These are five potential starting points, and there are in fact 30 more home page designs we can consider as described here. The designs are secondary to the content requirements of the website. If your home page is going to have a lot of excerpts from the latest research papers uploaded to your searchable PDF literature archive, then Map 01 is going to serve you better than Map 05.
Theme 02, 03, and 05 are part of this online front-end demo so you can see not just what they look like, but how they behave. Map 05 (Exoticar example) has searchable car records you can drill into for an idea of inside page layout, and it has an "Autoblog" that demos one possible Archive list layout for blog posts, and an inside layout possibility for those posts when clicked.
I use the following guidelines to make sure we don't exceed the scope of a RapidRollout package:
- Customized work is a must! But we want to keep it to about 50% of the effort required to get the site ready for content.
- The resulting website should not require workflow testing or extensive configuration testing when covered by SMASH.
- The desired design should not be radically different than the Starter Design. This is a rather liberal definition...and that's on purpose. By "radically" I mean ending up with a theme that has no structural relation to what we started with. For instance if you want a slider on the home page in a slot where a static image currently appears, that's likely to be fine. But if you want that slider to be the home page and need me to create graphics or videos for the slider to display....well, that's radically different!
- We will always push this boundary. My goal is to be flexible. I will let you know if we are moving into more expensive territory than the RapidRollout package.
I am working on implementing an interactive tutorial to walk a visitor through this online front-end demo, and can generate a demo site for you complete with administrator login so you can experience the back-end as well. For the time being such demos are self-guided or we can review it on the phone together in a screen-sharing session if you're interested.
FlexTech Media specializes in websites that are safe for clients to content-update themselves. The logo, the social media icons, the various content pockets and their image backgrounds, and more can be content-updated by a non-techie with just a bit of training. These designs are specifically configured to cater to those that want maximum ease-of-use when updating website content. Of course, I am always willing to update content for you. 🙂