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As web developer/designer for the site, I’m constantly browsing the internet for inspiration. One site I stumbled across, http://www.dolectures.com/lectures/¬†struck my eye because of the simplicity of the design. The idea is similar to Ted Talks (amazing organization as well) to provide the visitor a variety of speeches depending on the category they choose. I like the way they have previews of each of the speeches and think that something similar would be a good tactic to separate the “topics” for this site.

Another way I stay current with web design is scanning tweets on the Twitter lists that I’ve created (@emilypaigestew – i’d love for you to follow me ūüôā ). ¬†@thecssawards, @smashingmag¬†& of course¬†@jasonsantamaria¬†are some of my favorites. Pinterest.com has also been great for “pinning” sites where I see features that I think would work well for this site.

While waiting on some key components to go forward with this project, I’ve implemented a lot of the framework for the site, which you’ll be able to see in several weeks. After meeting with a few professionals, we decided that using WordPress.org as a CMS would be the best (and most sustainable) option. This is my first time using the .org side of WordPress and I really like it thus far. I still prefer coding using a simple text editor, but WordPress.org is growing on me. The feature I’m most excited about is the social networking plugin- BuddyPress. This allows our visitors to login using their WordPress username/pw and join our “network.” Each user has a profile page, recent activity, can add friends & comment on posts. I couldn’t believe how simple it was to implement- basically ready out-of-the-box.

Minus some minor frustrations/glitches, the project is going really well. Get excited for the final result!

– Emily

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