22 May

Web Dev: Evaluation

Overall, I am happy with this project. The end result was a responsive website that I feel is also beautiful, minimalist and informative.

The following was taken directly from my project plan:


Project aims:

To create a website to replace the existing, inadequate design. It will need to attract new clients, and inform existing ones of term dates, exam dates etc. It will also be a showcase for the school’s successes.


In respect to the project aims, the website I have designed will attract new customers (when Google Map Maker is back online). It also contains all the information necessary for prospective and existing customers, organised in an efficient way. The business will surely benefit by having a more up-to-date online presence.

There were some issues with gathering imagery, with regards to parental consent forms and the time scale of the project was put back due to unexpected delays with gathering content.

However, the site will be ready to go live within the next two weeks, and the client was very positive about the outcome. The following email shows her response:

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I then completed another competitor analysis, to see how the site has developed from when I compared the business’ old site to others in the same sector. The results are below.

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The content has had a complete overhaul, so is definitely all relevant. The whole website was designed with the user in mind, to make it as easy to navigate and as appropriate as possible. I think from this point of view, the project has been a resounding success.

To download the bibliography for this project, click the link below.

CI264 Bibliography

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20 May

Web Dev: Testing

I conducted a navigation stress test, as outlined here by Keith Instone, on the website prototype.

The following shows the table of questions I asked as described by Keith Instone, and my annotated web page.

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stressTest

The navigation is clear and the information is organised efficiently. The navigation is at the top of the page where users will expect to see it, and every page is consistent. The links in the navigation describe exactly what is going to be on each page, so users can navigate directly to the page they need.

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19 May

Web Dev: Finishing Touches

Before testing, I completed little detail tasks such as creating a favicon using a generator to match the company branding, and writing the PHP to action the email form on the contact page based on this code.

I ordered the domain name “anitagunnschoolofdance.co.uk” to upload the site when the consent forms have all been signed and the site has been tested and approved by both me and the client.

I tested the website on different devices, including an iPhone 5s, a MacBook Pro and an iPad 2.

Sample screenshots are included below.

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18 May

Web Dev: Project Specific Factors

Every project has different obstacles that need to be planned for and considered. When undertaking this website project for a dance school, it was important to be prepared for the complications surrounding using images of children online.

In this case, every parent whose child’s image is to be used in the project will have to sign a consent form. The project is (as of 20/05/2015) not currently online.

I created the branded consent form below based on this one used by Merton Council.

AnitaGunnConsentFormAlso, I made sure that the code was going to be easy to maintain in the future by adding comments. It was important to my client that she would be able to edit timetable dates at regular intervals, so comments to highlight sections, along with instructions on how to use an FTP client were a real benefit to her.

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17 May

Web Dev: Google Map Maker

My research for this project highlighted to me just how much this business relies on location.

Location-based searches are going to be the first port of call for most prospective clients. The best way to ensure this business shows in search is to use the Google Map Maker tool, and to place the dance school on Google Maps.

Unfortunately, within the last week Google Map Maker has been temporarily suspended due to misuse of the tool.

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When the tool is back up, I will add the business to the map to raise the profile of The Anita Gunn School of Dance.

Until then, I have just added a map to the website so users of the site can find the school with ease, using this Google Developers tutorial. The following shows my code with the specific latitude and longitude of the business.

Google Maps Code

The image below shows how it looks when embedded into the website, after I also added a simple marker using this example code as a guide.

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