Been spending the week laying out my plan for getting this done.Phase 1: Core
Begin developing the website core. These are features that apply to everything on the site, including the author profiles, reporting systems, search, messaging systems, security, file handling, etc. Phase 2: Forums
I want the forums and website to have one, unified login and be almost completely merged into the website.
During this time, I'll also place a call out to begin populating our new dictionary, writing guides, and other informational sections.Phase 3: Story Handling
This is going to be the section I'm going to have to build from scratch. Stories, reviews, challenges -- everything from scratch.Phase 4: Beta Readers
[strike]Depending on what we decide to go with, this could be just a simple directory of beta readers. The beta reader profiles will be installed with core as a separate tab or area in author/user profiles. If we go for something more ambitious, I'm not sure how long this might take.[/strike] Due to time constraints, Beta Readers will have to stay the same as it is... just a nice directory of people willing to beta read.Phase 5: Skinning
Like Kerrigan Sheehan said here
, I have quite a few planned. I'm already playing with a few ideas.
My top priority with these is using modern usability guidelines, make this as streamlined as possible. Also, everything is going to be what design professionals call "responsive design" -- that means the design automatically adjusts depending on what people are using to view the site. Columns fold under the main content, the menu scrunches up into a mobile-friendly menu, text sizes adjust until the website looks great on a phone. I also want the site function flawlessly for screen readers and for people who are color blind or have limited vision.
Kerrigan already wrote up a great explanation for my whys for the minimalist skins based on what the mods and I discussed between ourselves. The fandom skins are going to be where the "pop" will be.
For fandoms, I'm already planning:
Shinigami Blue -- Bleach -- I'm probably going to have to redo this one, it's older and does a few things I would never do today. I can also blend and do much cooler things with graphics.
Name TBA -- The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings -- Umm, not a clue yet for what I'll do. I might try another map-based layout like I did for my ancient Harry Potter Marauder's Map
From there, I'll probably tackle the Top 10s
or open it up for artists and designers to take a crack at their favorite fandom.Phase 6: Testing
I'll invite all of you to come in and try to break things. I'll be standing at the door handing out hard-hats and safety goggles. Phase 7: Transfer
Everything begins transferring to the new site. Phase 8: Launch