Welcome to Our Work Space for the Next Two Weeks.
I thought this looked like a pretty nice working environment to set the intention and the vibration and I didn’t even have to build or rent it, just download it.
Let’s start by talking about Pictures!! How big. How many. How often they change. How much space they take up. How much they slow down your site (and how to keep them from doing that). What aspect ratio they are (shape, the ratio of length to width). What aspect ratio they should be and what looks good. These are all things we need to consider about pictures. Breathe. Even if it sounds hard, it won’t be.
For some sites the pictures highlight and break up the content. For other sites they are the content. I call these design pictures and content pictures. Design pictures tend to be those that are in slide shows, or large headings, dimmed and used as backgrounds and indicators of what you do or what your site is about. If your site only has a few pictures and they will not be changing often, I can manage them for you. If you have a shopping cart, art gallery or other picture-heavy site you are going to have to be able to optimize and resize your own pictures. Resizing a picture is making it visually smaller. Optimizing is making it look the same size but have a smaller file size. It is a really good idea to optimize your pictures before uploading them to the site.
I need to know who is working on a mac and who on a Windows PC. Who already knows how to optimize, resize and crop pictures? Who is familiar with Dropbox? Dropbox would be very convenient for us to use while we are creating these sites, especially if there are any large files to be used/shared/sent. For pictures that will make up your large heading or slideshow I do not want you to resize them without more info (which I’ll give you) and sometimes they are finicky to email. I would like to have other files in Dropbox also. It is much easier to keep organized. Sometimes I get emails with the subjects “info for whatever page” then “final info for whatever page” and a while later “absolute final info for whatever page”. I understand this. I have files on my computer like that too but when they are interspersed among my hundreds of emails it makes it hard to get the right info. If you put a file in Dropbox and need to change it you can so so and then put it back. Of course, you’ll be editing your own web pages pretty quickly so it can also be fixed there.
Who knows what they want? Not for all of life, just for your opening web page. Do you want a slide show or a full width picture? Do you know what pictures you want to use for it? Do you have a (or some) video you want to use? Do you want a shopping cart? (I think I have a grip on who wants those but make sure I know) Do you have categories of items or just a few items? Are your pictures of your items ready? There are other ways we can collect money besides the whole shopping cart. Pre-payments for classes or donations are just a couple of possibilities.
Are you having trouble with your words? it can be hard to write the text you need and it can be very hard (not for me, but for some of you 😉 ) to brag on yourself and tell the world how great you are at what you do. If you have to you can write third party and talk about how great “she” is. We can also do whole testimonial sections. I do urge you though to feel ok to put forward how well you do what you do. It is not a bad thing to know what you are good at and it is not a bad thing to tell people about it! (Use your high self instead of your ego and it will come across!)
Do not send me any pictures or text yet but do tell me if you have your ideas in order or if you need more help with that too. Websites grow. You don’t have to have to get it perfect in these two weeks. There is no limit to the number of pages you can have or how often you can edit, add, prune. Just get started. Getting going always works by starting, even if you don’t start in exactly the right direction.
Let’s use the comment section right here to talk about this. I want to start getting more specific and to put together some pages for all of you. It is a lot easier to learn by editing than to put the pages together from scratch. Please answer my questions and speak any concerns. Be sure you’ve looked at the samples pages and let me know any parts that strike your fancy. We want to make some great websites here. Let’s get started!! If you have nothing much to say, just check in and let me know you read this. Thanks and come back here tomorrow. This will be HQ – and notice the little chat button in the corner. I will be here most of the time working on these and you can chat with me using that. (I’m having a hard time remembering to turn it on and off but I’m trying.)