Static block: First draft done, periodic updates as we go. Probably need an articles tab... I’ll put the City Paper article under Media for now.
Groups do not need all of those things - I generally turn off the comments in the ones I moderate, but the text boxes are very useful for descriptions. I don’t think we can turn off the ability to have group comments.
Media tab created, and I’ll stuff some articles into it.
People page created under About Us - it could use some details for the local initiatives, and I’m currently wary about putting emails online, so I’ve just linked to our profiles.
There’s now a resources page - we can add more pages under it and turn it into a tab as we get more of them. For now I’ve just added an Organizations page.
I wouldn’t worry about the front page feed having join activity in it anymore - with the static block at the top and as the community grows so that the ratio of created content to new people shifts, it won’t be a problem. We might want to move the email signup bit to a sidebar though?
Are you properly terrified of having given me admin privileges yet?
Jesus you're fast. Anyways, your logic stands @ join activity + email signup; email signup moved.
Quaking in my boots about you being admin.
Any opinion on whether email events + signup should be at the top versus photos + signup? Want to prioritize: want to put the most important things as the things most browsers will see first. Question is, which is it? Signup is a must to me due to its potential for greater involvement (through continual contact). Events? Pretty damn important. Shows people there's substance here as well as opportunities for greater involvement. Photos: they entice greatly, show people there's substance here + a picture's worth a thousand words and all. Going with Events + Signup at top for now.
I think how it is now is correct - events on the left, email signup on the right, with photos below. When I look at communities (and I look at a lot of them), I always see how recent their events are - are there upcoming ones, etc. - and I only check photos and other archival material much later. Photos are important, but in terms of being worth 1000 words, to me they’re worth a lot more used carefully as headlines, rather than in a block showing that we have added some.
I’ve built a bunch of websites, and particularly when I have a list of things to do and a high-level interface (Ning, because it does less stuff than some other platforms, has a pretty easy control panel), can work very fast. Practice makes perfect.
In terms of the logo: I notice that you’ve changed it, and I think it’s an improvement, but I’d suggest one further shift: Put the tagline (‘Community resilience in the Steel City’) starting underneath the t, pull the map down and enlarge it just a tad - you’ll end up with a long rectangular logo where the tagline makes the rest of the box. Currently things look off-center. I really do like the overall feel of the logo.