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How to create a website using assistive technology


How to create a website using assistive technology

How to create a website using assistive technology

Back in 2001, sitting at the city library listening to music on Yahoo music, when I got started with web development, most sites were built using HTML (code), CSS and even Flash. These websites took a lot of time to learn and were tricky to master. When I wanted to update these sites, I had to find a way to download the files to the computer I was using, open them in notepad, make the changes, and cross my fingers as I uploaded them. If they worked the way I expected them to, then that was wonderful. That being said however, I noticed more often the websites didn’t do what I wanted.

It was times like these that I experienced, as well as others, that causes most people to still think creating a website from scratch is difficult or requires a lot of coding and design skills – but that’s no longer true!

In 2017, content management systems (CMS) like WordPress have made creating a website accessible to everyone. Free services like wix and your web hosts “Site builder”, that allow anyone to be able to build a personal or company site in moments, seeing how updates they make effect the site instantly. No more uploading and crossing your fingers as you reload the page, praying that what you expect to happen happens.

To put simply, a content management system (or website building platform) is a user-friendly platform for building websites and managing your own online content, instead of using a bunch of loose HTML pages.

Three Most Popular Site Building Platforms in 2017 according to The Reasons to Use WordPress – The Most Popular CMS | Inspiren – Blog

  1. WordPress – 50.07%
  2. Drupal – 17.07%
  3. Joomla – 6.44%

As you can see from the numbers above, nearly half of the websites on the Internet are running on WordPress website platform.

Why WordPress is better than the rest?

WordPress is the best way to create a website using assistive technology, because at this point there are no better/easier way to build a website… But more importantly;

  1. It’s totally FREE, with many layouts/themes to choose from
    WordPress doesn’t cost a dime to download or install, and there’s a huge community who have designed beautiful themes and templates, making it easy to get going fast. You’ll never run out of uniqueness…
  2. It’s VERY beginner-friendly
    If you know how to use Microsoft Word, you already know how to add your own content. (It may even be eassier once you get to know the keystrokes)

WordPress can be expanded with free plugins to handle just about any site you can imagine – from gorgeous business pages to social networking sites. With “plugins” you’ll be able to add contact forms, subscription forms, image galleries and so on for your website – pretty simple, huh?

  1. Small or Big site? Great for both.
    From basic blogs to beautiful business sites and online stores, WordPress can handle just about any kind of website. WordPress is used by eBay, Mozilla, Reuters, CNN, Google Ventures and even NASA.
  2. Your site will be ‘responsive‘. Meaning it’ll work on mobiles & tablets, too.
    The website you build will instantly be responsive, looking great on every mobile device, smartphone and tablet. No need to hire a web developer for that..
  3. HUGE support and developer community available to help.
    With so many people using the platform (Webmaster, Bloggers, Theme developers and Plugin creators), it’s easy to find QUICK help when you need it. In addition, WordPress has lots of free resources both available on Youtube and their support forum.
    WordPress is the easiest platform I’ve ever worked with, but it’s flexible enough to suit everyone from small business owners, and freelancers to creative artists and bloggers.

How to create a wordpress website using assistive technology

Now that you have red this far, you see that the answer to How to create a website using assistive technology is WordPress, but now your wondering how you should get started with building your own site?

As you have seen from above, WordPress allows customization through the use of themes and plug-ins. There are thousands of themes and plug-ins that you can Peru’s once you have your website up. One of benefits of getting connected with someone like Damashe and myself is that we can help you answer the questions you already have, and share with you the themes and plug-ins we are using. And additionally you can enter your name and email address in the form below and order to download a free PDF file with our top 10 plug-ins.

We should probably revise this…

But here’s a good getting starting point.

 

I’ll post more about WordPress later, if you’re interested you can check out the word press with the blind guy course I created currently being beta tested and revised found at this link and off the courses tab

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