Web Design

Here is a summary of some of my web skills

About

Web development is an ever growing field, of great interest to me. I have begun to grow and adapt my skills in web development as I create more and more websites as a student at university, and externally as a free lancer. I have a keen work ethic, taking pride and care with my work, and strive to continue to do so as a advance my skills and take on clients.

I also have a growing interest in design and graphics, which I have studied in the past and have continued to do so while working and attending university. Having a background in design and graphics allows me to further improve the design and visual appearance of the websites I build. In addition to this, I am studying in a Bachelor of Business degree which I believe helps me to connect with businesses and develop a more professional outcome.

So far, my official studies at university have furthered my knowledge of the essential elements of website development from design to implementation. Involving the use of media resources, program code, and the application of common structures and integration of multimedia elements. In addition to this, my studies have also involved the use of web standards and issues. Including; the accessibility, copyright, privacy, ethical and cultural issues related to website development. Some of the topics of my studies are relating to:

  • CSS
  • HTML
  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • Java Script
  • Design
  • SEO
  • Blogging
  • Web promotion
  • Content Management
  • Photo Manipulation (Editing)

Other Websites

http://jamestaylor.space/

HTML Digital Portfolio

As part of an assessment I have also made a HTML digital portfolio from scratch.

sagedigital.com.au/

Sage Digital

I also freelance with a partner the name Sage Digital, which is designed to offer media related
services such as, websites, design, promotional materials and photography.

Issues in Web Development

Building a website to be functional is only one aspect of web development. Great care and consideration needs to go into examining the security, copyright, privacy, ethical, legal and cultural issues. These factors can largely impact the suitability of the material we use and how we present it.
Even while developing this digital portfolio I encountered some of these issues and had to make adjustments to some of my material before finishing.

  • Copyright/Intellectual Property:
    “The moment an idea or creative concept is documented, on paper or electronically, it is automatically protected by copyright”

    • In order to comply with copyright and privacy laws, I had to ensure that all of the images that I had used on my sites were owned by myself. If they weren’t, I either had to ensure that I had the appropriate permission to use them, or replace them with material I did have permission to use.
    • Copyright IP Australia. 2015. Copyright IP Australia. [ONLINE]
  • Security/Privacy:
    “Requires an APP entity to take active measures to ensure the security of personal information it holds, and to actively consider whether it is permitted to retain personal information.”

  • Societal/Cultural:
    “Understanding others makes possible a better knowledge of oneself: any form of identity is complex, for individuals are defined in relation to other people – both individually and collectively – and the various groups to which they owe allegiance, in a constantly shifting pattern.”

Website Hosting

Service Providers
Cheapest Monthly Plans as at May 2015
Go Daddy Bluehost Crazy Domains
Monthly Cost $7.99 $5.99 $3.49
Storage Space 100GB 100GB 150GB
Websites 1 1 1
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Reliability 99.9% Uptime Guarantee 99.9% Uptime Guarantee 99.9% Uptime Guarantee
Software Offered Drupal, Megneto, phpbb, PHP 5, Perl, Python, CGI, ASP CGI-BIN, CGI Library, PHP 5, Perl 5, Python, ASP PHP, Perl, Sendmail, Ruby, Ajax, ASP

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Summary and Recommendations

If you are thinking of building a website or having one built, and you are looking to host and manage it yourself, this brief summary will discuss and compare a few of the known web hosting providers.

The table above summarises the some of the basic information about the cheapest web hosting options provided by Go Daddy, Bluehost, and Crazy Domains. For the most part, the data collected demonstrates that the features available on the cheapest hosting plans are quite similar, with minor differences in software and code support. However, Crazy Domains, who also offer the cheapest option, offer the highest storage capacity, 50GB higher than the others.

Although these service providers are all offering shared hosting packages, it doesn’t mean they are all identical. They are differentiated by their RAM, CPU power, databases and other speciality features. However, in the case of these low range plans, if you are only looking for a way to get your simple information based website onto the internet, any of these would probably do the job, and you might as well go with one of the cheaper options.

These low range hosting options are very affordable, however they can also become problematic when problems arise and your site’s performance and reliability is not given priority. Therefore, if you were are a business or other party, looking for higher quality hosting, it may be best to seek out advice about what your site requires and to consider premium options. For example, dedicated servers eliminate many of the issue associated with the shared servers (lower range options), but they are also more expensive, so you may also want to conclude whether it is necessary to upgrade or not.