As a third year university project, the Post House website was created to showcase an understanding of ‘Real World Web Design’. The brief for the project was to create a bespoke WordPress theme that would be used to advertise ‘The Post House’, a well-known events venue in Stafford. Beyond just the WordPress theme we also had to check a number of other criteria such as ‘Responsive Design’, the use of a CSS pre-compiler, and the use of third party APIs.
The original Post House website was unfortunately not designed with the responsive web in mind, and because of the tools and platform it was created with, it was very difficult and off putting to navigate. Key to the project was addressing these issues and being sure to provide a solution that enhanced user experience compared with the older site.
This project allowed me to explore options in creating the WordPress website that would help to maximise its speed and efficiency, especially for end users on mobile devices. One of the most surprising, I found, being to amend the mark up of a webpage so that the style sheet is included at the bottom of the page just before closing the body. This small change alone helped mobile users receive access to the content of the site, on average, 1 to 2 tenths of a second quicker (believe me it seems like a lifetime when you’re browsing the web.)
The knowledge I picked up working on this site then helped to inform future WordPress projects that I worked on. Key information such as how to remove unwanted scripts and style sheets were crucial to the success of this site and also helped to develop a site that ticked all of the boxes to get a 100 score from Google PageSpeed Insights.