We have engaged Monarch Digital to develop a new web site for NARGS. One area where member input is valued is around the "theming" of the site, which is the design or the look and feel. This would include page layouts for the various areas of the site, including the home page. It would also include colors, use of graphics, line styles, icons, menus, common header and footer, etc.
I invite you to contribute to the discussion of theming the new site. Maybe you would like to draw our attention to a nicely "themed" web site that you have visited.
Example themes to learn from:
Some things to consider:
1. All of these themes shuffle blocks around, and in some cases reformat them, to accommodate screen sizes all the way down to mobile phones. Re-size your browser window (or click on “Tablet - landscape” in the top right corner) to see.
2. An image slide-show is featured on the home page. Related text can accompany each image.
3. By including a feature image in each posting of content, the image can accompany the 'teaser' that appears on the home page listing or in a sidebar block listing.
4. Posted content can be illustrated with images.
5. Videos can be embedded anywhere on the site.
6. A content block can contain vertical or horizontal tabs, each tab containing different content. This saves space and eliminates the need to re-load the page.
7. Home page can have a different layout than the rest of the site.
8. Different sections of the site can be laid out differently. Forum, Plant of the Month, Encyclopaedia, Articles, RGC.
9. The color scheme need not be complex or vibrant to be attractive.
10. All content should be reachable with just 1 or 2 clicks.
What are your thoughts?