What is a Website?
- When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 20th
- Where: MIT 9-251
- Instructor: Ben Golder, MCP2 (email)
- Description: A two-hour crash course on the
basics of websites aimed at urban planning students. We will
discuss: whether you should make your own website or “just pick some
webhosts, and domain names are; the difference between a website and a web
application; common free and paid options for making websites; a hands-on
process of making and editing your own basic website;
how to put things onto a website; and resources for further learning.
- Prerequisites: Confusion and curiosity about websites. Also, check the
section “Before the Workshop” below for tips on how to prepare and get the
most out of this workshop.
Before the Workshop
In order to follow along with the hands-on portions of the workshop, you
should do the following things before you arrive. If you have trouble with
these, feel free to email the instructor, Ben Golder
- Make a folder on your computer that you can use for the workshop
- Download the workshop materials here, unzip them, and put them in your
- Download and install one of the following text editing softwares if you
don’t already have one. In the workshop, you will use one of these to edit
open and browse the course materials in advance.
- Sublime Text – (Windows, Mac, or Linux) One of the most popular and well-loved text editors
around. Free to download and use, but will occasionally show a pop-up
window if you don’t purchase it. This is what I’ll be using during the
- Brackets – (Windows, Mac, or Linux) A newer, free open source code editor.
- Notepad++ – A solid and reliable text editor for Windows. Free.
- TextWrangler – A free text editor for Mac only.
- DreamWeaver – Adobe’s software for making basic websites. This is
not free generally, but many MIT students already have it
installed. This software
can sometimes make simple tasks far more complicated than necessary. Not
recommended, but if you already have it and you don’t want two install
anything else, I will grudgingly acknowledge that it will work just fine for