Through AllThingsOnDemand.com – over the past few days I worked on updating – or restating – a website for MidSouthKravMaga, a martial arts studio that I like.
The new site went live earlier today, and I just wrote up a little about what we did.
The first website I am working on since WordPress 2.7 came out is a pet sitter in my local area. We meet the good people at Critter Care when we had a trip and really could not bring our baby along:
So one day when Critter Care Kim and I were talking she asked what I really do. At that moment I was working on some websites for some businesses and her reply was basically “oh, I want to get one.”
Over the next little while, we meet a few times to explain our approach, where most people think of websites as either the visuals or the program that makes it all run, the content is the most important part. Yes, the visuals/them/etc must be above a specific bar, or it detracts from the content, but you don’t go to a website for the visuals. At the same time, the program just has to work, at least to the end user. The people who manage and maintain the content or website are the people who care about the ease of use of the program.
Next we looked at what type of data or content they would be producing & what the customers and potential customers would be looking for. After that, figuring out what content would be produced, it was a question of “how do we best present this data?” and “what all should be on the main page?”
With that information and mindset we went looking for a great base theme to use. AllThingsOnDemand has loved the work of Brian Gardner & Revolution2 and we settled on the Revolution2 Office theme as the base, they have a demo.
From that, a mock-up was made; kinda like a blueprint. Then, the next phase of work begins that has been to build the site based on three things:
Now some pictures; left is the mock-up, what we are aiming for, right is where I ended last night. I expect to be done today or tomorrow, or at least relay for the clients comments and data to be entered.
The sad thing is at this point all the work that needs to be done will be mostly unseen, but make the areas more dynamic, thus work. At this point the main page is mostly static.
All website development projects were put on hold recently when it was learned that wordpress v2.7 was close to being released.
Going from v2.6.5 to v2.7 is a big change, and thus every site we manage we knew would need to be updated, so why build a new site in the old version when I knew I could wait just a little while and start with the new hotness.
Now that v2.7 is out, the primary focus is the paying clients who don’t have a website (because we are building it). After that comes the most important company site, then the next, etc, and somewhere in there this personal site (not saying what is the most important).
The biggest change that most people pick up on is the new approach to the administration pages, where you post stuff, manage the site, etc, however there are also some fundamental changes in the comment system and a few other things.
It is interesting to me that the wordpress people still view wordpress as a blog software, where I still view it as a great content management system, and it is even better now.
I am always looking to me more leaders, linchpins, and problem solvers. We need more people to take on a business owner mindset, to seek out pains and problems then find ways to provide value to others.