After midterm, you must develop a project plan for the remainder of the term. The project plan should be presented to me as a printed, written document. It requires my approval. It must be adequate to keep you learning, productive, and busy inside and outside of class for the remaining 7 weeks of the semester. I wish to be fully engaged with each of your projects by helping you learn, suggesting strategies, troubleshooting, and guiding your work where I am able.

Project Type I

Build a custom WordPress site for a specific client.

With this project you need to find a person that needs a website that you can build. Your client would be required to meet with you a few times to provide feedback as you develop your design decisions, create or manage user content, and make plans for final transfer to hosting if the client wants to use the site. The client would also need, in most cases, to provide content and images although you would also be responsible for creating some of the content where appropriate (e.g. menu titles, page titles, about copy, navigation, etc.)

A project like this typically begins with a collection of websites that represent the look and feel of the proposed site and the general aesthetic that you and the client are striving for. If this is an "author's site" you'd find three to five author's sites that represent the kind of design, aesthetic, and functionality that you are wanting. You'd consult with your client on this matter and your client may help you find these benchmark sites.

You will need to do research into unique functions needed and research possible plugins to accommodate. For example, if an image gallery or sound gallery is needed, you'll need to think about that before over-committing on your deliverable. A gallery shouldn't be a problem, but imagine if a user wanted a reservation booking system or an e-commerce solution. You'd need to do a bit of research on that.

I will generally require that your WP site be built with OceanWP theme and Elementor page builder. Since this strategy involves starting with an empty page canvas, nearly any design can be created.

The work on this site needs to emerge from within folders in your SiteGround hosting area as we've been doing in class. If your client wishes to use your site, he or she must purchase basic web hosting at SiteGround , and I can show you how to use the All-In-One Migration plugin that will allow you to fairly easily transfer your site from one SiteGround account to another.

Possible projects:

  • author website
  • faculty website
  • organization website
  • nonprofit website
  • small business website

The only requirement for this project is that you complete the work in your SiteGround hosting. If your client wishes to use the site, you can work out an agreement to sell or give away the website if the client is willing to purchase his or her own hosting service at SiteGround. SG charges $47 / year (for first year) for the hosting and $16 / year for domain name registration.

Project Type II

Build a portfolio of spec sites for a specific purpose and audience.

With this project you will build a set of sites—say four to six depending on their complexity—that you can use to pitch to potential clients. You will need to select your niche client/purpose, perhaps faculty portfolio sites, author writing sites, student resume sites, small business sites, non-profit sites, student organization sites. You need to build a parent site that introduces yourself and your product, and then you need to build out this catalog of spec sites that you can use to pitch to potential clients.

This project will begin with written proposal to me that outlines your concept and plans. You need to have evidence enough to convince me of the "market" for such sites and show me a few examples of the kinds of sites you would build. Your examples might illustrate the woeful need as well as positive examples of what can and should be done for this niche market.

This Type II project is similar to the one described above with the difference being that you do not have a specific client to work with. Instead, you are a writer and designer in search of clients, and with this project you are preparing the materials needed to make the pitch. Like the Type I project above, you will need to learn to migrate your site to a client's hosing service. So you too will work with the All-in-One Migration plugin so that you can build in your own workspace but then transfer to the client's workspace where they take it over.

Getting Started

Write up a short report that describes your project and the steps you need to take to begin.

Steps should include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Contact any client involved and make sure there is clarity regarding the scope of the project. How much content will the client provide? Who has the images? Will stock images be used? How many meetings will you plan in advance? When will you show your client your first draft?
  • What is the rhetorical purpose of this website or project?
  • What web sites will be used as design anchors to inspire your design. (please use OceanWP and Elementor)
  • If you have a client or set of clients, when is your first meeting scheduled?
  • Who will determine the color palette for this project?
  • How much of all this can be accomplished or determined by the end of the class period on Thursday?
  • What plans or goals do you have for spring break week regarding this project?
  • Are you able yet to think of any special WP plugins that you may need or begin to research?

I'll ask you to begin this document on Tuesday, February 26, and work towards completing the preliminary (general) aspects of this document before class on Thursday the 28th.