I've been slaving over a hot computer today as I continue progress on the Transition Town OKC website.
Photo Credit: Shauna Struby, Co-Chair
Created a webmap to plot out the flow of the site
Set up the GoDaddy account (Yes, I know the Superbowl commercials were embarassingly bad)
Registered the domain name
Decided to use the online Website Tonight software to build the site (which I have done before for my own business)
Selected the theme for the site
Uploaded an Oklahoma skyline photo that was taken by my talented Co-Chair
Organized and established the navigation for the site
Set up the e-mail account for information requests
Written copy for 12 pages (including 3 "reference" pages)
Added pithy quotes and illustrative pictures
Linked to sources for key facts
and, of course, sent off the reimbursement form to the Treasurer of Sustainable OKC :)
I transmitted the site to my Co-Chair for editing this morning (luckily she is a professional writer). Although it is incomplete, I thought it was good enough to launch. Still, I need to finish the site when I get a chance and:
Add a Donate button and a Volunteer button
Add a form for idea submission (part of engaging the public)
Launch a related blog for Transition Town Visioning (a whole subset of "to-do's" under this item)
Add more pictures and quotes
Set up the "tags" for search engines to find the site
Link it up and submit to search engines.
For those of you planning to launch your own Transition Town website, I'd say it's taken about 20 - 30 hours of time so far, from someone who has completed this process before and can write most of the copy off of the top of my head. I'd say I have at least another 30 hours to go. The cost for this type of website plus domain name is about $150, plus your own free labor, plus ongoing hosting costs every year.
I'll be asking you ladies and gents out there for suggestions once my Co-Chair finishes the first round of editing. Coming soon.....