What is it?
The WordPress showcase is a portfolio of inspiring and innovative sites built with WordPress. It features some of the nicest sites in the world that are built with WordPress. It should feature all of them 🙂
There’s a post on the Make/Marketing blog that outlines the project, it contains slightly more than just features and design, so let me re-iterate those here.
We’d like to add:
- Case studies – The marketing team currently does these on the Make/Marketing blog (example) but that doesn’t seem like a good spot. Adding more depth and reasoning as to why a site is in the showcase would make it more worthwhile.
- A one-line description – For use in listings (and on social, search etc), showcases should have a one-line description.
- Add (mobile) screenshots – We currently only feature one screenshot per site, adding a few more to highlight nice sections of the site would be good. In those sets of screenshots, we should also make certain to include mobile screenshots.
- Highlight agency and hosting company – The showcase has tags for WordPress.com An online implementation of WordPress code that lets you immediately access a new WordPress environment to publish your content. WordPress.com is a private company owned by Automattic that hosts the largest multisite in the world. This is arguably the best place to start blogging if you have never touched WordPress before. https://wordpress.com/ and WordPress.com VIP but currently not for any other companies. We should add tags (or a custom taxonomy A taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, some common taxonomies are category, link, tag, or post format. https://codex.wordpress.org/Taxonomies#Default_Taxonomies.) for different hosting companies and agencies as their cases come into the showcase, and highlight them more prominently on the showcase pages. This will make it worthwhile for agencies to submit their best work.
- Add tags – We can’t currently link to a listing of sites that, for example, do cool stuff with Gutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/. Adding tags would allow grouping sites in other ways and show off uses of WordPress better.
Challenges with the current design
The design currently looks slightly dated, especially on the single pages. The current design also doesn’t work too well on mobile and actually has a double hamburger menu, which is confusing.
How can I help?
Ping The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” @joostdevalk on Slack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. and/or respond here. As this is quite a chunk of work, we are looking if a company is willing to sponsor a designer for this, so we can move forward at a high pace. We will then form a working group and start iterating.