Before setting up a website you have to pose yourself a few questions:
What is the purpose of the site?
Who is your potential target audience?
What will the content be?
How will it look?
Do you learn how to build it yourself or pay someone to do it instead?
How much will it cost to run?
I've been wanting to get a website for ages now, to upload all my resources and share them with other MFL teachers. Blogging has been good for exchanging ideas and storing links in the same place, but a website would offer even more possibilities.
In February, I sketched out the idea to send an email to the Linguanet forum looking for a web illustrator to commission to create some of the necessary artwork for the intended project. I was impressed by the reponse and pencilled in a few names. In the end, I drew on local talent Al Rowe who just shaded it with his humorous illustrations drawing comparisons to traditional cartoonery à la The Beano.
His website Potting Shed Cartoons illustrates his whimsical artistry beautifully.
I wouldn't hold your breath for the website itself though. I still need to decide on a suitable web designer!