Saturday, 20 October 2012

Features Post #2 - Website Progress

Work on the WINOL website is coming along nicely. After a number of meetings and discussions, the web team have decided to stick with Joomla for the time being. Whilst work continues on the Wordpress web template, which will be published very soon, Joomla serves as a temporary alternative.

The picture below is a concept of what the Wordpress template will look like. It's not a final draft, of course, and there's lots left to do. What the picture does instead is show how our existing web header will combine with our news content.


Using our Wordpress theme we will be able to show off our features using a slideshow feature. It's pleasing to the eye and gives the website a more interactive feel. It's worth noting that the slideshow gadget on the home page will differ from the gadget we will use to show the online magazine.

Below is another concept image showing the size and location of the slideshow feature.


After looking at a number of other student-led websites with Jason, I put forward the idea of having more stories displayed per line. Having more content on each row shows viewers that the website is consistently updated with content, which is is. 

The picture below shows how, by default, the Wordpress template structured stories. In Red is the placement of the story picture and in blue is the placement of the story text.

 
The picture below shows how our Wordpress template has been altered to structure stories. In Red is the placement of the story picture and in blue is the placement of the story text.


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