CMS Recommendation

One of the most recommended Content Management System (CMS) is WordPress. This is the only CMS that I would recommend because it is the only one that I have used and have experience with. Through  my experiences, I have been very impressed with the simplicity of the website. Publishing, editing, categorizing, and following other users is made so easy. This simplicity makes the experiences with this website enjoyable.

WordPress is featured in the  Content Management System Overview Tutorial video. It speaks of how simple it is to edit your webpages and blogs visually or through HTML. It talks about the features that set WordPress apart from others. WordPress’s accessibility is attractive to most users and their other features may be found in WordPress Features.

This website gives templates for websites and blogs and makes editing them very simple. This website has been featured in other articles and blogs. It’s been compared to Drupal and Joomla to see how it differs from competitors in a good way.

It’s easy to insert photos, videos, and animations to websites and blogs. I would recommend WordPress to anyone looking for a great CMS. It’s features and simplicity make the website a reliable and accessible website to use.

Filtering and Writing Emails

Filtering Emails
When I first attempted filtering an email, I was slightly confused but gave it a second try with the help of 7 Gmail Filters to Make Email Less of a Chore and Gmail Filter Help. You begin by entering something into the search bar and scrolling down to the bottom of the search and clicking on Create filter using this search. Then choose what you’d like the filter to be and click Create Filter. I decided to go with the filter Community Service. As the Vice President-Community Service of my sorority, I receive many emails pertaining to girls in my sorority and their community service forms containing their hours for the semester. Although I do have a separate email for the girls to turn in their hours, sometimes they are sent to my personal email and get lost in other mail that I receive. This filter will allow me to keep track of any and all forms that go through my personal email.

Professional Email Example
Dr. Hossain,
My name is Karla Silva and I am currently enrolled in your TR CA 260-703 class. Due to the fact that I work for the football team, I will have to leave class early on Thursday, October 20, 2016, to go prepare the stadium for today’s weekday game. Since this is a campus excused event, attached to this email is my official university excuse. I have looked through the syllabus and see that your office hours correlate with my free periods and am wondering when would be the best time to come into your office to talk about what I will miss when I must leave class early. Please respond with your preferred time. I look forward to hearing from you and thank you so much in advance.
Sincerely,
Karla Silva
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kfs1421@jagmail.southalabama.edu

Reflection on the Previous Week
Writing in HTML proved to be harder than it seemed. I continue to practice my skills and I am finally improving. The readings from this week helped improve the professionalism of my emails and showed me how to create a filter in my email, which are both extremely useful for my future profession.

 

The Scoop on Living in a Sorority House

Becoming a part of Kappa Delta Sorority is one of the best things I have ever done in college. I came into college with a handful of friends from high school because most of us went to different colleges and I knew being a pre-medicine major was going to make it difficult to make friends my first few semesters in college due to how large and impersonal the classes were. When my now best friend convinced me to go through recruitment with her, I was so hesitant about Greek life but decided to go through anyways.

Fast forward a whole year later and I now live in the sorority house and love (almost) every minute of it! Living in a sorority is super fun; you have all of your best friends as your roommate, hallmates, and neighbors. Since I’m a council member, I am required to live in my sorority house but it has benefitted me way more. Some days we wake up early enough to walk to the caf before our classes that are at 8 A.M.. Some night we go to the beach to clear our thoughts and erase all of our worries. There’s always a sister ready to listen to your problems and a shoulder to cry on if it’s needed. When all you want to do is sit inside all day and binge watch television, a sister is there to accompany you.

Sometimes, living in a sorority isn’t all fun and games. Living in a house with so many girls gets tough when you’re trying to study but nobody else in the house can be quiet. With it being more than just a common area for my friends and I, I like to study around the house because it’s where I’m most comfortable. Some nights you’re the girl that wants to stay in when everyone wants to go out and are waken up by your friends when you hear them come in after a really fun night.

Living in the house is one of my all-time favorite things and I’m extremely sad that I have to move out in December but it’s given me experiences and memories with friends that I will never forget and wouldn’t have gotten if I wouldn’t have moved into my sorority house.

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Pictured above is myself and my hallmate Madison.

A Website Created For ALL

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Importance of Website Accessibility 
It’s important to ensure that your website is created for any and all people to access. Making your website available to all gives you a bigger audience, a better look for your website, and equal opportunity for all that visit your site.

According to W3c.org, “Accessibility supports social inclusion for people with disabilities as well as others, such as older people, people in rural areas, and people in developing countries.” It’s important to ensure that your website is completely accessible through a keyboard for simplicity for those that have trouble navigating a website any other way.

Also according to W3c.org, “Web accessibility  also benefits people without disabilities.” Accessibility means that it conforms to most people’s needs and preferences. This flexibility will make your website appealing to users and easy to navigate no matter the age or comprehension level of your user.

 

How I will keep my website accessible:
I plan to make my whole website navigable through the keyboard if possible or to where it can be the main way to move through the site. I will be sure to add a description on videos for those who are hard of hearing and cannot listen to the video. I will make sure that no videos or sounds start immediately after clicking on the website because it could startle certain viewers. Keeping my diction simple and understandable will help people with lower comprehension levels.

 

Avoid bright colors and flashy videos and pictures!
Flashy videos, especially those that catch readers off guard could cause serious problems for viewers that are prone to seizures due to epilepsy. As someone who volunteers and works with people with disabilities, I know that certain people get startled easily and when they are stimulated too quickly, they have the possibility of having a seizure. These are easily avoidable by keeping web pages simple, including no videos with too bright of colors or objects that move too quickly around the screen.

Designing My Website in 1, 2, 3!

It took me some time to decide how I was going to organize my website because I have created some in the past and did not want all of my creations to look identical. I knew that I wanted something simple so I began with putting my logo in the top left hand corner, my five tabs on the top right hand corner and my name with words that describe me in the center of my home page. I decided that my tabs will be one to describe myself, my experiences and future goals in my field of study, my current job as a student athletic trainer, my resume, and all of my contact information. Through this process I learned that making something look simple, is not so simple. The organization that it takes in order to make something look clean-cut and understandable is more than what I thought it would take.

Some tips that “How to Design a Killer Website” gives that I kept in mind while designing my website are below.

Be organized. Be sure to make your website can be easily navigated because although your other pages might have great information for potential employers, they would be unable to reach it if your website is not “scrollable.”

Don’t over do it. Your website should be more simple than not. You should be able to get your message across without too much going on because your audience might lose sight of what you’re truly trying to get across.

Have a target audience. Be sure you know who your intended audience is and that you modify your website to reflect that. For example, do not have an intended audience consisting of potential employers but write in slang for an audience of teenagers.

Table of contents. This goes back to the first tip of being organized. A viewer will be pleased with an easily navigated website. It makes all of the content reachable and allows the reader to focus on the content rather than how they will get to the content.

Engagement media. Be sure to have as many visuals on your website as needed to get your point across. Be sure to remember the second tip while doing this, however, because you do not want to take away from your text and focus solely on your photographs.

Creating a website can be tough but with these tips in mind, your website should look as professional as you are!

 

 

USA Beats MSU

I am one of the student athletic trainers for the University of South Alabama football team and it’s been one of my favorite things about college since my freshman year! As a student trainer, I view and assist with interesting treatments, provide water for the athletes during practices and games, and I get to travel to certain away games to assist when needed.

This year, South Alabama opened its season at Mississippi State University. The University of South Alabama’s win over Mississippi State University was the biggest upset in college football in the past five years. I was privileged enough to work this game and witness history on the sideline alongside the football players, coaches, and staff! The emotions that ran through the stadium were ones that could only be felt to be able to understand. The team had a less than 3% chance of winning the game and came out with a 21-20 win.

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I was able to run on the field behind the players, coaches, and staff in celebration of all of our combined hard work paying off. The players are now continuing their season trying to surpass their efforts from the previous game played. It’s a huge privilege to watch the team progress at practice every day and putting it into action on game day. The Jaguars still have a long season before them and with this huge win, they now have the entire country watching them. One of the biggest games left to play in their season is against LSU on the weekend after Thanksgiving. The team is projected to lose, but the Jaguars should never be counted out.

This experience has definitely bettered my college experience and I cannot wait for the rest of the season to continue!

Creating a Website on Weebly

Weebly.com is a great place for beginners to create their own free website and create content that they can share with the world. It’s perfect for beginners because it allows you to have a free domain, it provides predesigned themes, and it gives examples of what type of content should be put throughout the site.

The Process
The website is easily created by signing up with a social media account or with an email address. After creating an account, choose the theme for the website, and create a domain name that will be used to reach the site. The user can then go through each tab and edit the name of each to whatever best fits his or her needs. Photos and text can be added, deleted, and edited throughout their new site and made their own. The content is automatically saved every time a change occurs which allows no room for lost material.

My Website Theme
I used the ‘Unite-Personal’ Theme as the theme for my website. I chose this one because it has the simplistic feel that I want for my website. I do not want my theme to take away from the content that I have chosen to put on my website. I felt that if I chose something where the tabs were not easily accessed, the colors on the background were too bright, or the overall feel of the website was not simple, viewers could not concentrate on my text or photographs. This theme is navigable and works with what I want to be portrayed as. I do not think that I will be changing it in the future, however, there is always a possibility for change as my content begins to be put into the site.