Course Project: Part 1—Website Planning
This week, you will start a course project. For this project, you will design and develop a small website for a travel company. You will develop this website across the span of the course, building new project components each week, until you have a live, hosted website at the end of the course.
This project is designed to replicate real-life situations where the clients provide only a few of their requirements and expect a prototype to be developed.
Express Holidays is a tourism company that designs and provides package tours to various destinations. It is a well-established company but has no online presence. The company wants you to develop a prototype of their website.
Express Holidays wants you to research and present information in an innovative way. The focal points of their website are vacations and tourism. You can apply your discretion while defining the audience, but you should do this early in the project.
The company wants you to develop five pages for its website by using the following details:
This project involves researching; collecting information, such as graphics, video, and audio; and designing, creating, and hosting the website on a web host, such as godaddy.com. As part of the project, you will also suggest ways of maintaining and promoting the website after it is complete. As this is a prototype, you should largely use freely-available information and graphics and spend a considerable amount of time in website designing and project execution.
In Week 1, you will plan the project, identify the tourist destinations to be shown, and collect the text, graphics, and other information that you intend to include in the website.
In Week 2, you will finalize the multimedia elements to be used in the website and decide on the branding options for pages of the website.
In Week 3, you will create three design alternatives for the website interface. You will also determine the final design for the website and create the home page by using HTML.
In Week 4, you will complete the development of all the planned pages for the website.
In Week 5, you will finalize the website and host it online.
Week 1 Tasks
Using Microsoft PowerPoint as a design tool, create a plan for the website. To do so, perform the following tasks:
Your questions may include:
Decide on the tourist destinations you want to cover. Then, perform the following tasks:
Collect the text and graphics for the destinations. You can pull these together from the Internet or from your personal photographs or from images that you are permitted to use. Ensure that you use only copyright-free material.
Decide on the information you want to present on the pages of the website. You may also need to get imaginative when presenting this information. Create one PowerPoint slide for each page to showcase the text and images. Plan to include two paragraphs of text on each destination page as well as on the home page. Note that the contact page will contain a form that you will design later.
Create a slide to depict the basic layout of the pages in the website. You can use placeholder images or shapes for depiction. You want each page to have the same basic appearance, which should include:
Cite any sources in APA format.
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