Guide to hosting and promoting your entry

Note: Accessibility is an important aspect of your entry as it forms part of the judging criteria. Please ensure the accessibility/inclusivity of every aspect of your entry – website, blog, video, audio or document/PDF.

Creating a website

If you would like to showcase your entry via a website, the following information will help you design, create and manage your own website. There are also some links to web accessibility guidelines.

Guidelines

Description Link
A free website creation tutorial for beginners http://www.2createawebsite.com/
6 Phases of the Web Site Design and Development Process http://www.idesignstudios.com/blog/web-design/phases-web-design-development-process/

Tools

Description Link
WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog http://wordpress.com/
Google Sites lets you create simple, secure group websites http://sites.google.com/
ComfyPage website builder http://comfypage.com/
Disposable web page http://disposablewebpage.com/
OpenZine: Make a free website that looks like a magazine. Create free web pages and group them with a magazine cover http://www.openzine.com/aspx/

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

Description Link
Google’s Search Engine Optimisation Statrter Guide http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=35291
A Guide to Search Engine Optimisation http://www.searchengineoptimising.com/seo-guide
55 Quick SEO Tips Even Your Mother Would Love http://www.searchenginejournal.com/55-quick-seo-tips-even-your-mother-would-love/6760/

Creating a blog

If you would like to showcase your entry using a blog, the following information will help you get started.

Description Link
Blog.com: A free, fully-featured publishing platform http://www.blog.com/
Blogger: Easy to use blog creation tool http://www.blogger.com/home?pli=1
Hipcast: Create audio, video, podcasting, blogs http://www.hipcast.com/index.htm
Posterous: The dead simple place to post everything https://posterous.com/
WordPress.com: Popular and sophisticated blogging tool, with plenty of themes and useful widgets http://wordpress.com/

Uploading documents (PDF etc using Google Docs, Box.net etc)

If you are using documents (including pdf files) as part of your entry, you will need to host them and provide us with access via a link (and password if necessary).  Below are some of the more popular document hosting/sharing tools available.

Description Link
Box: Share, manage and access your content online http://www.box.com/
Dropbox: Keep files synced between computers, automatically back up files online https://www.dropbox.com/
Yousendit: Send large files from any device, anywhere https://www.yousendit.com
Google Docs: Create and share docs, spreadsheets and presentations http://docs.google.com/
Scribd: Where you can store your documents – doc, ppt, pdf, xls, etc and share them with others. http://www.scribd.com/

Creating, editing and uploading video

You might be thinking about submitting your entry using video. Below are some tools and guidelines for creating, editing, uploading and sharing your video.

Note: If you submit a link to a video, please also specify URL of your caption file.

Creating and editing

Description Link
Jaycut: The world’s most advanced technology for online video editing http://jaycut.com/
Screenhunter: An award-winning screen capture software solution to capture any part of screen image, print, edit screenshot with annotations, also with web capture, scanning and video screen capture http://www.wisdom-soft.com/products/screenhunter.htm
animoto: Create videos from your images http://animoto.com/
Masher: Easily create a video by mixing together video clips, music tracks, and photos http://www.masher.com/
Windows Movie Maker: Create, edit and share home movies http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/windows-xp

Hosting

Description Link
YouTube: Video hosting and sharing site http://www.youtube.com/
Vimeo: A respectful community of creative people who are passionate about sharing the videos they make http://vimeo.com/
5min: Video hosting for videos under 5 minutes in length http://www.5min.com/
See how the experts do it – instructional video sharing http://www.monkeysee.com/
Howcast: View and share how-to videos http://www.howcast.com/
Webcredible guide to creating accessible video and audio http://www.webcredible.co.uk/blog/accessible-video-audio
The Longtail Community guide to making video accessible http://www.longtailvideo.com/support/jw-player/22/making-video-accessible
Examples of fully accessible videos on Vimeo http://vimeo.com/channels/accessible
Creating Accessible Videos – a guide from Michigan State University http://webaccess.msu.edu/tutorials/accessible-videos.html
Subtitle Horse – useful tool for creating captions for videos http://subtitle-horse.com/

Marketing tools and advice

Description Link
Tactical Tech: mainly for activists under repressive regimes, but their advice on setting up movements is good. http://www.tacticaltech.org/
Weiji blog: many useful startup resources and marketing tools. http://weijiblog.com/startup-tools/

Promoting your entry using social media

Description Link
Twitter: a real-time information network that connects you to the latest information about what you find interesting. Simply find the public streams you find most compelling and follow the conversations. http://twitter.com/
Facebook: helps you connect and share with the people in your life. http://www.facebook.com/
HootSuite: Social Media Dashboard. The leading social media dashboard to manage and measure your social networks http://hootsuite.com/
TweetDeck: allows you to monitor, manage and engage in your social world by bringing together your Twitter and Facebook feeds in a powerful and flexible column-based dashboard. http://www.tweetdeck.com/
eHow guide to social networking http://www.ehow.com/about_4604227_social-networking.html
Stop!thinksocial: guide to social networking http://www.stopthinksocial.com/

Accessibility, usability and inclusivity

Web accessibility

Description Link
Web accessibility: The basics from Webcredible http://www.webcredible.co.uk/user-friendly-resources/web-accessibility/basics.shtml
Web Accessibility Initiative: Strategies, guidelines, resources to make the Web accessible to people with disabilities http://www.w3.org/WAI/
w3schools.com: Learn how to make a website. Free tutorials in all web development technologies. http://www.w3schools.com/
W3schools web page validator: Check your web pages against the web standards. He validator returns a list of errors found, according to your chosen standard. Make sure you make it a habit to validate all your web pages before publishing. http://www.w3schools.com/web/web_validate.asp

Web usability

Description Link
useit.com: Jakob Nielsen’s website on web usability http://www.useit.com/

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