Process Discussion from Task 1

Below is the Process Discussion Essay from GHM1 Task 1 from the Technology Design Portfolio course (TDT1).

To create a website using Google Sites, you will need to first log into a Google account. If you do not have a Google account, you will need to create an account. Once logged into your Google account, you will click on the waffle or app launcher icon in the upper right corner and select the Sites icon.

You will then select from the menu options under, ‘Start a New Site’. You may choose the blank option for total customization, or you may choose from one of the template gallery options and modify it.

After selecting the ‘Start a new site’ Blank option, you will begin to customize the main page. Type a site name in the upper left corner. Type your page title. Hover over the ‘Change image’ tab, select upload, and upload an image of your choosing to use as the background image. 

Along the right side of the page, you can now choose from the ‘Insert’ tab from a variety of options, to add text, images, embedded links, or content from your Google Drive. There are pre-formatted content blocks that will guide you through placing images and text, or you can choose to add individual items as you like. 

Once the main page has your desired content, toggle over to the ‘Pages’ button on the right side of the page, and click on the plus sign to add another linked page to the main page. A box will pop up asking you to name the new page, after which a new link will appear to the page at the upper right portion of your home page. You can now click on the new page and edit it, as you did the main page. In the following images, you can see screenshots of the new page selection, titling, the appearance of a new page link on your main page, and finally the new page that you can now edit.

You can now repeat the steps necessary for adding additional pages to your main page. Do this until you have the desired number of linked pages to your main page. On my website, I added a page for graphic instructional materials, multimedia instructional materials, print instructional materials, a database, as well as a Frequently Asked Questions page. The FAQ exists to explain some design choices that will appear throughout the site as well as the purpose of the site. As a link to an external website, I included a social media link to my professional LinkedIn website at the bottom of the main page by clicking ‘Insert’, then ‘Social Links’, and copying in the URL to my page. As you are adding images, text, and making design decisions regarding font, color, etcetera, use your best judgment to create a cohesive and consistent look that is user-friendly. 

Once you are ready to publish your website, click the Publish button in the top right corner. You may then select your settings, but in order for the website to be visible to everyone, you must select the option to make the website available to the public.