Module 11: Web Hosting and Domain Registration

This week the topic is web hosting and domain registration. This may be irrelevant for some in the class but I believe that if anyone is trying to have a real, professional looking site, not just used for a grade in the class, then they should purchase a domain name.

Web hosting is basically a server that gives websites a place in the internet while domains are interactive codes that give websites a particular name.

Purchasing a domain can be integral in making your website look more official and more professional. If people see the assigned domain given by the web host, then it doesn’t look like you care as much as if you have your own personalized domain name.

Do you think you will buy a domain name for yourself or your business? Why or why not?

Yes, I have already purchased my domain because having a website is something that I will use for my career as a photographer/videographer. Purchasing a domain was an investment that I believed would benefit me in the long run.

Do you think you will pay for hosting or use a free service (like the one provided in this class)? Why?

I am paying for a hosting service for my website. The hosting service that I used to create my website had a combined fee of hosting plus domain name so I pay a monthly fee for the two.


Module 6: Access and Accessibility

This week in our lab, we went over how to make sites more user friendly and also more aesthetically pleasing. We were shown some well-designed sites, and also some that looked like a 10-year-old sister made it.

This is such an important feature when creating a website because people judge a product or service first with their eyes. If something is aesthetically pleasing, then it draws a person in.

People are attracted to attractive things- hence “attract-ive.”

It is really helpful to see other websites and their designs, good and bad, because it will show you idea of what you want and don’t want for your own website.

In the readings for this week, one of the biggest things that stood out to me was in the article about Accessibility in which they discussed placing alternative text throughout your website.

When equivalent alt text is provided, the information is available to people who are blind.

This is helpful for those people who are blind and can not read the text provided which is very important in order to reach a larger audience.

This is often something that is passed by without a single thought so it is important to educate yourself on things like this so you do not leave out specific audiences from interacting with your website.


Module 5: Writing and Managing Email

Reflecting on last week

My CA 260 Digital Writing class has been learning how to work with html and develop websites through a simple tool like notepad. We are only doing the basics but it has given me very useful knowledge on the way it all works. Plus it is really cool to know how to do something like that because most people don’t. As far as creating my own website, I will definitely leave the hard, creative work up to other people and go through another website like Weebly or Wix to create my own.

Email Filters

In order to use a filter, you much login to your email through a browser. It may be possible through the app on your computer but I personally couldn’t figure it out. Using filters was actually really simple. All you have to do is search the particular group of emails that you want to filter and create a label for them. From there on out, all new emails given that label will be grouped together.

I simply chose to filter every email that contained CA 260 as CA 260- I am so basic. I did this just to test it out and see how I would like it. I will probably have more of an opinion on it when I receive an email or two. If I like it then I will definitely continue to use it because it was so simple to set up.

Email Etiquette

Email etiquette is very important, especially dealing with very educated higher ups like professors and bosses. It is important to be concise and to the point because chances are you are not the only one emailing them. They more than likely go through hundreds on emails on a regular basis so they don’t need to hear the minuscule details.

If I was to write an email to a professor about having to miss class, it would look something like this:

Dr. Sheffield

Hi, I am in your Monday evening class at 3:30. Due to a personal matter I will need to leave class a little early February 19. Just wanted to let you know because I know that can be a bit disruptive.


Lauren Roddam


In an article by David Masters he says practicing empathy is important because “When you do this, you understand their thoughts and feelings.” People like to know that you have their best interest in mind which is why I explained why I thought it was appropriate to email and let her know instead of just getting up and leaving class with no explanation.

Thanks for reading!