04 Dec

Web Dev: Functional & Content Requirements

Now I’ve identified the requirements of the client, and completed a substantial amount of user research, I need to scope functional and content requirements.

Functional Requirements

  • “HOW should the website meet client’s objectives and user’s needs?”
  • “WHAT do users need to DO on the site?”

I’m going to be using the MoSCoW method, which stands for Must, Should, Could and Won’t.


  • Have an in-site search engine
  • Allow members to register/login
  • Allow members to contribute to a forum
  • Allow specified “expert” members to contribute to the blog
  • Link to existing social networking sites
  • Have a suitable payment process (PayPal)


  • Error checking on the register/login form


  • Allow members to get an email notification when their comment/post receives a reply
  • Integrate Facebook comments
  • Have a function where members can enter their details into a league table


  • Integrate with tracking software such as Garmin, but this is a possibility for the future.

Content Requirements

Fortunately with this project, the majority of content needed is already available (see Content Inventory). There is a vast amount of imagery and text on both the existing BOSH Run website, and on their Facebook page. The logo is already existing, along with a strong brand. There is plenty to chose from, so the biggest task will be selecting those to use.

Therefore, I will only need to create the following; copy (instructions) for the register page, and rules of the forum, along with general text and locating the right imagery needed.

Plenty of existing content

Existing content on BOSH’s Facebook group.


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