How to Make a Sock Animals Website

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Making and playing with sock animals can be a fun hobby for children and adults alike. With just a sock a couple of buttons and some glue, you can make your very own sock animal puppet. As the popularity of sock animal puppets continues to grow, you might be wondering how you can show your love of these creative toys. One option to consider is to build a website dedicated to sock animals. On this type of website, you can share your love of sock animals and connect with other sock animal lovers.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Web design software

How to Make a Sock Animals Website

  • Figure out what type of web design software you would like to use for your website. WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) web editors are the simplest type of web design program and are often used by beginning web designers. Some of the most popular WYSIWYG editors include Apple iWeb and Adobe Dreamweaver. If you already have some web design skills, you can use a more advanced web design application such as AceHTML or UltraEdit.

  • Turn on your computer and open the web design application of your choice. Start a new website by navigating to the "File" menu and clicking "New." Start by designing the layout of your home page. Decide on the placement of the header, body, navigation bar, banners, and other content. Keep in mind that your website will probably be visited by children, so make the layout as intuitive as possible.

  • Style your homepage. Choose background and text colors and a font that will compliment your sock animals. The style of the homepage is typically mirrored in the style of the other supporting pages of the website, so keep this in mind as you will be using similar styles on multiple pages. You can use graphic design applications such as Aviary or Adobe Photoshop to create enhanced visuals and images to spice up your sock animal website. You can look at other sock animal websites to help you get an idea of how to style your own sock animal website.

  • Determine what pages, besides the homepage, you would like to include on your sock animal website. A "gallery" page would allow you to share pictures of your sock animals, while a forum page would let other sock animal enthusiasts share their sock animal stories and designs. Make sure to add navigation links on each page so that the user can easily go back and forth between the different sections of your website.

  • Add any special effects to your website such as roll-over states, animations, and music players. Consult the manual of the specific web design software you are using to determine exactly how to accomplish this. Special effects can compliment your sock animal web design and make the content more exciting.

  • Save your web design and export it as an HTML file. Once your website is in HTML format, you can use an FTP program such as CyberDuck or Transmit to upload your website to the server that will be hosting your website.

References

  • Photo Credit socks 5 image by chrisharvey from Fotolia.com
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