Our website is built on WordPress, a content management system (CMS) written in PHP. We choose to use WordPress to allow more of our team members to be able to contribute to our website, with multiple people on the Web sub-team able to update the design and content at once.
Our website is designed on wordpress using the HTML5 WordPress theme Toolbox as the backbone of our design. It was initially designed on paper so we could find a way to make our website fluid and efficient, while still having a compelling and professional design. Once done, we coded the website into existence with HTML5 and CSS, implementing the ideas and design originally drafted on paper. After publishing our website online, the web sub-team was made to redesign the website carefully and thoroughly to make it as clean and user-friendly as possible, with the content being constantly updated to reflect the current happenings of the club.
In addition to utilizing the W3C’s most recent web standards, such as HTML5 and CSS3, we value usability and compatibility. Our website is compatible with Internet Explorer (IE) 7+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera; it also behaves nicely in browsers with less capabilities, and has the ability to respond interactively to different page sizes.
Our website contains up-to-date content and news about the workings of our club. This information is valuable to those visiting our website, including our members, members of other teams, and potential sponsors. The use of WordPress allows members of different subteams to update pages pertaining to their subteams easily. In addition, we provide a number of resources that our members and members of other robotics teams may use for themselves.
Extensive Use of Media
Our extensive media gallery showcases the media team’s photographic and cinematographic highlights, while a slideshow on our front page provides a glimpse into the different aspects of our club. Pictures, placed throughout our website, give the website more character and allow users to have a better understanding of what our club does and the faces behind it.
Communication Within the Team
Communication is essential to our team. In order to streamline communication and project management, we use two online programs, Slack and Trello, both which are designed to be used for these purposes. We use Slack for easy communication among our team, using it to update members about what is going on, what they need to do, and also serve as a forum for members to use when they have questions. We use Trello for delegating and managing projects, using the app to post what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and the people who the project was delegated to. This helps to easily delegate tasks to other people, keep our members accountable for getting those tasks done, and help members who are behind catch up with what they need to do.