This week I learned how to build a website. No I did not take a class, I am not tech savvy (other than than Facebook and twitter maybe). How did I do it? Well I spent 30 minutes going through several options
- Wix (The one I chose) see the website I created in less than 1 hour with 2 functional pages here
- Square Space
- Google Sites
When deciding between the above 5 option (more out there) I looked for templates that were a good fit, and ease to sign up. These all offer free websites and they all have basic templates to chose from. I found that Wix and SquareSpace had many templates to chose from and it was easy to scroll through them before signing up. Several of the others required sign-up before getting to see the functionality.
As far as Wix goes there were many layers within the template, so you could add multi-media aspects. It was also easy to follow the paths and create the buttons. Colors were easy to change and pictures were easy to upload. There were many options to adjust and create something specific to the needs of the organization or cause. It was also easy to add social media sights, a donate now button, and a sign up for a newsletter option. All of these are vital to the media campaign of any organization. For a Public Health campaign these are useful for heath updates or reaching out about specific health goals or needs, also connecting people to your social media such as Facebook and Twitter through the website is another avenue for them to follow your organization. For Public Health organizations on a budget this is a great free place to start.
Take a look through the sights above there is something to fit the need and look of any organization, even a novice can create a stunning website that will get you up and running toward your public health outreach goals!