Saying Goodbye to WDDM - Wrap Up, Project Presentations and Drupal April 21, 2017

Well it has truly been a great experience in the WDDM course. We wrapped up and presented our final website projects this week. It was gratifying to see the work and effort paid off for all of us, and we each will be leaving with a good start to a portfolio. Some of us have completed websites for our own businesses, and some have built sites for a client’s business. Either way, the project work done in this course has practical and immediate applications for each student. This is a great... Read More

Infographics and jQuery April 12, 2017

We’ve had some fun this week with infographics and jQuery. There is always more you can do to make your marketing and design more appealing. Yesterday we explored the world of infographics as one such strategy. You can get very clever with infographics, and a picture is worth a thousand words as they say. If you have important information to deliver that could convert your reader, why not deliver it as interesting and engaging eye candy? This is one example of how good design can affect... Read More

Taking on Marketing and Analytics April 06, 2017

The information is coming at lightning speed the last few weeks. I have learned so much, but know there is a long term commitment to keep learning. Since my last post we have wandered into some new territory. There are so many details to attend to on the back and front ends of development. For our final project, we get a taste of what it is like to manage all aspects. It gives one a sense of why there are agencies with full teams! It is a great learning experience. Most of us will go away... Read More

This Weeks Topics: More SEO, Site Security, and User Experience March 29, 2017

Building a well functioning and well designed WordPress site involves so much more than I had ever anticipated. We are adding more knowledge to our arsenal every day, and that means every evening I go home and work some new element into my sitemap and design.

This last week we have continued our discussion about SEO and analytics, and are now using available online tools to determine keyword optimization for the pages on our sites. SEO is a fast evolving science, and accordingly the... Read More

The Business Behind Web Development March 22, 2017

We have been very busy this past week and the range of topics broad. We are continuing our exploration of WordPress themes (premium themes specifically), and most of us have chosen one to work with for our final project which will be a live site complete with good design, content, SEO, and marketing strategy. After trying out 4 or more themes, you find out that they have similar functionality (or can at least be made to with some custom code), but the interface (aka customizers) looks and... Read More

Luke, Use the Force March 13, 2017

I am going to digress a little today, and give thanks to all of the wonderful staff at Q College. They are such a great team. It’s really a bit like a wee family at Q, and you feel like part of it when you are there. From administration to instructors, each person really goes out of their way to make sure students are getting the most out of their experience, and to give that extra added human touch of humor and kindness (and goodies in the lunch room too - LOL).

Today we not only had... Read More

Themes, Plug-ins, Page Builders, and SEO March 10, 2017

OK- so most of the week we’ve been readjusting our approach to code and design with a focus on customization of themes and templates. We no longer need to build from the ground up, but that doesn’t mean that knowledge and expertise become irrelevant. Although themes, templates and plug-ins save time and give you a head start, if you want a unique and quality product, it still requires know-how, both in designing custom graphics and content and in understanding how to organize it for best... Read More

The World of Wordpress March 03, 2017

We are now knee-deep in the world of Wordpress. After finishing our midterm project websites that were coded from ground up with HTML and CSS, we are basking in the glory of pre-written themes! With a theme there is still room for customization, mostly using CSS. However, the theme developer has covered many of the functionality bases, and has provided different options to the web designer for both this and structure of the site. Like our instructor says, Wordpress is simply a tool for... Read More

Week 5 - media queries and Tectoria! February 27, 2017

Week 5 has been intense. We’ve been putting the finishing touches on our midterm projects which are now due. Making your site responsive and media queries has been a subject of focus this week. Just when you think you’ve got it finished and it’s looking good…. time to tweak the code again. The more you learn, the more there is to add, play with or fix.

We had a nice surprise today and did an impromptu field trip to “Tectoria” - Victoria’s tech tradeshow. It’s so interesting and... Read More

First Month Gone February 17, 2017

We have had a productive last 2 days. Each student is slowly building their site for the first project, which we will wrap up next week. My website, although only basic HTML and CSS, is finally starting to look like something. And this is when it kind of starts to get fun - when you actually see the results. We’ve been getting some personalized coaching for our projects, so that has been very helpful. After some tutorials today, I added social media icons and a nested menu to my site. The... Read More

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