Join Carrie Dils for an in-depth discussion in this video Identifying requirements for this type of site, part of WordPress and Genesis DIY: Freelance/Independent Website.
- At this point in the course, you should've identified the goals for your website and the basic needs to help you fulfill those goals. With those in hand, let's start thinking about the requirements for our site. Requirements are those things that must happen in order for us to achieve the goals we laid out. They'll act as a guideline for our content creation and help us when looking for themes and plugins. Really, the objective here is to help us determine how to put our site together. For Audrey's site, here are the requirements I've chosen to help define the direction for the site.
This is a personal site, so I want Audrey's personality to come through, but I also want to keep in mind that the primary goal is to get customers, so I want this site to look professional and clean. Along those lines, I want clear concise navigation, or menu links, to help potential customers find the content they're interested in. While "Dear Diary" might be a cute name for a link to the blog, it's not very intuitive. The last thing I want to do is make site visitors wonder what they're clicking on. Since one of Audrey's goals is to share knowledge, I'd like to use a nice formatted recipe card that's easy for people to read, print, and share.
That's not something that comes out-of-the-box with Wordpress, so I'll need to look for a plugin or plugins that do this for me. Lastly, I want Audrey's content to look great whether it's viewed on a phone or on a desktop. That means, I need to make mobile responsiveness a priority when looking at themes, as well as display portfolio images in a way that looks great on any device.
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 theme settings
- Finding and installing plugins
- Adding custom styles
- Securing your site and managing spam