I found a great user story product called Arbor. It’s such an easy and simple way of creating User Stories. In my day job creating user stories can be a bit of a tedious job, however this particular website seems to have a great way of looking into it.

Arbor I found on product hunt and I think I’m going to give it a go for the next project I work on. Specifically I’m interested to see if the estimation also works as I hope! I actually created my own excel spread sheet that used the complexity and scale of a project to calculate an estimate, however this seems to be a little cooler!

http://www.getarbor.io/

 

Plugins

Across your site you have deployed a minimum of 6 front and back end plugins and identified briefly what you have used and why in the appropriate blog post with screenshots. You should address SEO, back end editing tools and front end mechanisms for displaying content and linking socially.

I have installed a number of plugins for my site. These are both front end and back end plugins. A full list and information can be found in this blog post. Specifically I’ve included the following plugins.

  • Jetpack by WordPress.com
    • Sharing – Ability to Share Posts
    • Comments – A Nicer Comment Function
    • Site Stats – Basic Site Stats in the Dashboard
    • Spelling and Grammar – Spell Checker
    • Subscriptions – Visitors Can Subscribe to Blog Updates
  • Smart Slider – A Responsive Image Slider
  • Add Custom CSS – Add Custom CSS to Site, Posts and Pages
  • WP Editor – A Better Looking Code Editor in the WP Interface
  • Yoast SEO – Search Engine Optimization
  • WP Super Cache – Makes Static HTML and Site Speed Enhancements
  • Post Type Template – Create Custom Posts Types
  • Content Forms 7 – Contact Forms For Sending Emails
  • Unsplash WP – Easy Image Placeholders
  • Genesis Columns Advanced – Provides Column Shortcodes
  • Remove Admin Bar – Removes the Admin Bar for Logged in Users

A number of these plugs require configuration for them to work. Specifically the WP Super Cache plugin. This particular plugin can make the site yield some strange behaviour. For example when WP Super Cache was enabled changes to my slider would not be displayed properly. As a result I decided that turning this particular plugin on is only helpful once all configuration is completed. It can be configured to only cache certain codes, pages etc. However I found that ensuring it was disabled during configuration of the site was the best policy.

A number of other plugins are purely for cosmetic and personal preference only, i.e. the WP Editor enhancement and also the Remove Admin Bar plugins. These are really for me personally as I like to see a proper code editor instead of the standard editor. Also I don’t like to see the WordPress Admin Bar when I view the site as this isn’t displayed for unauthenticated users. I like to have the back-end and front-end of a site completely separate.

See the screenshots below for all of my installed plugins
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Style

You have chosen an appropriate free WordPress Theme from your choice of provider and customised it to effectively convey your brand through creative and inspirational modification and addition of factors such as logo, banner, branding, CSS content styling, fonts, contact form and images. Note that it is best to avoid more advanced and framework based themes at this stage unless you have established an agreement with your lecturer to do so.

To achieve the second part of my assignment I have utilised a theme that I have previously purchased. This has enabled me to have a starting point to work from. From this theme I have configured the site so that is easy to view and use. I have created a number of menus, name, branding etc. I have also included a plugin which will assist me in adding custom CSS in certain locations within my site. Specifically from a CSS point of view, I’ve modified the size of the main image displayed for each page and post. I found that the standard size was far to big.

In addition I have included numerous areas which are required for users to view data on my site. I’ve created categories for my assignments, portfolio, research and a blog. I have also created specific category templates for both blog posts and the portfolio. In addition I have also created a page template for my home page which displays my main slider image. This highlights my site and my portfolio and blog information.

I’ve also included the following CSS to my entire site using a plugin, this modified the standard size of the featured image and makes it slightly smaller:

.entry-full .entry-thumb {
margin: 0 auto;
width: 100%;
height: 30.5rem
}

Further to this, in the home page I’ve included the following CSS. This is to make the home page look more like a separate page and not like a normal standard page.

.entry-full {
  display: none;
}

.col-md-offset-2 {
  margin-left: 0px;
}

.col-md-8 {
  width: 100%;
}

.section-logo-and-menu {
  padding-bottom: 3rem;
}

Further to this my theme is responsive and it has been tested across multiple size devices. Please see the below screenshots for both tablet and mobile sizes.

Analytics

You have set up a Google Analytics account and integrated your site to it through the utilisation of an appropriate free plugin. This is demonstrated via back end screenshots inserted into the appropriate blog post.

I’ve utilised my purchased theme to manage the code that is required for the installation of Google Analytics within my site. I’ve included the required code within my plugin. Please see this post for further information on how I have added this within my theme.

In addition please see the attached screenshot of my Google Analytics dashboard:

UX and Web Design Graduate Work

I’ve currently been undertaking a UX and Web Design postgraduate certificate at Torrens University.

During this time I have worked through a number of scenarios for both fictional and real life clients. During the four courses we have worked through many examples of creating pitches and proposals for customers. For this particular semester I created a proposal for a tradesman and a second proposal for a community radio station. The proposals required us to think laterally and design a pitch for the customer based on their requirements. This could include hosting information, domain purchasing, installation of open source content management systems and other activities.

My first client was a lawn mowing company. From their requirements I suggested to them that I could create a web presence for under $5000 which would enable them to take contacts from clients, have a domain name, have a modern looking website and also information for which customers can contact to make bookings. I also provided them with a potential budget and timeline for the proposal.

The second client was a not for profit radio station whose business requirement was to migrate from an existing proprietary CMS to an open source CMS. I proposed that they utilise the open source WordPress CMS package and a number of free and paid plugins which will provide them with this functionality. Ultimately I provided a proposal for which would allow them to also have information and analytics for their marketing department. This would utilise google analytics. I also suggested a number of SEO options to ensure that their site was easily discoverable on the internet.

See attached screenshots of my proposals:

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Adelaide Wanderers Soccer Club Website

Implementation of WordPress for the Adelaide Wanderers Soccer Club.

A number of years ago I created a WordPress site for a soccer club in Adelaide. The website utilised a number of simple plugins which provided players and members to contact the administrators of the club. They also required the ability for some members to update match statistics and match reports. To achieve this I created a number of different types of users who had limited access to create sites within the CMS. Specifically each team manager was allowed to submit match reports under their team’s grade. This then flowed through to the main website’s menu system.

We also had a number of static page that the editors could modify as they saw fit. This included informational pages such as sponsors, contacts, email, team managers, and other details. I also arrange the purchasing of a domain name and due to the small number of users I hosted this site on my own shared hosting.

Ultimately the Adelaide Wanderers Soccer Club folded due to not enough members, however this was my first web site creation and provided me with a basis for my future web sites.

Government Secure Email Project

Technical officer work when implementing secure email at Federal Government agency

While working at a Federal Government agency in Canberra I was tasked with assisting with the implementation of the AGIMO Secure Email standards. This involved taking the existing email processes and add-ins within the department and highlighting where changes were required to be made due to the new AGIMO standards.

I started working through the requirements and then worked through the implementation process. We utilised the an agile form of development which included a structured 2 weekly sprint program where a number of items were required to be completed within the 2 week window. This process worked quite well especially considering the team members were spread out geographically across Australia.

Ultimately the secure email program of work was implemented as required as per the government standards and the newly installed routing and rules engines were tested by the ANAO. The outcome of the project was a positive success and we were commended and asked to assist in other government departments on their secure email roll out.