Before publishing on the web, the library recommends thinking through the following questions to help inform website creation. This process will help to ensure your website will be effective and clear.
- Purpose: What are the main goals of this website? To promote your research? Share your thoughts on a blog?
- Audience: Who do you want or expect to read this website? Why would they come to your site?
- Content: What type of content do you want to put on the website? Videos? Images? Data? Essays? Research results?
- Layout: How do you want your audience to find things on your website?
What Tool Should I Use?
- Decision Tree: The library offers basic support to four tools for creating websites: Wix, Weebly, Google Sites, and Wordpress. Take a look at the library's decision tree to help you decided what type of tool you should use.
- Comparison Chart: Look at this chart to see what each of the four tools (Wix, Weebly, Google Sites, and Wordpress) offers.
Resources for supported tools:
- Wix: A highly customizable website builder with hundreds of templates to choose from. For the intermediate level user.
- Weebly: Simple website or blog builder for beginners.
- Google Sites: Great tool for beginners that allows for simple integration with your NCSU or personal GoogleDrive files to easily add images or documents.
- Wordpress: A NCSU-hosted version of this tool is available with limited templates including the NCSU logo. Geared towards intermediate level users interested in creating a blog or using it for coursework.
Other web publishing resources:
- Lynda.com: An online training library with almost 2000 video courses, including ones on WordPress and Google Sites.
- Mozilla Webmaker: An online community dedicated to teaching digital skills and digital literacy.
- Gliffy: A free wireframing tool that allows you to create a design model for your website directly in your web browser.