but it is also limited compared to WordPress, for example, that allows to embed videos, to create drop down menus and add widgets. Since Apple is going to stop supporting iWeb in May 2012, I’ve got the perfect opportunity to try something new!
- Bulleted list
- Occasional use of bold to prevent skimming
- Short sentence fragments
- Explanatory subheads
- Changing color of visited links
- No Pdf
- Fixed front size
- Page title that makes the site easy to find via search engines
- No hyperlink that opens in a new browser
Most of all, I would like to create an easy to navigate website and add content that serves Seisen community best. I will try to work with Lee Raine’s (Pew Internet and American Life Project) questions in Mind:
Are libraries places for solitary study or community-based study? I hope that this web page will be used for both, with links to study alone as as well as some to share and create.
Are you a portal/pathway to information or are you an archive? A web page can be the perfect platform to connect users to each others through network sites and updated links. I like the idea of “Portal of Information” very much. A place where users find resources for school and for their life in Japan.
My elective students already started to work on a new web site last December, using Yola, but they struggled to learn using the software (me too!) and ended up pasting the content of the old website in the new one.
We were all frustrated and, tired of trying to reinvent the wheel, I searched for a solution and discovered Google Sites and its templates that are soooo easy to modify!
google sites>create>choose template> browse gallery for more (I typed “library”).
This is a picture of my favorite template and how I would like to modify it. I will discuss about it with my elective students this week. I am sure They will love the fact that they can work on it together !
Tell us what you think!