Join Carrie Dils for an in-depth discussion in this video Establishing needs and goals for the site, part of WordPress and Genesis DIY: Community Website.
- Creating a new website is an exciting process, but it can also be daunting. To set yourself up for maximum success, it's critical that you take the time to plan upfront. This planning starts by thinking through your goals and needs and mapping out your site requirements before you actually get down to the business of building your site. In this course, I'm building a site for the Orange Valley Community Arts Association, a fictitious organization created by lynda.com. You might be creating a website for a community center, a social organization, or a church.
Whatever type of group you're building for, the first step is to figure out what goals you want to achieve with the site, and what the needs are. We'll start with the goals. The easiest way to figure out your goals is to ask yourself, "Why do I need this site?" The answers you give to that question will help you form your goals. For our membership site, the first goal is to increase membership. Secondly, we'd like to provide information to our existing and prospective members. It'd be great if we could showcase membership achievement as well as provide the community with communication tools.
Finally, we want a platform where we can organize and promote events. With some basic goals in place, let's take a look at the needs for our site. These are the features that need to be in place in order to help us reach our goals. First, we'd like to have a blog so that we can feature posts. Second, we'd like a community forum where members can post about sales, jobs, and other topics. To help us promote events, we'll need an event calendar. We also need a way to let community members submit events. We'll need a contact form so that members or prospective members can get in touch.
Finally, we'll need a way for members to sign up, request a guest pass, and log into the site. Now that you've seen how I've planned out the goals and needs for this site, go ahead and do the same for yours. Chances are, our list will share some things in common. Mapping out your goals and needs at the start of your project will serve as a road map as we get into content creation and the actual building of our site.
Find more courses in this series in our WordPress DIY playlist.
- Understanding your site goals
- Making a content inventory
- Choosing a theme and plugins
- Configuring the menus and layout
- Extending functionality with plugins
- Adding forums, events, and forms to your website
- Securing your site and managing spam