July has rolled around much faster than I thought it would, and we’re already in the midst of Summer. Not that the weather seems to indicate that here in the UK.
The site is also starting to come on nicely. While a lot of changes might not be apparent on the surface, there’s been a lot of work in the back end. The biggest change has been the construction of a new Category system that better matches the current Main Menu layout. While that might seem a trivial process, the vision for the site and the capabilities of WordPress and the Motoblog theme had to coalesce, which meant certain things had to be changed. This was no small feat, but finally we got to a stage in late June that content could start being created.
Content wise, we’ve been busy creating some interesting stuff for the new site. While it won’t yet get much attention as the site hasn’t gone live, it will flesh out the site some more for when it does finally go live.
- Newland’s Corner to Ryka’s Café, backcountry style
- Farnborough to the Ace Café, via Heathrow Service Roads
- Farnborough to Southsea via Meon Valley & Loomies
Now on to what needs to be done still. The list is fairly long, and some of it is actually now starting to hinder development of the site. Most importantly, we’re still looking for a new site name and associated domain name for the site. The original name of ‘My First Motorcycle’ hardly seems appropriate any more. Once that has been decided upon, purchased and the content transferred, the Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts can be created. The front page still needs a lot of work (it’s still showing some of the sample content, not to mention the theme creator’s social media links, and there’s far too much white space), but some of it is dependent on there being enough content for it to pull down. That means more articles, more routes, more destinations, and more fun stuff for people to read.
Media is going to be another area that is focused on. Instead of just linking to other peoples videos, the eventual goal is to create some in-house ones for the site. Photos will become more relevant, especially on Routes and Destinations, where visual representations would be of great help to riders looking at them.
So, lots more exciting stuff to come! More updates on the site next month, but keep watching the site for changes as they happen. Things are changing all the time, but some changes are more subtle than others.
Until next month, Ride Safe!