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Development of a Content Management System (CMS) Website
HD Website Team • Emily Fargione – Project manager, writer/editor, developer • Ryan Bradwell – Designer, writer, developer • Ermias Zemichael – Hardware expert, writer, developer • Richard Falkowski – Writer and developer
Healthy Dragons (HD) is a program of the Philadelphia Flying Phoenix, a local women’s dragonboat team. HD teaches Philadelphia middle school students about healthy lifestyles through the sport of dragonboating.
Healthy Dragons Facts • Started in 2007 • Works with 3 middle schools in Philadelphia • Has over 70 students with over a 100 parents/caregivers in the program each spring
HD’s Current System • • Paper and pencil Excel spreadsheets Email communication No web presence
HD Website Team’s Task • Develop a system that: – Is professional and affordable – Easy to update – Provides quick access to information (documents, newsletter, calendar) – Is sociable (Dragon Diaries, Photo gallery, Facebook) – Supports donations
Development Process • Discussed needs and desired outcomes with client • Researched ideas and resources • Proposed plan to meet client’s needs Feedback Develop
The Basics: Finding the Host • The objective was to find the most cost effective hosting service available. • The best choice - Dream. Host 1. Free Non-profit hosting!!! 2. Unlimited Disk Storage 3. Free Domain registration
Basics: Content Management System Drupal Word. Press Joomla! Not client friendly Client friendly Free CMS & free extensions Appropriate for larger complex websites Appropriate for Blogbased websites Appropriate for modest websites Steep learning curve Moderate learning curve
Basics: Templates • The HD website team sent client several examples of free Joomla! templates • The client selected a template • The template was then modified….
Highlights of HD Website • Dragon Diaries Blog • Calendar • Newsletter
Healthy Dragons Website Demo
Challenges • Managing Membership Joomla!’s Limitations • Multiple extensions • Non-integrated model • Solution – Team. Snap VS. Client’s Objective • Client’s desired functionality and integration • Client’s skill set
Summary • Healthy Dragons has its first website – Professional and free – Easy to update – Increases access to information – Sociable – Encourages and supports donations – Provides a strong, sound software foundation for the site to grow with the program