Inside WCS: Build Your Own Website Workshop
On the evening of November 5th in a classroom in Siebel, the Explorations Committee put on the “Make Your Own Website” Workshop. After a short ice breaker, the committee members covered the uses of a personal website and how to get started on making one. They then started on an overview HTML and CSS, and the basics of styling and creating a static website. The workshop used an intuitive Relp.it to show an interactive model of how CSS styles a website, and what different HTML scripting tags produce on a website.
The workshop was impressively informative in the short time allotted, and almost every participant agreed that it gave a great jumping off point to making their own website without overwhelming them.
Anonymous WCS Member and male non-member friend
Q: Have you all made a website before?
A: “No we haven’t, but we really liked what the workshop offered… we didn’t know that templates existed which makes this a lot easier than we first thought.”
Friend A: “Yeah the template is something I didn’t know about, really glad I know now”
Social Committee Member — Mia
Mia: “It [the event] was really cool! I definitely plan on making a new website… [even though] I haven’t done web development before.”
Workshop Presenter — Shreya Vinjamuri
Q: Overall, how do you think the workshop went
A: It was good, I thought we had a lot of good engagement. I also thought the ice breakers were really fun”
Q: Did you like the turnout? Is there anything you think helped or didn’t help?
A: Doing events hybrid really helps increase turnout. [I think our] turnout was good and so was the engagement. I’m glad we kept everything to an hour, but the time crunch was real. I know for my section I had to zoom through things.
Q: What do you think of using live website services like Notion Publish, Obsidian Pages, or some similar service?
A: I think its important to get yourself out there… to get started, in the long run you should make something [your website] your own thing.
Q: How important do you think a personal website is to career prospects?
A: [Laughing] it depends, but that is the question. [I personally think] it’s not going get you a job, it may, but it may not. It’s good for your personal branding, to have something to point at , which is definitely valuable. But [I think] it should be a personal project, fun personal project.