I'm going to be installing a new website layout sometime and was looking for the information that would need to be put on the front page. I was looking at a 3 column template for Wordpress.
I haven't figured out the exact column layout though. The options are:
Left Middle Right
Small Big Little
Big Little Little
Small, big, little is one I've used before on http://somersaultsstars.com
It would also be similar to http://qcforc.org
but it would not be a fixed width and the news would be allowed to scroll off the bottom of the page.
Facebook also follows the 3 column layout with the most dynamic information in the middle column.
My website http://jillanderic.net
has a two column layout.
I'm leaning toward the Small, Big, Little.
The left column would be trail status and upcoming events (ala qcforc) including a link to the google calendar and ical integration.
The middle column would be the articles and longer posts we want to put in and pull attention to.
The right column would include the links to the standard items we use:
Trail layout maps.
Page per park.
Page with links to other clubs.
Links to our pages on facebook, google groups, and other places we come up with.
I tend to go for minimalist themes if you couldn't tell. Minimal pictures, get to the content. I want to reuse the image from the current header so the new color scheme will be very similar to the current web page. Make the header smaller to get the content closer to the top of the screen. This should help maximize screen real estate on netbooks and mobile devices. A Wordpress based site will also give us RSS feeds for pushing news to users.
What are you ideas for things that need to be on the website?