Hello freelancers! I've a lot of projects coming in and this will be the first posted. I'll try to be as detail as possible with some references.
+ Main tasks:
1. To redesign a currently modified JA Topaz template Joomla 1.5 site to new design requirements.
2. To reuse the current components/extensions and customize it to fit the needs of the new template design.
3. To modify the positions of the current content and navigation to fit the new template design after installation.
+ Template design requirements:
1. The new colour scheme and design should compliment the company logo, portray the image of a dynamic international organization and suitable to the business industry of the company which is valve manufacturing.
2. The new template can be created from scratch or redesigned/modified from JA Topaz template from [url removed, login to view] and it will be provided if required.
3. A search field should be on top-right and similar to [url removed, login to view] and [url removed, login to view] in the same row with the company logo on the top-left.
4. A dropdown-on-mouseover text based navigation(5-menu) similar to [url removed, login to view] and [url removed, login to view] should be below the search field but still in the same row with the company logo.
5. A full-width image slider as the main highlight with semi-transparent text-based caption similar to [url removed, login to view] and [url removed, login to view] and will be directed to the respective page when clicked.
6. A newsflash similar to [url removed, login to view] and [url removed, login to view] and should be after the image slider.
7. A newsletter subscription field similar to the search field should be in the same row and on the right to the newsflash.
8. A row of 3 areas of text-based with image content sneak peak similar to [url removed, login to view] should be after the newsflash and another row of 3 areas of text-based only similar to [url removed, login to view] in another row and all will be directed to the respective page when clicked.
9. A functional footer of sitemap or possibly other things similar to [url removed, login to view] and [url removed, login to view] should be at the bottom.
10. The above are for the homepage template only. For subpages template, just remove image slider, newsflash, newsletter subscription, and sneak peak areas and replace it as the content area.
+ My reference:
1. Valve manufacturing companies [url removed, login to view]
2. Navigation menu [url removed, login to view]
3. Image sliders [url removed, login to view]
4. Functional footer [url removed, login to view]
5. Corporate web designs [url removed, login to view]
6. Industrial/manufacturing templates [url removed, login to view]
1. Currently the website has already been using most of the components/extensions mentioned above but in a different look and feel.
2. I will provide the website URL via PM and the currently used components/extensions if needed.
3. Content creation with anything involving components and extensions should be manageable within Joomla.
4. Do propose a better layout/components/extensions within the requirements above if there's a need to do so.
5. Components/extensions and anything needed for this project should be from any free resources.
6. I may need to see a simple layout and colour scheme mockups before awarding anyone.
That's all for now. Please ask any further clarification questions, and I look forward to your bids. Thanks! :)
The client is contemplating whether to upgrade and have the new template design in Joomla 1.7.
I'm aware if this is the case, some of the current components/extensions might not work and you need to rely on 1.7 compatible components/extensions only.
So, there's an additional work of upgrading 1.5 to 1.7 but the content must stay intact and the components/extensions must work the same way.
Let me know your thoughts and whether you can still do it.
This is NOT the final decision yet.
It is now confirmed that it will be on Joomla 1.5 as in the initial plan and NOT Joomla 1.7. I'm not worried about the development of the template, mainly on components and extensions as I know it can be done with many resources out there.
However, the client has stressed the importance of the look and feel over everything else. So, please provide me a simple layout and colour scheme mockups or portfolio/examples of something similar that you have produced so I know you are able to deliver a good design too. Thanks! :)