Our website is our public face, and it seems people want to know what we do and what our space is about, as well as our tools and how payment works.
Our wiki is out of date, complex to use and there isn’t much engagement and it’s soon to be archived.
what I’ve made
I feel like both these can be solved in one go and so I made a new website that covers both:
- It can be our public face, and be useful to people browsing
- It has a list of areas, each area has a list of notable tools which have their own page. This lets people who are more interested browse around virtually.
- It is concise - there’s no room for twaddle, just the content that’s relevant.
- Google Docs can be used to generate content so anyone can write content in whatever software they want
- It’s based on markdown files - keeps formatting sane. It alsos uses “front matter” which is where meta information lives. E.G. The Laser Cutter page has front matter that says it lives inside Visual Arts area. Therefore when loading the visual arts area page, the laser cutter shows up in the list of tools there. This reduces duplication and unneccessary folders.
At this stage I want to see if what I’ve done is better or worse than the current site. If people think it’s not as good I’m happy to have learned a new tool and made a thing.
If there’s ideas and comments please do say below.
A direct alternative to this proposal is to use wordpress where everyone has their own account and can modify the site as they see fit
If the space wants to eventually use this site as their own then they’ll be welcome to take it over and I’ll be happy to offer support. At this stage support will involve indexing new content, and whatever people feel is needed.
Check it out: hacman.netlify.com/