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Creating a Spark Page

Why Adobe Spark Page?

Adobe Spark, and in this case, Adobe Spark Page, makes creating a professional website quick and easy. As an educational tool it has the added benefit of a "present" mode. So you can create a great looking presentation that also serves as a take away tool for your audience to refer back to later.

  • Quickly add beautiful stock photos without searching externally
  • Not worry about layout, colour schemes and designs, it's all done for you
  • Quickly pick a simple theme

The Basics

Before you begin to build your page you'll want to create your content! Create a Word document with all your content sectioned off, cited and proofread. This will make creating your page much faster.

Remember, people don't read a lot on the internet, so brevity is key. You'll want to make your points short and succinct.

To get started log in to Adobe Spark and select to create a new Presentation or Web Page, there are no template options for these.

To start adding elements just click the little + icons that will appear on your page.

Finishing it Up

Themes can be selected either early in the process, or near the end. I recommend near the end so you can see the full effect.

Publishing

  1. Select Share along the top.
  2. Select Publish & Share Link.
  3. Click Publish again.

Once you've published it once, if you make any updates repeat the steps above but instead you will see an option to Update Link. Click that. No changes you make will be shown on the live version until you click to update it.

Attributions and Citations

When adding images found directly in Spark, attributions are automatically added in a little i icon at the bottom of the image when editing, and then the footer of the page when it's published. To edit these photo credits, you must click "Share" along the top, then "Publish and Share Link" and there you will have an option to adjust your photo credits as needed. Keep in mind the only details you will have on these images are the details provided, so completing a full APA citation will be difficult.

You can use this credits section to add in any additional citations, but they will not be formatted correctly as you cannot indent or add italics. A section at the end titled References or Work Cited at the end may be best, and then you can format your citations, or a link to an external word document which lists all your citations in proper format.

Limitations of Spark Page

  • Can only embed YouTube, Spark Videos and Vimeo, no other content
  • Videos must be from YouTube, Spark or Vimeo
  • Limited customization to layout and moving elements around.
  • Limited customization of colours and fonts. TIP: If you want to create your own theme to use, go back to the Spark home page and create a brand using the colours, fonts and elements you want your site to have.
  • It only creates a single long scrolling page, there are no menus and subpages.
  • No ability to easily move content once it's added, it needs to be removed and then readded where you want it.

Bonus Content

Creating a Menu

While you can only make a single long page, you can add some level of navigation to your page, especially if it's something long with sections, like a resume or a presentation.

  1. Create your page with all the content.
  2. Share and publish your page.
  3. Open your new almost completed page.
  4. Hover over the sections you want to link to, a link icon will appear.
  5. Copy that link to the specific section.
  6. Return to editing your file and layout your menu as you like using either regular text, or a list such as this one. See the menu above for an example.
  7. Add your sections name and then link that section.

Credits:

Created with images by LUM3N - "workplace office desk" • SKECCIO - "crayon pastel colorful"