Redevelopment Status – II
as of: 20 October 2020
This page is a consolidation of and replacement for the earlier Redevelopment Status page. Additions, comments and corrections welcome.
- Content: The content of the site is now complete. The entries in the Forthcoming Events page are all dummies and are there for demonstration purposes only. They will have to be replaced by real items when the site becomes operational.
- Menu Bar: The ‘About Us’ item is redundant and can be removed. The placement of the remaining items should be adjusted so as to fill the width of the bar. In due course the ‘Log out’ item will be incorporated in the ‘MEMBERS’ item at which time the placement of the remaining articles will again be adjusted to fill the bar.
- Background Colours: The basic requirement is for the site to look light and airy. We have decided to have a two-tone solution: grey with a hint of green for the principal content of the page with slightly more green for the surrounding template (masthead, sidebar, etc.). The exact shades to use have still to be decided. Since we have no control over how viewers’ screens are configured, there must be a sufficient difference between the two shades to ensure that the differentiation is always visible.
- Decorative Bands: Some of the more sober-looking pages would be enhanced by the addition of a decorative band. Here is a list of potential candidates: Gardens to Visit; the Recommendation pages (Designers, Nurseries, etc.); Forthcoming Events; Past Activities; Newsletters.
- Facebook: Although we have not yet set up the MGF Facebook page, the link to it has been placed in the footer so that we can see where it will be once the Facebook page is operational. It would be useful if the Facebook page could be launched at the same time as the new site (even if it only contains an image, some basic text and a link to the website).
- Comments: If we are to improve communications with members, we should have this feature where appropriate. Currently, comments are only turned on for the Latest News posts. This has been done to provide the MC with an example of what is possible with comments and how the mechanism works.
- Quality Control: In adding the final items of content to the site, I have found a number of errors in other pages. The most frequently occurring ones have been links which point to the old site and plant names which are not italicised. We need to do a page-by-page, line-by-line check of the entire site before showing it to others.
- Demonstration of the Site: Once the earlier items on this page have been completed, we will be in the position to show the site to the MC. The best way to do this would be to organise a Zoom meeting where the site could be demonstrated in real-time. To help this process, we should circulate a paper in advance setting out what it was that we were trying to do with the redevelopment and how we have achieved it.
- Member App: This will be incorporated within the WordPress system as we will be able to take advantage of some of its features, for example, the sign-on mechanism and data backup and recovery. I have some initial ideas on how to do this but further research is needed. In order to avoid confusing the members, the member app must be in place before the site becomes operational as it is probable that members will have to be assigned new usernames and passwords. Another issue is that WordPress does not like people sharing email addresses, of which we have a number of examples amongst our membership. It would seem that there are workarounds to solve this issue but it would be better if we could convince those members with shared email address to give up the practice.
- Documentation: As far as possible, this should be online (within the dashboard and therefore not visible to the general public).