Virality

We continuously see videos, pictures, and stuff on the internet going viral, but have you ever wondered what exactly makes something go viral? According to the article A Scientific Take on Viral Marketing, there are three factors that make content go viral.

  1.  It was positive, dwelling on positive issues or topics.
  2. It evoked a strong emotional reaction (joy, fear, anger).
  3. It was practically useful.

Being in communications has definitely  helped in my understanding of virality. I knew what it meant before, but it has really made me take a step back and see what all makes certain pieces of information on the internet go viral.

An understanding of virality is crucial for everyone in Communications. Knowing exactly what it takes to make content go viral can be helpful when trying to grab the audiences attention and making sure what you say leaves a mark on them. I believe if you follow the three factors listed above, you have a strong chance of making content that you created be successful at reaching a large audience.


Class & Lab Reflection

This week in class and lab, we all got the chance to practice and learn how to do javascript. I really enjoyed the activity we did in class. It was very neat to learn how to make your web page interactive. In my opinion, javascript is a little easier to do than CSS. I’m looking forward to learning more techniques on how to transform your ordinary webpage to something extraordinary.

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Internet Privacy

There is no question that privacy is a major issue on the internet. You are probably hearing of more and more situations with someone’s email or social media account being hacked. Whether the person who was hacked is someone close to you or celebrities, which you probably hear more often. So, how can you take steps into making sure your social media accounts are hack-proof?

According to the article Three Essential Steps to Make Yourself more Hack-Proof, list a few very important steps to take when trying to make sure you are hack-proof.

The first step being to not reuse passwords. It may seem easy to just have one password for all the sites you use because you can remember the password. Just think what happens if that password somehow gets out? All of your accounts are gone, along with anything you have stored within them that’s private. Someone now has access to it all.

The next step is to set up two-factor authentication. This means that when someone attempts to log into your account from a new location, different devices, they have to enter a code that is sent to the device you set as your trusted advice. I believe this is a very helpful tip to mention.

The last step is to use a password manager. This will help you create and manage passwords.


All the privacy issues may affect my future career. I may be over, or at least help, with managing a website or social media accounts for a company. It will be apart of my job to make sure everything posted is meant for the public eye and none of the accounts I’m over get hacked. Using the three steps mentioned above, will certainly help with making sure anything I may be in charge of is hack-proof.

The Best Web Design Training Course

Best Web Design Training Course

In my opinion, I believe W3Schools is the best option when looking for a web design training course. It’s great for anybody who doesn’t know much about HTML, CSS, and Javascript. W3Schools gives easy step-by-step tutorials on how to use and apply all the right tools and techniques in a way that suits your website.

W3Schools has helped me out tremendously, with it’s easy and organized layout, finding exactly what you’re looking for is no problem.

CA260 Online?

I believe if this class were taught entirely online there would be pros but cons too. Personally, I think I would enjoy it more and get more out of it if it were taught online, but I know there would be downfalls as well. I think it would be great to be able to work as fast or as slow as you want. Also, doing your work at home may be easier because you’re able to sit down with less people around you, meaning less distractions, and you can solely concentrate on the assignment.

The downfall I see of it being taught completely online is not having a professor there to answer a question you may have. Whether that question be something as simple as making sure you understand the instructions on an assignment or something more important. Any questions you have you would have to email your instructor and not knowing when you would get a response is stressful especially if a deadline for an assignment is coming up.

Class & Lab Reflection

The past week we are learning how to use CSS, cascading style sheets. I’ve learned how CSS can change the appearance and layout of a document. Like previous HTML activities, it is difficult, but the more I read and the more I practice the easier it is becoming.

CMS Recommendation

CMS Recommendation

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I would recommend WordPress. I can only feel comfortable recommending this CMS because I have used it. WordPress makes writing, publishing, and categorizing post easy and simple. It’s easy to edit content, insert images, and embed codes. WordPress is organized, so finding what you’re looking for is easy.

In Tiwari’s article, he talks about three CMS’s, Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress. He gives a description about each and talks about a few of their features. Reading this article and using WordPress for my blog, has made it clear, in my opinion, that WordPress is the easiest to use.

In the video, Content Management System Overview Tutorial, he talks about WordPress. It is shown how easily it is to post content, edit content in visual or HTML mode, add pages, and embed videos into post.

Curious about more features of WordPress? WordPress Features, list other features you may be curious about. On this webpage, it goes into more detail about features on WordPress such as, publishing tools, user management, plugins, installation and upgrades, and more.

Overall, I find WordPress to be an excellent CMS to use. It makes creating websites easy even if you don’t know much about web design. I highly recommend WordPress.


Class & Lab Reflection

Recently, we have discussed in class video-sharing websites. After getting into groups, picking two different video-sharing websites to compare features and layouts, we decided which website was the best. Youtube came out on top as being the best and most popular video-sharing website.

 

Filtering and Writing Emails

Filtering Emails

I decided to go with the filter Digest. Students are sent daily emails of the digestlist. The digest is informative of things going on around campus and gives the latest news involving USA. It is great to see what events are coming up and what is happening around campus. Unfortunately, with all the emails about multiple things coming in, the digestlist can get mixed in with all of it and overlooked. Making this filter, ensures that I know exactly where each digestlist will be and it wont get lost among the many emails I receive daily.

With the help of 7 Gmail Filters to Make Email Less of a Chore and Gmail Filter Help, it made the process of creating a filter fairly easy. Now that I know how to create a filter, I will create filters for each of my classes.

 

Professional Email Example

Dr. Hussain,

I’m Stephanie Feagin from your TR CA260: Digital Writing and Produciton class. Due to an upcoming doctor’s appointment, I will have to leave lab early this Thursday. I read on the syllabus that your office hours are MW 8:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. I would like to meet with you Monday at 8:15 a.m., if you are available, regarding any assignments I missed. Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Feagin

 

Class & Lab Reflection

This week we continued to learn how to do HTML coding. It is difficult because the smallest thing can cause the code to not work properly. It is challenging, but the more I practice and activities I do, it has become easier.

 

Website Accessibility

“It is essential that the Web be accessible in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with diverse abilities.” I couldn’t agree more with this statement found in the article, Accessibility.

It is so important to make your website accessible for all people with different disabilities. After watching the video and reading the assigned articles, it has made me realize just how important it is to make your website accessible. I would now like to elaborate on a few things I’ve learned from the articles: Accessibility, Introduction to Web Accessibility, Epilepsy Action: Web Design and the video, Tips to make your website accessible.

Ensure that all the parts of your website can be accessed using the keyboard!

Some people only have access to a keyboard or can’t properly use a mouse, therefore, your website needs to be accessible and easily navigated with a keyboard alone. People that can only use their keyboard to navigate a website may become frustrated that your website doesn’t allow easy and proper navigation using the keys on the keyboard.

Include captions and subtitles for videos!

People with hearing problems may not be able to properly hear the video even on it’s loudest setting. Captions should be provided and include, details of the speaker, what they’re saying and significant audio, all of which are important in understanding contexts and subtle cues. Providing subtitles in your video, ensures that hearing impaired viewers can watch your video without having to worry about hearing the audio.

Provide equivalent alternative text in the markup/code of images!

This is important for people with serious vision problems, most importantly, people who are blind. Providing the equivalent alt. text, allows people with vision problems and people who have their images turned off to hear what the image is.

Use suitable language!

There are some people who have learning disabilities. You want to make your content understandable for them because you don’t want them to become frustrated. Using simple language ensures that viewers will not become overwhelmed, completely understand what you’re trying to get across, and they’ll feel more comfortable reading content on your website. Overall, it makes for a more fun and enjoyable experience!

Be careful when including flashy images or videos on your website!

Some people have photosensitive epilepsy. This mean that they can have seizures caused by displays that flicker, flash, or blink. Be mindful when putting something on your website that could possibly cause a seizure. If you absolutely have to put something that you know flickers, flashes, or blinks put a clear warning messaging letting viewers know. If it’s possibly, try to avoid putting anything on your website that could possibly cause someone to have a seizure.

The video and articles do an awesome job at covering all the different ways to make your website accessible. It is truly important to make your website accessible!

Designing My Website

“Planning and organizing website content can feel overwhelming, especially if you have a lot of it.” Jordan Dick says this in his article, Organizing Website Content, and he is right!

After many attempts and throwing away several sheets of paper I used to sketch out ideas, I finally settled on a design. Now, the below design isn’t set in stone. I may change things, and I will probably add a couple images to my home page.

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After watching the videos and reading the article, I feel more prepared when it comes to designing my website. I have learned several helpful tips when it comes to web design thanks to the videos and article. I would like to share with my viewers five tips I have found to be important and helpful.

Five tips on Website Design

Tip 1: Organization has to be the number one tip that is stressed! I couldn’t agree more because I would much rather visit a website that’s nicely organized compared to one where everything is jumbled, and It’s difficult to navigate around the website.

Tip 2: As mentioned in the video, How to design a killer home page (advanced web design), You don’t need a bunch of flash on your home page. It is unnecessary to have a lot of flash that your potential viewers don’t like or find distracting.

Tip 3: Mentioned in the linked video above, he explains that your homepage should function as a table of contents. It should help with being a preview of what your website will show, its shows your audience exactly what your website is about.

Tip 4: In Jordan Dick’s article, Organizing Website Content, he talks about the amount of pages your website should have. When asked how many pages should your website have he says, “The short answer is, every service you provide needs its own landing page.” That is a great tip because who wants to view a website page with multiple topics that aren’t related to one another?

Tip 5: Also found in the article I mentioned in tip 3, he talks about your target audience. He talks about how understanding exactly who you want your target audience to be is important. It is important because everything on your website will be be for your audience. Also, getting a better understanding on who you want to be your audience will help you decide exactly what all you want on your website.