Join Carrie Dils for an in-depth discussion in this video Making sure your site hit the mark, part of WordPress and Genesis DIY: Community Website.
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- Now that the site's pretty much done, this is the time to go back to those initial needs and requirements and make sure that the site we built was a match for what we originally wanted. Keep in mind, that sometimes in the course of development, things can shift a bit. You may think of something you want, that didn't cross your mind earlier, or you may have set a requirement that no longer needs to be a priority. Overall, your site should match with the majority of your goals. But know that if things have changed a bit, that's ok. Let's walk through this review together. Our initial goals were to: increase membership, provide information to existing and prospective members, showcase membership achievements, and provide the community with communication tools, and also, to organize and promote events.
In order to achieve these goals, we determined that our needs would be: to have a blog and featured posts, a community forum for sales, jobs, and other topics, an events calendar with community submissions, a contact form and a membership signup, guest passes, and a login. Let's check out our site and see how we did. For starters, right up front, we have information for new members and a way for them to register. We've also provided a way for existing members to login.
We've created forums where logged in members with the right permissions, can post and view topics. We've created a blog where we can highlight members of the community, as well as share other resources. We've also added an events calendar to keep members informed about upcoming events. Finally, we have a contact form where someone can get in touch and even request a guest pass. All in all, it looks like the site we've built here is a match for what I set out to do. If you need to go back and make some tweaks to your site, now's the time to do it!
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