About the class

This class will begin to give you the skills necessary to be a successful web designer and web editor. You not only will learn the basics of how web sites are built, you will learn the skills necessary to make web sites successful in this social media- and search engine-driven world.

What you will learn:

  • File-folder structure, HTML and cascading style sheets (CSS).
  • Web design principles.
  • How to create a site using an installation of Wordpress.
  • What makes a successful site.
  • How to modify a Wordpress site’s design using HTML and CSS.
  • Web site hosting and domain name management.
  • How to use Google Analytics to measure the success of a site.
  • How to use search engine optimization and social media to drive traffic to your site.
  • Current trends in the world of digital media.

How to get a B: Show up on time, turn in your assignments on time, pay attention in class, apply concepts learned in class to assignments.

How to get an A: Do all of that, and go above and beyond what is required on assignments.

About the instructor: Chris Snider is an associated professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Drake University in Des Moines. He runs a web design and social media company in Des Moines called Chris Snider Design. He has two kids - Henry and Madigan. His wife, Laura, is an author and lawyer in Des Moines.