Primarily, we want the site to be the premier source of online news for our area. At the moment we are constricted by our printing cycle. We'd like to restructure things in our newsroom our stories/images are published online as soon as possible after they happen.
We are the only news provider within a 100km radius. Our closest online competitor is [url removed, login to view], a fairfax-owned group.
We don't want our site to look like Fairfax sites.
We would sell advertising (locally) and post advertising. The site must be able to accommodate advertising, produced by us, which would change regularly.
Finally, we are also a commercial printer (from magazines through to business cards). We'd like a section of our site dedicated to this department (promoting our services, basic form info).
The structure and design we'd like to have is pretty well close to [url removed, login to view] particularly the structure and design behind the front page. We also like the theme [url removed, login to view], for the home page.
Our menu (and subsequent categories for our stories) would include news, sport, opinion, lifestyle and images. As the publisher of the local tourism guide, we also plan on incorporating attractions/what to do etc into our site and this would be a section; so too would be real estate.
A column down the right hand side would be set aside for advertising, events calendar and perhaps internal pointers (for our printing, or perhaps a particular image gallery, series of feature articles), to be updated by us.
Individual story pages would also include advertising down the right side. Advertising would likely be uniform within sections (say news) but may be specific to each section.
Older stories would need to be "pushed back" or archived (in a similar format to the expressandstar site).
We would require an image gallery. Ultimately, we'll be posting thousands of photos, so organisation will be imporant.
We would like a local business directory much like that on [url removed, login to view]; there would be three directories, business (with all businesses), trades and services, and restaurant directory.
We'd like reader comments, with users to log in first.
We'd like an events calendar.
We'd like an interface that pulls classified advertising from our newspaper onto the site &acirc;€“ although this is not essential upon launch. We can add things in manualy.
We'd like our real estate section to aggregate information pulled from two websites (PRD nationwide, Elders Real Estate and Tumut Real Estate). Again can be discussed further down the track, and is not essential to be completed when the site is launched.
We see the 'information' as being the reason people will come to the site and hopefully the reason they return. Displaying it in a clear, uncluttered style that is visually appealing, while also maintaining easy navigation, is what we hope our design-developer will achieve.
At the back end, we're hoping for a system that will be user-friendly and certainly well-organised, bearing in mind that over time the number of stories and images will reach thousands.
We&acirc;€™d like a mobile version of the site, and would prefer to steer away from flash elements, where possible.
Let me know what you think, in terms of timeframe and how this fits in with the bid you placed.
I would be happy to proceed if this fits in within the budget you outlined.
Below we provide the following links, simply to highlight the emphasis we have on the organisation and workflow being set up correctly from the outset (personally, I don&acirc;€™t like the design of the Bangor site).
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