Five years after initially building it, I recently gave Washington CAN’s website a series of design and back-end upgrades. Let me show off some of my favorite features.
Progressively enhanced and responsive
The emphasis is on delivering the site’s content. Style elements and interactions are kept apart. Not only does this modularity make the site easier to maintain and upgrade, but it helps make sure that all visitors can access the information they need – whether they are using a desktop, cellphone, tablet, or a different device altogether.
I kept wide screens in mind for the design, but the website also responds to a multitude of screen sizes for a better user experience. Below are some examples of what happens as screen sizes get smaller.
Navigation is one of the most important aspects to any website. It is how information is organized and displayed for a visitor to select what they are looking for.
I like to help users get their bearings by providing a visual cue in the menu to indicate the page they are currently visiting.
Pages on Washington CAN’s website also perform a check to see if they have sub-pages. If so, they are automatically listed in a red box titled “In this Section.”
When visitors hover over most links, they receive strong visual feedback.
Navigation between blog posts is made easier with over-sized button-style links.
On the home page, there is a slider containing featured blog posts. Adding a blog post to the slider is as simple as checking it off as being in the “Featured” category. The thumbnail images are automatically centered and adjusted to fit.
The slider uses the very flexible Cycle2 plugin for jquery.
Apply for a job online
Because Washington CAN! always has job openings for certain positions, I created a page where job seekers can apply online. After it is submitted, an email containing the information is automatically sent to the appropriate staff member.
The application uses the versatile Secure Form Mailer Plugin For WordPress.
The features listed above are not necessarily unique to Washington CAN!’s website, but the recent updates made to the site presented me a great opportunity to show off my favorite features. As you can see, I take pride in my work.