When starting this project off, we each determined the roles we would play in the creation and editing of the website. I ended up becoming the group’s “overseer” if you will, making sure that each of us got our jobs done in the best and most effective way. I decided that a good thing to do during the construction process would be to keep a form of change-log. Therefore we could all see what had been previously altered and know whether or not to continue editing – thus eliminating the possibility of us “breaking” the website or taking down work that the other parties have added. I then suggested we each chose what part of the research section we would prefer to do and split the workload evenly. Doing this would make our jobs easier for us as we’d be gathering and formulating information that we were interested in. I chose to research and add in content for the “Usability”, “Learnability” and “Visual Hierarchy” pages; I was interested in some of the more important factors to website creation. Another role I played in the development of the website was what you may call a “polisher”. Once content was added and formatted, I carefully read through all of the text, ensuring it was all grammatically and punctually correct.
Overall, I believe that this project has thoroughly expanded my knowledge on and skills with website and content creation. Researching my given sections (whilst also looking at the others), allowed me to better understand what actually makes up a website and how much effort it actually takes. Because of my “perfectionist” nature, I also ended up learning how to edit the look of a/the website through the use of plugins and coding. This was because, to me, certain functions or features didn’t perform or work in the best way possible. So I found myself learning the basics of the likes of CSS to fix these issues, therefore improving the overall website’s standard of quality. My impressions of WordPress (the publishing service used to create this website) are very good and I would recommend it to anyone beginning to learn about website construction. Not only is this because of how simple and intuitive it is to learn and use, but it is also because of the amount of interaction with others you get. For example, if a user gets stuck in the site’s design or comes across a problem they can’t fix, all they need do is search the internet or ask around and ideas/solutions will be discovered with ease.