Proposed Design for Tower Widgets

Status:

For discussion, amendment and agreement within the communications team.

Overview

Each Tower (or where preferred, cluster) has a “widget” that lives in the right hand column of the website (The WordPress “Content Sidebar”. It will be visible when a user is on the tower’s home page, or on any post that has the tower’s category.

Initial Design

When the website was first developed, the widget was an RSS feed which displayed all posts with the tower’s category. There was no archiving and no distinction between news items and non-news items (such as contact details or bell ringing times).

Intention of the new design

  • Archived news is no longer mixed in with current news as per the original design. It is clearly laid out to separate the two.
  • Towers can have a home page AND as many extra pages (Actually Tower Information Posts) as they need.
  • Ringing Times for a tower are held in a separate post which can be embedded anywhere as desired without being duplicated.
  • Extra Pages for a tower can be added without needing any extra technical knowledge over and above that needed for writing news posts.
  • Menu of extra pages visible with every extra page, without need for programming.
  • The order that they are displayed in, is reasonably easy to control without advanced knowledge.
  • The layout works for towers with multiple pages and lots of news; also for ones with less content, so they can all be created now and the extra pages developed gradually with the bands. Nothing is hard coded.
  • All current news is displayed and the 4 latest posts from the archive, allowing visitors to determine “how active is this band” and “what do they tend to ring” (These were suggested in the survey August 2016)
  • The tower’s home page(s) can be kept for information only, no news.
  • No need to add hot links to towers when posting because using the tower’s category will bring the widget into view and provide the home page link.
  • The single image on the widget draws the user’s eye to the home page first.
  • A cluster may have a home page and this would be displayed at the top of the widget with the featured image. (example bournemouth). The tower categories need to be sub-categories of the cluster category, in order to ensure the news feed works properly.
  • The design preserves the simple Tower URLs.

The Widget Will Contain:

  1. All current (ie non-archived) news. For most bands this is maximum one item and often blank.
  2. Link to the home page in bold type with thumbnail image
  3. List of extra “pages” (Tower Information Posts) ordered by latest modification date.
  4. Up to 4 pieces of archived news with date stamps (To give users an insight into the band’s communications)

Examples: (displayed with this post)

  • Christchurch Priory (9 pages)
  • Bournemouth (3 tower cluster)
  • Tangley (one page one tower)

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