1) Training


In terms of training, no formal instruction is necessary to get a WordPress published and customized. WordPress offers a tutorial upon installation. Depending upon what theme you choose or how you’d like your site to be organized, there are a number of resources available online to help you accomplish your desired design. Although you do not need coding or programming experience, it is extremely useful when building a website with WordPress. Basic code training of HTML or previous knowledge of coding would make the process much easier and would maximize flexibility.

2) Benefits and Challenges of Technology


WordPress & Farad Theme

Our decision to go with WordPress was because of the many benefits it offered as a content management system. WordPress is easy to install, update, and maintain. Both WordPress and DesignOrbital offered exceptional support and there are numerous forums and free tutorials are available online. You don't need to know how to write code, although it is helpful. WordPress offers a directory that features thousands of plugins that allow for extensive functionality without the need for programming experience. WordPress makes it easy to boost your site's web rating. Search engines are able to pick up on domains running WordPress because of the way in which it is coded, which is built around the search engines guidelines outlined and launched by Google. WordPress generated code is in full compliance with the standards set by W3C. WordPress is flexible and offers a variety of customization features and themes. The Farad theme was also extremely flexible and their support team was excellent. They responded to queries within a day and were helpful before we even purchased the theme. Farad offers a modern, clean, minimal style that lent itself to the goals of our project. We were able to tailor the theme to suit our needs with relative ease, and when problems arose we were able to get help in a timely manner.

One advantage that we had that should be noted, was that the Curry Public Library already had an account with Linux, so we didn't have to set up a host account. Also, the domain names were already purchased by Jeremy.

We faced few challenges while building this site. Those challenges we did face, we were able to resolve with some research and guidance. However, although you do not need coding or programming experience, it is extremely useful when building a website with WordPress. Basic code training of HTML or previous knowledge of coding would make the process much easier and would maximize flexibility.


3) Curry Public Library's New Site


Below you will find a link to the new site:

http://www.currypubliclibrary.org/



4) Usability Testing


Usability tests help to identify areas of opportunity and analyze the quality of a site's performance. Usability.gov offers a page that provides information on the benefits, planning and cost of usability testing:

http://www.usability.gov/how-to-and-tools/methods/usability-testing.html