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Activity 703: Using a blog for publishing

The advantages of blogs from an organizational perspective include the following: Blogs have potential to help the organization develop stronger relationships and brand loyalty with its customers, as they interact with the ‘human face’ of the organization through blogs. Blogs, in an intranet environment, can be an excellent way of sharing knowledge within the organization. Blogs can be a positive way of getting feedback, and keeping your finger on the pulse, as readers react to certain pieces, suggest story ideas, etc. Blogs can build the profile of the writer, showcasing the organization as having talent and expertise.

 The disadvantages of blogs are:Most people don’t have very much to say that’s interesting, and/or are unable to write down their ideas in a compelling and clear manner. Like practically everything else on the Web, blogs are easy to start and hard to maintain. Writing coherently is one of the most difficult and time-consuming tasks for a human being to undertake. So, far from blogs being a cheap strategy, they are a very expensive one, in that they eat up time. As a result, many blogs are not updated, thus damaging rather than enhancing the reputation of the organization.

http://www.gerrymcgovern.com/nt/2004/nt_2004_08_23_blogging.htm


Activity 702: Using a standard web site

Advantages of using a Standard Website

1. It is easier to make as in the whole layout etc2. Designing is faster3. It does not need many skills so anyone can do it. Disadvantages of using a Standard Website1. A standard web page is not interactive there is no two ways or multiple communications.2. It needs more effort to make it appealing for it to have any audience


Activity 402: Building a usable/accessible web site

Usability is usually only noticed when it is missing, and the best way to measure it is by making different people test your web site and checking their level of satisfaction/frustration. Though there are still some rules you can follow in anticipation to make your site usable:

  • Organize logically the information: Distribute naturally the different parts of information across the site, so the structure will be clear and understandable.
  • Make your presentation consistent: Repeat contantly the same layout, so visitors will always know where the different elements of the page are.
  • Remark the navigation elements: Highlight menus, links, options… so they will be clearly noticeable and accessible. Provide meaningful information on where the visitors are in the site and where they can go.

Activity 401(a) Website usability & accessibility

Brief definition if website usability & accessibility:-

  • usability: making a website as simple and fast to navigate as possible, and presenting information / products in an easily readable format
  • accessibility: making the content of a website available to everyone, including those with less-than-perfect eyesight
  • The navigation system should be in the same place on every page and have the same format. Visitors will get confused and frustrated if links appear and disappear unpredictably.


    Activity 203: Using Web 2.0 Publishing

    Youtube is quite a good website to publish videos on to and all sorts of other material although you do get feedback on your posted item i still think that it could be improved by having some kind of discussion forum………

    Think Facebook is much better………


    Activity 202: The Creation Of a Wiki

    I created a pbwiki by accesing http://www.pbwiki.com and followed the instructions to that allowed me to sign up for a wiki, in the process i recieved a confirmation via email with a link that i then followed to create my wiki… It was successfully done and my wiki add is imran1.pbwiki.com…….


    Activity 201: Setting up RSS Firefox

    One of my task’s today was to set up a portable Firefox and use it as an RSS reader to do this i did the following:

    • download portable Firefox installation zip file;
    • unzip into a convenient folder on your USB key;
    • start the application and update it [this will cause a restart];
    • create a Blog feeds folder in your Firefox Bookmarks Toolbar folder;
    • go to the tools/options menu, click on Feeds and subscribe to the feed using live bookmarks;
    • go to the web page of each of the blogs in turn;
    • click on the feed icon save the feed in the Firefox Bookmarks Toolbar folder

    Activity 104

    I’m taking a look at a Worcester website which is http://www.thisisworcester.co.uk/  if you take a look at this website it’s got some good and bad features to it. The good thing about it is that it’s bright and easy to read aslo easy to navigate. The images are clear to see also…. The bad thing is that the layout on the pages are just all over the place and needs sorting out…………


    Activity1003

    A good web design is one that has the following:-

    Background does not interrupt the text The hierarchy of information is perfectly clear   Navigation buttons and bars are easy to understand and use Navigation is consistent throughout web site A large site has an index or site map   Link colors coordinate with page colors Links are underlined so they are instantly clear to the visitor   Buttons are not big and dorky Every graphic link has a matching text link Graphics and backgrounds use browser-safe colors Animated graphics turn off by themselves   Pages download quickly First page and home page fit into 640 x 460 pixel space All of the other pages have the immediate visual impact within 640 x 460 pixels Every web page in the site looks like it belongs to the same site; there are repetitive elements that carry throughout the pages


    Ativity/102

    Hi im Imran looking forward to this module seems quite interesting hope it works out well, was studying a HND last year


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