In this course you will be taken through all of the steps required to theme, customize and brand your FirstClass Web Services module.
Give your FirstClass installation an identity.
Branding is Important
A strong brand begins with a thoughtfully executed and implemented visual identity.
The components of visual identity (logo, colour palette, typefaces and graphic elements) are the basic visual building blocks of a brand. Each element helps identify and differentiate an organization. When applied consistently, a well-executed identity will do more than identify, it will become synonymous with the values, mission and voice of the organization.
Of course, brands are not made overnight. The relationship an organization’s identity creates with the audience is the result of thoughtful and consistent application.
Consistency establishes familiarity – providing the audience with a comfortable reference point for hearing the organization’s message.
Content and Overview
If you are a FirstClass Administrator or Graphics Designer or Web Administrator for your organization then this is a course for you.
In this course you will build a theme for a fictional company and along the way learn the skills required to build a color palette, modify images and customize CSS to change the default FirstClass Theme into one that will better identify the Web Services install with our company.
There are 29 video lectures, each with accompanying resources or links to provide you with everything you need to customize your own site. You will start by learning how to configure a local copy of web services then jump right in by creating a color palette and base theme using jQuery Theme-Roller. You will use GIMP to customize graphics to match your theme and learn how to modify and test CSS colors using Chrome's developer tools.
Students completing this course will be ready to customize and give their own instances of FirstClass Web Services an identity.
I have been a teacher, administrator, technology director and software developer for over 30 years. For the previous 7 years I was a Senior Services Engineer for FirstClass/OpenText where I was responsible for developing and delivering instructional materials for the FirstClass product suite. I also created over 100 tutorial videos that are available on YouTube on the OTFirstClass YouTube channel.
I have a passion for learning and teaching and currently travel around the world teaching others how to develop software for use with the FirstClass platform.