Join Carrie Dils for an in-depth discussion in this video Making sure your site hits the mark, part of WordPress and Genesis DIY: Restaurant Website.
- Earlier in this course, I set out the specific goals, needs, and requirements for our restaurant site. Now with the site pretty much done, this is a great time to go back to those initial needs and requirements and make sure that the site we've built is a match for what we originally wanted. Keep in mind that sometimes, during the course of development, things can shift a bit. You might think of something you want that didn't cross your mind earlier, or you may have set a requirement that's no longer a priority. Overall, your site should match with the majority of your goals, but know that if things have changed a bit, that's totally okay. That's the process of web development.
Let's walk through a review of our site together. The goals we originally identified for the site were to attract new customers, showcase our menu, highlight the location and directions to the restaurant, show customer reviews, and invite customers to make a reservation. To accomplish those goals, we determined the following needs: The display and menu items with photos and descriptions, provide a dynamic map, display customer reviews, make the phone number super obvious, and have a contact form.
And our final requirements for a theme were to have a clean, welcoming design, a customizable homepage, and a responsive design and content. Let's take a look at our site and see how we've done. Right up top we've got our phone number. We've also got a link to driving directions. So far, so good. We have a nice responsive menu that highlights photos of each menu item, along with a description and a price. We've got a form for customers to make online reservations, and we've also highlighted our location with another map along with a photo of what the restaurant looks like from the street. But now that I look at this, I'm noticing something missing. I haven't said what my restaurant hours are anywhere on the site.
Let's go ahead and change that quickly. Great. Now customers can know exactly when we're open. These site reviews are really a great way just to double-check that you've got everything in that you wanted in. Finally, we've also got a contact form where customers can get in touch via e-mail, phone, or an online form. So, it looks like the site I've built here is a match for what I set out to do.
If you need to go back and make some tweeks for your site, now's the time to do it.
Find more courses in this series in our WordPress DIY playlist.
- Making a basic content inventory
- Finding a suitable theme
- Setting up widgets and navigation
- Creating a menu with the Food and Drink Menu plugin
- Adding a responsive slider
- Using Jetpack for reservations
- Testing the site