WebDev Writing for a Website

Before You Begin
Before you begin creating written and visual content for a website, ask yourself these questions:

  • Who is your audience?
  • What is the theme of your site?
  • What are the 4 topics you will put on your 4 pages?
  • How will you use the home page (index.html) to introduce your content?

Topics Choice

You need to decide on a theme for your website and then decide on 4 topics to write about. Topics are your choice. They can be related or not, and can range from “Minecraft Tips & Tricks” and “The Saddest Video Game Deaths Ever”, to “All about Beagles”, “My Favorite Things” or “How to Know if You are a True Directioner”.

Be Clear About Your Topic from the Start

Be sure the topic of the page is obvious. Use a page title, bold print, or underlines to highlight the topic of the page. You can also provide links to allow visitors to “drill down” to more specific items. Lead with your most important content, then elaborate. This will help your visitor find what they are looking for.

Use Links within Your Text

Incorporate your links within your text, rather than using phrases such as “click here” or “more.” Having a sentence or a phrase as a link will make it clear to your visitor exactly what is going to happen when they click it.

Keep it Simple

Your writing should be simple and straight forward.

  • Write in a 7th grade voice. Your website should sound like it was written from a 7th graders point of view
  • Write at least 200 words per topic. Word Count is under the “Tools” menu in Google Docs
  • Do not use texting lingo (i.e. ur for you are)
  • Use paragraphs to separate main points on a page
  • Keep sentences short and to the point. Control for run-on sentences
  • Use correct grammar, punctuation and spell check
  • Capitalize the beginning word of sentences and all proper nouns
  • Do not copy and paste from other sources unless you are using a definition or essential information from another source. Most, if not all of the writing on your site should be your own.
  • Keep your content simple and straightforward
  • Use terms your visitor will understand

Example:

Reuben Reviews

I love a good reuben. It is my default order at almost any restaurant I go to. According to Wikipedia:

The Reuben sandwich is a hot sandwich of corned beef, Swiss cheese with Russian dressing, and sauerkraut. These are grilled between slices of rye bread. Several variants exist.

source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reuben_sandwich

Here are my reuben reviews for some popular restaurants in Grand Blanc

Winner Price
Sophia’s – Sophia’s reuben costs $5.99, the cheapest of those tested. It was a good, standard, lunch meat sandwich, although the meat was slightly overcooked and a little tough. It could have used a bit more dressing as well.

Winner Bread
Great Harvest – It’s probably a no-brainer that the Great Harvest sandwich had the best bread. It was grilled panini-style with real butter. The outside was crisp, and the inside of the bread was soft with a little bit of toughness to it. There was plenty of cheese, but the rest of the toppings were a little skimpy for the $8.99 I paid.

Winner Overall
Oliver T’s – Great sandwich for the same price as Great Harvest. The toppings were well proportioned, plenty of sauerkraut and dressing. The Boar’s Head meat was hot grilled, but not over cooked. Bread was almost as good as Great Harvest. This was the best reuben in Grand Blanc so far.