California Educator

August / September 2017

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Graphics: Strong visuals are essential to every website, and Canva makes creating them a breeze. Use their drag-and-drop interface to create stunning professional-looking graphics. Many elements are free or available for a nominal fee. Domain name: A custom domain name makes it simple for people to find you and helps you stand out on the Web. For example, if you're known as Zeta Education Association, you can choose (unless that name is already in use — Google Domains can tell you). A Site to See Creating a website has become much simpler — and more fun By Terry Ng S E D T O B E you had to know at least the basics of coding to get a website up and running. Now even those of us who would never be called tech-savvy can just choose a template, drag and drop the features we want, input a little content, and voilà! We're being a little flip here, but the truth is that creating a website or just a good-looking blog has become relatively easy. (Updating a site can still be challenging, however!) Here are our picks of the website builders out there. SKILL NEEDED: Beginner-Intermediate C O S T : Free to try; paid plans Although WordPress is the most popular website system in the world, it's not the only option. Squarespace separates itself from other low-cost website builders with its extremely easy-to- use drag-and-drop interface. Use one of their beautifully designed templates with hundreds of customizable features, and then style it to look any way you want. Website Essentials U 60 Teaching & Learning T E C H T I P S

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