In the web design class I teach, a few questions always pop up, so I figured I will write a blog post about them to answer these once and for all.
1. Why do I need to pay for hosting annually?
Even though your website exists on the world wide web, it does actually have a "physical" location in form of a server on which your data is saved. In order for your website to work you need to continuously keep your data on that server. If the data is deleted, the website disappears. Thus, you basically pay for your online storage space so that your website is up on the web 24/7.
2. Can I use images that I took on my phone?
Yes, you can. However, before you use any images on your website, they should be optimized for the web. Namely, they need to be resized to a small file size, so that your website loads quickly and runs smoothly. This is especially important if your website is going to have a lot of images on them. You can read my post about how to resize images for the web here.
3. I added keywords to my website, why am I not showing up on Google?
Adding SEO (Search Engine Optimization) keywords to your website will not automatically make your website pop up on Google. It can take anywhere from 4 weeks to 6 months for Google to pick up your website. The good news is your SEO results should grow over time, so your Google ranking may change over time as well. However, we cannot control how Google ranks websites, we can only control our SEO settings. Thus, you technically cannot 100% guarantee that your SEO settings will work perfectly. But we can do our best and forget the rest ;)
Keep in mind, it is best to add keywords, a meta description and a page title to each page of your website.
Let me know if you have any other questions in the comments below and I will answer them!
As I am wrapping up my first year of teaching German & Web Design classes through Duluth Community Ed, I thought it'd be fitting to write up 3 things that I have realized over the past 12 months about teaching.
1. Teaching is a lot of work
The saying "those who can't do, teach" should be banned. After all, it is not "easy" to teach. To stand in front of a group of people and present an idea or concept can be quite daunting. Namely, public speaking doesn't come natural to everyone. Additionally, having to prepare for lessons can be challenging, especially if you have never done it before. Planning a course, creating a lesson plan and developing teaching material from various sources takes time and practice. To prepare for my German class, I spent weeks reading and comparing various German books in order to gather all of my teaching material.
2. Teaching is fun
Going into this year I wasn't sure if I would enjoy educating others. It turns out, I actually really like it. It is fun to teach others, because you can watch students navigate the lessons and grow with knowledge over time. I have students in my web design class that struggled to use the web design software at the beginning of the course, but at the end of the class have actually created a whole website within that same web software. How great is that?
3. Not only the students learn something
Not only do the students learn new material, the teacher also learns and grows as time goes on. (In my opinion, that is actually the best part about teaching). I, for one, started out this year feeling very nervous and I was not so sure about my ability to teach my skills to others. After all, I wasn't trained in education, but rather in design. And apart from tutoring fellow students in college, I'd never taught a class before. So it is only natural to feel nervous about this new task I set out for myself. However, as time went on, I got more confident and started to believe in myself. Thus, I learned that you can achieve anything, if you work hard enough and if you believe in yourself.
Any teachers/educators out there that have something to add to the list?
Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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