If you have web design experience or simply want to mess around and make suggestions we’d love to have you involved. But you’ll need a way to work with our theme and such.
Below you’ll find a guide for getting a local wordpress installation set-up on your pc, so you can have the freedom to try plugins, make theme changes among other things either to learn on your own or to submit to us for changes to the site.
Anything really, once submitted to us either on Speakout or through email we’ll review what you’ve done and assess if its a good fit for the site. And we’ll work with you if anything doesn’t quite fit.
The main reason we’re doing this is because our site team is very small and in the end we can’t think up everything or do everything. But those users with the skill who want to contribute matter, and we’ll take any idea within reason very seriously. Especially if you took the time to demonstrate it to us.
The very first step is following this guide from the wordpress folk themselves. You this guide will show you how to get the full wordpress working right on your desktop, and provides some nice tools for coding and such through the program called WebMatrix (WebPI).
If the page wasn’t loaded already in your web browser go to “localhost:00000/wp-admin/setup-config.php”, the zeroes being specific to whatever WebPI set-up set. You can find this out by loading your site in WebMartix then clicking “Run” to try and load your page through a web browser.
THe alternative is easier!
For mac there’s a self contained installer for you to use, never used this myself but it should work fine.
I’m sure there are a number of options for this but the rest of this guide is not dependant on what you use.
Well obviously a site needs content, SO GET TO WORK!
Actually there’s an easier solution…
“Basic” comes with some filler content to load, its very useful stuff although it doesn’t reflect our content standards and uses features we don’t use. That said you can find out how to install that at the link below.
Please be aware this is not updated frequently…
You’ll find instructions for getting involved with site design in this FAQ
Bugs that need fixing:
- Pages don’t work on the home page likely due to loop offset usage *may or may not be fixed*
Features to remove/ add:
- Add forum instead likely BBpress etc.
- Redesign menu bar to be more intuitive, current highlighting method does not work properly.
- add search bar for articles. *temp search bar added*
- Customize wordpress login page to have takuchat theme.
Here is a list of free tools I use personally.
A web browser is very important because it gives you a peek at the visible code on the site and lets you have fun with it.
Look for the “inspect element” option on the right-click menu.
Document/ Code Editor
Notepad++ is an awesome application for editing code, and it provides a good amount of visual information for coding. It should pretty much be the main thing you use.
FileZilla is excellent for accessing server files, you’ll find various online guides for getting it set-up
While the majority of users don’t have server access to Takuchat, Putty is what i use for SSH access; there’s honestly not much to say about that.
Inkscape is suitable for making infinitely scalable designs.
GIMP is a well known and free picture-editing solution.
Have suggestions for tools on this page?
Contact us here!