Free and Easy Website Design for Museums and Historic Sites

Book Description

Museums and historic sites faced with small budgets and staff can find it intimidating to redesign or create a website from scratch. Concerns over resources make and designing (or hiring someone to do so) daunting and expensive. It does not have to be so. Content creation is inescapable when making a website, but designing and constructing a unique website can be as simple as taking an afternoon to use a color chart to pick a color scheme and paste in text from a Word document.

All of the tools discussed in the book are free at the base level, and some offer upgrade packages with even more features. The advice and techniques are all created with an eye to making websites work for smaller institutions with limited budgets and timeframes. Every museum professional has come across issues when adapting general for an institution’s specific needs, and the in this book will anticipate some of these needs by offering easy­to­implement workarounds and on related or services that integrate with each website.

Features include:

  • How­to guides for Wix, Weebly, , and Google Sites
  • Detailed comparisons of WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editors by cost, features, and ease­of­use so that you can easily identify which platforms meet your needs
  • Mythbusting of common website and assumptions
  • Step­by­step content and design planning guide
  • Basic coding tricks and tips for the slightly more advanced users (or those who want to become so)

A free companion Web site includes links to online resources, ongoing updates to this book to keep it current, and links to other free online tools and software

Table of Contents

Part I: Prepare Your Website
Chapter 1 Planning Your Website
Chapter 2 Designing Your Website

Part II: Craft Your Website
Chapter 3 Getting Your Website Started on Weebly
Chapter 4 Getting Your Website Started on Wix
Chapter 5 Getting Your Website Started on WordPress
Chapter 6 Getting Your Website Started on Google Sites

Part III: Expand Your Website
Chapter 7 Basic HTML
Chapter 8 Showcasing Your Collection
Chapter 9 Moving Forward

Appendix A: Additional Resources
Appendix B: Website Planning Guide
Appendix C: Webmaster’s Keyboard Shortcuts
Appendix D: Color Names for HTML
Appendix E: HTML Tags
Appendix F: Stop Words

Book Details

  • Title: Free and Easy Website Design for Museums and Historic Sites
  • Author:
  • Length: 290 pages
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
  • Publisher:
  • Publication Date: 2015-12-15
  • ISBN-10: 1442255803
  • ISBN-13: 9781442255807
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