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decorativeThis toolkit contains lots of tips and resources to help make an effective and beautiful website. Students can share their research, stories, projects, a portfolio of their work or an online magazine with the world. 






Assessment Tools

Website Assessment Rubric from U. of Wisconsin - 6 criteria rated on 4 levels from not yet proficient to exemplary.

Website Rubric from Gallileo Educational Network - very comprehensive, includes 11 criteria described at 4 levels.

ePortfolio Rubric from U. of Wisconsin

Team Projects

Website  Inspiration

Webby Awards - browse by category

Content heavy examples  
New York Times Online Magazine  

Portfolio examples
50 of the Best eportfolios from the College Info Geek


Student Planning Worksheet


Principles of good web design

What makes a website visually appealing?

If you want more depth, the CSUSM library also has digital books on web design, including Practical Web Design for Absolute Beginners. Log in for online access.

Design Assets

Fair Use of Copyrighted Images

FREE IMAGES & ICONS  - over 220 million  stock photos 
Pixabay - pictures, and graphics, with a CCO  “No Rights Required” license 
Pikwizard - More photos  with a “CC0” license
Freepik - lots of icons


Chart Chooser: Find a chart, download as Excel and insert your  data.


About Font Selection  Coolors - Generate color schemes or choose from their selection.

100 brilliant color combinations  

Free Website Creation Tools

Both Wix and Weebly  include templates, themes and hundreds of design elements as well as the ability to upload your own images. Website Builder Expert has a helpful chart comparing the pros and cons of multiple tools, including these two.

Wix tutorial for beginners: video  
Wix help center 
Explore Wix websites 
Explore Wix templates

Beginners guide to Weebly: video 
Weebly help center   
Explore Weebly themes (templates)