Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video A preview of the final site, part of WordPress DIY: Community Website.
- Before we dive in headfirst I thought I'd give you a quick preview of what we'll be working towards. In this course I'll be building an example website for a community called the Orange Valley Community Arts Association or OVCAA. This community group wants to provide an online meeting place for it's members and extend it's services and reach by leveraging the interactivity a website can offer. The OVCAA is a typical community with a specific target audience and potential for a lot of online interaction, and they want the website to help bring in new members, support the community through events and promotions, and provide a meeting place for members to interact online.
To achieve all of this we are going to build a site tailor made for a community. Because both existing and prospective members are likely to come to the front page often we are going to use a theme that allows detailed control over what is displayed on the front page and in the sidebars. To this end we'll ensure that there's a simple way for the site administrators to manage featured content like you can see up here to drive visitors toward specific content or areas on the site. A community stands and falls on it's membership so the website will play a crucial role in bringing in new members and keeping existing members coming back.
We can do this by providing relevant and constantly updating information about members, events, and opportunities on the site while restricting access to some of these features to full members. To get new members to sign up the site will also provide a two week guest pass so they can see what they'll get once they join. The website will have a forum to facilitate interaction between community members whether that be to find jobs and opportunities, buy, sell, or trade items, or just have a conversation online and it will also have an events calendar where the community and it's members can learn about and even list relevant events.
This example project was created to showcase some common features you would expect to see on a community website. And as we move forward in the course I want you to use your own content and customize what you learn to fit with your own community whatever that community is. Once you're done, you can use this website as your starting point and expand the project in the future. If you want to familiarize yourself with the final site I'm building before continuing, you can visit it at community.wpdiy.net/wp and when you're ready let's start at the beginning and build a great community DIY WordPress 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
- Importing WordPress users as community members
- Securing your site and managing spam