Journal website - update and next steps/post ideas!
I've done some research on the cost and options for developing our new journal website. Here are my brief updates:
-We need to decide what subpages the site will have. This will determine the cost more than anything else.
-So, just to get a feel for pricing, I told two potential developers that it would be four pages: the homepage, which will be like a blog or journal page; a press/media page; a calendar of events; and an "About" page. (This was just my example to give them.) The pricing is wildly different if we go to a local developer or if we go to essentially an outsourcing company based abroad. The estimate for here was $2,500; the estimate for abroad was $350.
-My experience with developers is, they will happily walk us through the design process. We can give them images we want to include (maybe some of the pamphlet graphics?) and tell them our general preferred color scheme and "feel" for the site and they will take it from there.
-Here are a few links to peruse to see different templates available to us. Might be good for us each to pick two or three we like and compare notes:
Good collection showing Wordpress themes:
Wordpress themes designed to showcase journals:
Interestingly, Squarespace is now deemphasizing templates entirely. Here are some examples of Squarespace-designed websites:
I think it would also be good for us to find websites of journals that we think look good and could point our developer to. A lot of us know ROAR, and they are essentially a journal:
Current Affairs has a nice design:
Post other suggestions below! Also - need to decide on a website title, and a url!