We started the project with a list of wantsOnce Elevate Leadership Camp got committee approval to launch, Cornelius and I met again to discuss what they wanted/needed for the site, and what we wanted to achieve with it. The initial laundry list (after domain registration and setting up hosting, which I handled) was:
- Main page
- About the director page
- Activities page
- Registration page
I had to make digital registration forms that could do everything they needed them to doOriginally, the registration forms – Registration/waiver and Student Commitment to Success – were going to be directly on the site, but I knew the client needed a way to allow for signatures online. We couldn’t get that with the basic Jetpack form in WordPress, so I built the forms from scratch in Jotform instead. After I published the online registration forms, a created a registration page on the site that linked to the online forms as well as downloadable pdfs of the forms. (I reviewed the pdfs for accessibility before uploading them to the site.)
They wanted to know if maybe I could make a logo
I anticipated questions from parents and helped the clients answer them onlineThe client didn’t ask for a Questions page, but I thought it would be a great idea to help parents/guardians address concerns like… Who can attend the camp? How many kids will be there? Are you going to feed my kid? … and to reiterate important points like… Camp is FREE! It’s four hours for these five days. Here’s how to register. This page would help the site visitors get succinct answers on what they needed to know about camp, AND the camp hosts wouldn’t be bombarded offsite with these questions from parents/guardians left wondering because they didn’t get all the information they needed from the site.
The clients LOVED the siteThey were impressed by how quickly I was able to paint their vision on the space. Some of the feedback I got was: “This looks really good” “The Website looks great!” “People [on the team] are already impressed!” “Love the logo – it looks even better than what [they] had on the brochure” “The photos are appropriate and eye-catching” “The headings make it easy to find information” They offered some feedback and a few more bits of information (like due dates for registration, adding t-shirt sizes to the registration forms, and backlinking to the host church website) to add to the site. I implemented all their feedback – including using a few small html tweaks – with some minor edits of my own. Et voila! The site was ready to invite campers and to be featured on their own homepage.
You can visit the camp’s website at Elevateleadershipcamp.com.