I've gone ahead and bunged the new design onto the front page - and am
currently feeling rather clever, because I've also split up the various
sections, using templates, and now each has its own 'edit' button - which
should make it easier to update, rather than having to go all squinty eyed
looking at all the complicated layout code....

Re : Angela's points below - they're self evidently strong - I very much see
the current layout as a framework which I hope it might be a bit easier for
more members to get involved in maintaining / updating etc. - if you're so
inclined - dive in :-)

For example, I'd picture updating the 'featured content' bit weekly /
monthly (or even daily) - there's a metric ton of awesome australia related
content on commons, wikisource, and of course wikipedia - if you're so
inclined, just grab something from somewhere, and update that area - if we
have too many cooks, we can figure out some sort of system anon.....

In making these updates, a few things emerge to my mind as becoming a bit
more diserable / pressing;

   - I would like to highlight the possibility of an organisation joining
   WMAU - for whatever reason it seems to me that we're talking to quite a few
   organisations who would be interested in supporting the Chapter in this way.
   There's no tension in my mind between between this process and encouraging
   individual membership also.
   - Our Donate channels are a bit limited - we need an acceptable online
   donation scheme asap.
   - It might be wise to have some sort of policy on cleanup of older items
   - many of the pages easily navigated to are mothballed to various degrees.

that's it for now :-)



On Sat, May 16, 2009 at 2:31 AM, Angela <bees...@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Fri, May 15, 2009 at 1:06 PM, private musings <thepmacco...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > G'day all,
> >
> > I've just been browsing a bit around our website (
> > http://wikimedia.org.au/wiki/Wikimedia_Australia ) - and wondered if
> perhaps
> > we might be able to generally aim a little higher / improve it a bit.
> http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/14/non-profit-website-design-examples-and-best-practices/
> has some advice that might be useful. In summary:
> Make your site donor-friendly
> Make your site media-friendly
> Make your site volunteer-friendly
> Make sure your organization’s purpose is immediately apparent
> Make sure your content takes center stage
> Make sure your website is consistent with your other promotional materials
> Know your site’s purpose up front
> Include a news section or blog
> They also list 20 examples of sites that do it well.
> Angela
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