SEOs

In creating my website, I want to use SEOs. I am still somewhat confused about how they completely work, but they do interest me. I definitely want to have a good SEO. I think that having a high clink or multiple click orders on an SEO search will help with traffic and bring more people to my website. I think SEOs are very important to small businesses and smaller personal websites. If you can take advantage of SEOs, your website can benefit tremendously. Professionally, I think it proves that you understand how to bring people to your website and content. As aPR/Advertising major, my understanding of SEOs will probably really set me apart and be unique to my skill set.

There are some disadvantages to SEOs like the video mentioned. You want you SEO to be as customized and direct as possible. If I was searching for, lets say, horses for sale, I want actual live horses. I don’t want My Little Pony or taxidermy. So I want to make sure that my SEO is relevant to the service that I actually provide. I don’t want potential customers to leave because they didn’t find what they were looking for.

There is also a lot of competition to show up quicker and higher on Google or Bing searches. I may go 1-2 pages deep on a Google search, so I would want a link to my site to show up that high too. But, I think that it would take a long time to establish a good enough report for Google to put my link that high up.

In summary, SEOs can be an amazing tool for a business or person to use. But it can also take time and patience to optimize it exactly how perfectly you want it.

Domain Names

Thinking up domain names has proven to be extremely difficult. When I think of the great domain names like Google and Yahoo, I feel like my domain names has to be just as great and earth shattering. So I definitely think that there is a lot of pressure to find an incredible domain name.

Some of the domain names I have brainstormed are:

  1. Hahahutch (I have used this as a username before)
  2. afhutchens
  3. Hutchens af

 

Hahahutch is currently available. I definitely like that one the most. afhutchens is also available. It is a close second contender to hahahutch. Hutchens af is available too. I have a bunch of options for a website domain.

Unless I really plan on using a personal website, I don’t plan on buying a personal domain name. If I am starting a business, I would probably 100% buy a domain name. But, there are also so many websites that offer free blogs/websites. I know from experience that a lot of people, bands, and businesses use Tumblr for their website needs. Tumble is also very accessible and fully customizable, so it is a free option as opposed to buying a domain name.

Using a free host just seems to make more sense right now for me. I am not looking into doing anything professionally any time soon, so free is nice. Also as a business or professional just starting out, I probably won’t have the money available to buy and continue to own a domain name.

Security and Privacy

I plan to have a future career in communication: specifically Advertising or Social Media.  Privacy and Security are essential to that job. Especially if I am working for a company. I have to make sure that their information is used correctly. If I mess up, I can cause the down fall of a company or get fired.

After reading some of the links in the module, I realized that I am possibly so easy to be hacked, especially after reading “Three Essential Steps to Make Yourself More Hack-Proof.” I have about 3 or 4 passwords that I use for everything. I just rotate them through whenever I am signing up for something.

That is such a stupid thing to do. The reason I do that is because I want to be able to remember my passwords easily, so just using the same ones help. If I am working for someone, I have to make sure that doesn’t happen.

I think the integral definition of privacy has changed. I think that privacy personally is not as widely believed as essential as it once was. Because of the internet, people post whatever they want whenever they want. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I think that it has changed the way that we live our lives.

By posting using our own will, we want people to see and we can’t necessarily control who sees it. There are loop holes around everything. Nothing is really private or safe anymore.  A good Google search can uncover anything you want.

Online Learning

After looking through the list of potential online learning resources, I have come to find that I think that Lynda.com, Google Code University, and Treehouse are the most useful.

Being a woman in technology, we are few and far between. Seeing another woman is refreshing and more relatable to me. It makes me want to continue and higher the number of women who can create websites and such.

Google Cody University seemed great also. Google is a reliable source, and I feel like they have put a lot of effort into their resources. It claims to start form the very bottom up, and if I didn’t practice some of this in class already, I would need it. Google Code University also provides video which is a lot more entertaining than just sitting at a computer and reading what I am supposed to do.

Treehouse is completely video-based. As I said before for Google Code University, videos are somewhat easier to follow when you can visually see what is supposed to be happening. It is not free and requires a subscription, but as a result, the videos are much higher quality and professionally made.

I think that all three of these resources can be useful. If I was to completely learn online for CA 260, I think that I wouldn’t like it. I enjoy being in class and working hands on. Also, if I have questions or am confused it is much more difficult to get those questions answered in a timely and complete manner. Having another resource like a teacher just makes the course a complete circle.

CMS I Recommend

I would recommend that the business use WordPress. There are a couple of reasons. It has so many features that would be beneficial to the company that other CMSes aren’t capable of or are not as good as.

The WordPress about page lists:

  1. It is multilingual. So it is accessible to so many more people.
  2. Easy instillation, and able to make it your own.
  3. Media and user management. Able to define exactly what you want.
  4. Easy themes. Make the website and information fit exactly how you want it.

I also have personally used it. I know exactly how easy it is to use. It will cause less stress than I believe the other CMSes will. WordPress is so versatile, and I can’t see businesses using something else. Not only can the business use it, but employees can personally use it for blogs. It is capable of letting employees reach out directly to customers, which is what some businesses miss out on.

All in all, I believe that WordPress is the best CMS that businesses can use. It has so many aspects of it that make it second to none.

All About Emails

When trying to set up a filter for my jag mail account, I found it to be extremely easy. The process was straightforward and I was able to do it with little difficulty. Specifically, I chose to add a filter that automatically starred as important an emails with the words CA 220 in them. That way, I am able to see the email quickly and know that it is something I need to either read or respond to in a timely manner.

I think that using the filters will be helpful in the future. I had no idea that I could utilize this feature before finishing this module. Now I think that I can completely transform my email account and make it more efficient.

Asking yourself “Why am I sending this? What do I need from the recipient?” from the How to Write Clear and Professional Emails article is such an easy way to reduce problems when sending emails. Taking just a few seconds to figure out exactly what needs to be said can save so much time.

For a mock email about me having to leave the lab class early:

Dear Professor Davis,

My name is Abigail Hutchens, and I am in your CA 220 class.

I have really enjoyed the class so far and am looking forward to the rest of the semester.

Next week, I will be leaving the lab class early, an dI just wanted to let you know.

It would be extremely helpful if when I return, I could get the work that I will miss.

Thank you for your time.

Abigail Hutchens

afh1521@jagmail.southalabama.edu

 

Accessibility Online

Because I am not disabled myself, having to cater to those who are was not something that I was aware of when I first started to make websites. After realizing how much different the Internet and websites look to individuals, I have learned that my website has to be accessible to many different people.

The video posted on Sakai did a good job at opening my eyes to the different ways that I need to make sure my website is working. I have to make sure that my website is able to be read by people with blindness, colorblindness, hearing impairments, and other disabilities.

For screenreaders, I have to make sure that my code is understandable. Making sure that nothing is confusing for the user. Also, videos need to be configured so that they do not automatically play when a website or tab is opened.

When using certain colors, I have to make sure that they are accessible to colorblind users. Certain colors are better to use than others, and I need to make sure that I am consistent with their usage throughout my website.

People with hearing impairments have to be able to utilize videos as well. Videos need to have closed captioning options. And to increase accessibility even more, the captions need to be able to be translated into other languages.

Those with ADHD or Aspergers need to be taken into account also. The website needs to be as clean and stable as possible. It needs to not have so much stimulus that they feel uncomfortable and ultimately leave the website.

As for other aspects of accessibility that was not mentioned in this module, the younger generation needs to be able to use the website as much as the older. The verbiage and other topics need to be able to be understood by everyone that possibly visits the site.

This module was very eye opening, and it has caused me to think about how I want to make my website better in the future.