Creating a Website for the Busy Educator

These days most educators simply don’t have the time to spend days on end setting up a personal website for their classroom or educational ventures. Some educators prefer using Google Sites because it is free, but Google Sites is limited in the content you can provide to your audience or students. Google Sites is perfectly fine for the older teacher who is about to retire, but wants to follow their school districts’ move into newer technology. Most other educators need to focus on creating a strong website that can constantly be referenced.

My primary suggested reasons for creating your own personal website are:

  • Snapshot of your teaching – in case you end up moving on to a different district you will have a visible instrument to show a new administrative team of what you’ve done and how you’ve done it.
  • It can evolve – some educators initially start their websites as a tool for their students, but the website may eventually involve if other individuals are viewing your website. You could in theory have multiple parts of your website that are each geared towards different ventures.
  • You’re in control – if you are like me you use a bunch of worksheets in the classroom, well with a website you can store all of these worksheets on your server, which wouldn’t be possible with Google Sites or your school district’s allotted website space.
  • One tool educators use if they’re not that familiar with website design in Weebly. There are free aspects to Weebly and paid aspects too. Weebly is a lot like Wixx, another website design service for those with limited design backgrounds. It allows you to modify a template, looks okay, but is pretty basic.

    The Easiest Way to Create a Website.

    If you’re going the paid route there are some websites you should be familiar with in 1&1 and GoDaddy.

    Both of these allow you to purchase a domain, hosting and all the bells and whistles you need to run a website. I personally prefer GoDaddy, but have heard good things about 1&1. NOTE: I only purchase domains through GoDaddy and use a different hosting company.

    $8.99 .COM Domains from GoDaddy!

    Another option you can use is but haven’t used any of their products to advise one way or the other. Windows Hosting

    I then utilize Host Gator for my hosting, as it allows me to create forums, blogs, etc. with ease.

    Once my website is up and running I head over to Vista Print and get some cool advertising gear for the new website. You can too!

    NOTE: Use the tools you are most comfortable with after doing your research.

    About Matthew Marino

    Matt Marino is a NJ certified business and computer teacher. Marino has ran the web design and media company Franchise Inc. Media and Bambino Enterprises Web Design since October 2003. Matt founded the non-profit Foundation for Academic Advancements in Educational Technology in October 2014. Matt also serves as a Freelance Contributor for Seeking Alpha, and Nasdaq. Since January 2016 Mr. Marino has served as an adjunct professor at Monmouth University.

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