Site Navigation – My Services

What services will I be offering through my website?

  • Consulting
    • Media/Marketing
    • SharePoint
  • Tutoring
    • Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Calculus I, II, III
    • Algebra
    • Linear Algebra
    • Differential Equations
  • Health & Safety Certifications
    • Lifeguarding
    • Waterfront Lifeguarding
    • First Aid & CPR/AED
  • General Freelance Work

 

I think this is a good start to what services I will begin offering through my website. I will use what experience I have with providing these services in the description of each along with some general portfolio examples of what can be done.

Site Navigation – About Me

What should be included in my “About Me” page?

I’d like to have a short blurb about every year of my life thus far – the important moments, where I’ve lived, what I did and such.

I’d like to have short blurbs about all my accomplishments and projects I’ve worked on.

I’d like to quantitatively record how much experience I have in different areas of work and academic experience.

I’d like to briefly discuss my current ambitions and career path ideas.

I’d like to discuss my long term dream for life and work.

I believe that if I follow this general model for what to touch on in the about me page it will follow nicely. I can also include links to new pages where I can discuss in deeper detail the subsections of the “About Me” site.

Top Level Navigation Design For My WordPress Site

I think that when most people visit a website they form an opinion as to whether or not they will continue to stay on the site within the first several seconds of visitation. My navigation elements for the site will need to be well thought out so that when people do visit they are easily guided deeper into the site. At the top level navigation, I’ve thought of the key areas I want people to come to my site for.

  1. About Me -biography, resume, aspirations, work experience,
  2. My Blog – discussions about various topics from web development to philosophy
  3. My Services – this will include tutoring, consulting, & any certification services
  4. Shop – various products I will sell to people that I have created or am re-selling
  5. Contact – social media, email, phone.

I plan on having this as a top menu bar, in addition to incorporating links to these areas with visual hyperlinks as my visitors to the site scroll down the home page. This setup will be my universal setup for how I will build and store information on my website. Difficulties may arise as I begin to format the My Services page because it will likely need to be connected to the Shop page. Having the ability to connect a shopping cart to services I can provide on that page will entice and encourage people to take up what services I can provide.

Next step I will need to take is formatting each navigation item with the appropriate sub-pages. This will be done step-by-step using an Agile project management based method.

I’m going to create some sticky notes and itemize what needs to be done in order to build my site. Unless I find a good way to do this digitally I may wind up just using post-it notes and uploading pictures for supporting documentation.

For additional insight, I found this video helpful for understanding how CSS code can help make navigation menus pop. Lightbulbs are going off. I may wind up learning how to use CSS code to format.

More coming soon.

 

What should I include on my WordPress site?

I came up with a few descriptive adjectives in my last post to define the themes of what I hope to create with my WordPress site. To review, the words I chose were:

  • Appealing
  • Impressive
  • Available

In order to ensure my WordPress site will emit these three qualities to potential visitors I need to begin by strategizing what and how things should be included. When people go out to a club and see someone that causes them to take a second glance – that someone was appealing to the person. The same should be done for my website. It should be well-prepared, from top to bottom, such that the hierarchal organization flows seamlessly from one category to the next. It shouldn’t take long to get to viewing all the good features either. ¬†What I put out on the landing page of my site should get people to take a second glance. It should be bold, unique, and shout a unique quality about myself. My site will also need to expose my eccentricities to visitors. Unique pictures and videos of things I have done will need to be featured in order to draw people in.

 

Keeping them on the site is just as important as making sure the site is at first appealing. From the landing page of my site, there needs to be ample ways for viewers to feel easily connected to other unique aspects of the site. I’m expecting to have:

  • a well-developed blog discussing a wide variety of topics from web development to psychology
    • I want to showcase my enthusiasm and curiosity to learn more than what is expected of me.
  • a store with various products or services I can provide to others including:
    • class scheduling for certifications
    • one-to-one tutoring sessions
    • consulting opportunities and for what
  • a single scrolling summative autobiography of all neat things of done in life connected to individual pages where I talk in depth about those experiences
    • there are aspects to this that may be more customizable by using CSS code and I will need to look more into this.
  • a library of pics, literature, and videos of projects I’ve worked on
  • a comprehensive analysis of url titles and descriptions for search engine optimization
  • links to other websites that I follow or help me develop
  • icon links to my social media accounts
    • it is also possible for me to sync my social media accounts with new blog posts that I have been working on. an automated system could be set up so that my website is the sole placeholder for all activity on my social media accounts.
  • VISUALs
    • cannot emphasize visuals enough – people love visual explanations – the right pictures can oftentimes do more than what words can.

 

If viewers are that impressed by what I have developed on my site, then they will want a way to reach out to me. This is my chance to be even more impressive. I can automate a response to the people who contact me via the website and send it to there specific email if I categorize the forms that they will be using. Making myself accessible via Skype, Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Flickr, Gather, and many others will ensure visitors have at least one way of getting a hold of me.

 

I think for now the biggest challenge will be to develop functions to make me and my site “Impressive.” Making WordPress sites that are appealing and available tends to be an out-of-the-box feature of this content management system. There is, however, a huge responsibility given to the owner to creatively design, organize, and format the resources and data of the site.

In my next blog post I will focus on the specific features or information to be displayed on my site. I will also try to create a organizational map and include it into the post. Mapping out the organization of a WordPress site is a crucial first step for ensuring it’s success later on.

 

Getting Started With My WordPress Site

I’m somewhat familiar with what WordPress can do, but have a long way to go. One of the first steps I need to take before I get to publishing and sharing my website with others will be to visualize what I would like my website to be able to do. Visualization of what I want will be the ultimate key for configuring how my site should be designed, organized, and published. I’ll begin with a few adjectives. I envision people visiting my site for the first time and saying:

  1. Wow! This site is visually appealing! (Appealing)
  2. Looks like he can do just about anything he sets his mind to. (Impressive)
  3. He needs to work with me. (Available)

All in all, with my site I’m hoping to appeal to my audience, impress them with what I can offer, and make my services/experience available to them. These are the leading words that I will be using to sculpt the rest of my site. I encourage this strategy for anyone seeking to do any type of creative development that will be public to others.

When I go to an art museum, I look at a piece of work and am usually able to describe how that piece makes me feel with a few adjectives. This same principle applies to web development. It is an art as my as it is a logical development.

In the next blog post I hope to expand on these adjectives by thinking about a large list of functions my site could have to meet these visual adjectives.