Over the last few months, we’ve been focussing on improving the way we manage our projects using Trello to communicate and organise our tasks. Here’s how we have been doing it.
So, you're planning a new website. Do you want to set your website project up for success? Do you want to avoid any costly surprises along the way?
Of course, you do.
A thorough, focused web specification document will keep your web project running smoothly and, most importantly, will give you the best to chance of delivering a project that meets the goals of your visitors and your business.
In this guide, I’ll outline the key parts of an effective website specification and why they’re important.
What is a website specification?
A website specification is a document that articulates the project’s goals, objectives and tactics. It should outline constraints, such as budget, deadlines, or technical restraints. It can also include project details such as the team involved, for example, stakeholders or points of contact.
Website specification content
This section should give a basic overview of the project and the organisation behind it. An overview could include:
About your organisation – A brief company background and history.
What problem are you trying to solve? – Why is the project needed?
High-level project scope – Is it a redesign of a
A nice summary post about the issues working with page builder plugins in WordPress.
We’ve been vocal recently in our dislike for what has become an omnipresent force in WordPress – page builders. Love ’em or hate ’em – they’re here to stay. So what are the potential pitfalls? First, let’s look at what we mean by a WordPress ‘page builder’. These are plugins (sometimes built into themes) that allow a WordPress website owner to build pages with pre-built layout and content module options. We’re talking here about plugins like Visual Composer, Beaver Builder, and Divi Builder.
The plugins are extremely powerful. They allow users full control over the layout of a page and can offer a bewildering array of options and settings.
It isn’t hard to see why these have become so popular. Chris Lema wrote a whole post on it. If you’re a website owner you can now add the content you want, where you want it. Effectively, you become a web designer and cut out the need for expensive developers.
And that’s where some of the problems lie.
You’re a designer now, ready or not
Some of these page builders give you free reign over page design, including columns, margins, padding, colours, etc. If your theme
The folks at Highrise Digital started running a WordPress developer mentorship programme in 2017 and now in their second round. A good read about why they started it, how it works and their hopes for the future.
Both myself and Keith have been involved and working with WordPress for over a decade now. You could say that WordPress has changed both our lives for the better. I was able to change careers and move to a job using WordPress full time. With all this in mind, we wanted to do something that would give a little back to the WordPress community in the UK that has helped us so much over the years. In 2017 we set up our WordPress Developer Mentorship programme and we are now on our second intake of mentees. In this article, we’ll look at why we set up the programme, our aims for the programme, how we have recruited mentees to take part, and what the benefits have been, for both the mentees and ourselves.
Both Keith and I have been a part of the UK WordPress community over the course of the last 8 years or so. Keith was the founder of the very popular WordPress London meet-up, which takes place in the capitol every last Thursday of the month. This is grown to over 2000 members with meet-ups regularly getting over 75 attendees.
I have also been involved with WordPress events, being a co-organiser of WordCamp Lancaster back in 2013, a volunteer and both WordCamp Bristol and WordCamp