Technology: 5 Things to Look for in a Website Design Program

If you’ve got the time and the inclination (or a staff person who does), building your own website is no longer a Herculean task—thanks to the many intuitive, easy-to-use website builders you’ll find online. But it helps to know which features to look for before you commit to the monthly fee.

Eye-catching templates An attractive, customizable template (Squarespace’s are tops) gives you a great base to build on.

Easy customization The drag-and-drop method used by Weebly and Wix makes adding page elements—text boxes, images, maps, media—simple.

Built-in statistics With Squarespace and Weebly, you can gather valuable information on how visitors respond to your site: page views, search terms used to find your website and what pages are visited most.

Photo editing and storage Streamline your photo-editing process by using a website builder, like Wix or Squarespace, that includes the full range of editing tools. Wix even offers online folder storage, so you don’t have to re-upload images to reuse them.

Mobile-responsive design Most website builders automatically generate a version of your site that’s easy to view and navigate on a mobile device, but some—like Weebly—even let you customize your mobile version. —Rachel Rizzuto

Squarespace $5–$70/month Weebly free–$25/month Wix free–$24.92/month

Teacher Voices
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In 2001, young Chanel, a determined, ambitious, fiery, headstrong teenager, was about to begin her sophomore year at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, also known as the highly acclaimed "Fame" school. I was a great student, a promising young dancer and well-liked by my teachers and my peers. On paper, everything seemed in order. In reality, this picture-perfect image was fractured. There was a crack that I've attempted to hide, cover up and bury for nearly 20 years.

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Technique
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Charla Genn, a New York City–based coach and dance rehabilitation specialist who teaches company class for Dance Theatre of Harlem, American Ballet Theatre and Ballet Hispánico, says that this causes its own problems.

"Often when we tell dancers to go down, they physically push down, or think they have to plié more," she says. These are misconceptions that keep dancers from, among other things, jumping to their full potential.

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