I have turned comments on without moderation during the review. If you have some general ideas and want a public discussion on them please leave them as a comment to this post.
As many of you know the WPMC website is currently undergoing a redesign. The rough plan is a 4 step process:
- Specification of goals, evaluation of technology, etc
- Website design, major navigation design, implementation
- Fix all the small issues, rename pages, fix typos, final reorder navigation etc, testing and documentation
- Go live!
We have come to a agreement on step one and chosen the WordPress system to manage the site. We are now half way through step 2 and much of the information from the original site has been moved over to the WordPress version but there are still some features that are missing.
We will be running both versions of the website while we receive feedback on the ease of use, preference and design.
The current website that we have been using for several years and isno longer available.
The WordPress version is: www.wpamushroomclub.org/ you might want to bookmark this site for easy reference.
The layout and design that you see on the WordPress site is not the final design. We plan to beautify it, improve the layout and add more images but it is a good working example.
We currently need your help in reviewing what is there, defining new features and making suggestions.
We need to decide on what new features that we want the website to have.
Do we wish to keep all the old features?
Event listing (Calendar, Meetings, Walks, Forays, classes and directions to locations)
Species list generator
First page of the Newsletter
Mushroom stuff page
Links to news articles
About the club (joining, by laws, NAMA, other chapters)
Links to other mushroom sites
Some potential new features include:
DNA Barcoding sample sheet
Social media sharing links
RSS – for use with Google reader replacement
Mobile device support – iPhone/Pad/Android/Win8 phone/Blackberry
Windows 8 tile support
Your idea here
We also need to know if you would like to change the order of the menus, wish to add or remove menu options or move a page to a different menu. Should the menus be at the top of the page or one of the sides?
Do you like the side bar ?
Should we keep the current colors, use the same colors as the newsletter or use a different color scheme?
You can also report any typos, spelling mistakes and old links etc that you find but that is not too important at this stage.
Even a “Like it” or “Don’t like it” can be helpful but we would prefer a little more feedback – “I don’t like x because y”.
Your time spent reviewing the website will be gratefully appreciated and we will consider all your suggestions and will try to go with the consensus where possible.