Sitemaps and More!

By Beacon News | Published June 22, 2012 | Categories: Beacon News

I only have 4 weeks left for my internship at Beacon Technologies. I am still learning a lot about the process of creating a website. We have decided on a template for the Beacon NetCafe. Richard and I are going to start pushing this website through and have the pilot run before the end of my internship. I look forward to completing this project in the near future.

When designing a website, it is important to create a sitemap. I have already learned this fact. You shouldn't pick or design the website before creating a sitemap. This would be counter-intuitive. Never use a website to create your sitemap. After creating the sitemap and better understanding the needs of the website, we were able to find a template much more effectively. Now that we have the sitemap and the template, our next step is to create a wireframe for the website. A website wireframe is a framework of the website design. I am learning more and more about the process of designing a website. So far, I have been using Paint to complete the wireframe for the Beacon NetCafe website. Using my master Photoshop skills that I don't really have, I have been copying and pasting images and words to a screenshot of the template. Although anybody can see the boxes from copying and pasting on my wireframe, it will get the job done. I also enjoy messing around with pictures on Paint so this part of the project is turning out to be pretty fun. I will also start to work on a requirement document next week to plan out everything needed for the website. After about 6 weeks of researching and planning, I am actually starting to see how this website is going to turn out. So far, it has been exciting and I can’t wait to have a demo website up and running in the near future. The process has had its ups and downs but I am confident that this website and event will turn out to be great for Beacon Technologies.

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