Hey guys & girls,
First off, my apologies if I’ve posted this in the wrong section; do feel free to move it if I have.
I’m currently in the process of setting up a new website for the company I work for as our current one is awful. It’s an architectural practice so the kind of site we’re looking to set up would be one that is largely portfolio based. I’ve created a mock up via squarespace which looked good, but ultimately lacked the kind of functionality the directors dreamed of. Naturally, not being a web designer I am trying to temper their expectations a little, though have always dabbled in web-design here and there, though nothing ever as in depth as this.
Whilst I am not looking at creating a carbon copy, these two sites are very much along the lines of what I’ll be trying to achieve:
https://www.the-boundary.com/ (love a big image splash screen, but specifically the gridded projects page)
https://www.gillespies.co.uk/ (Same with this, though we probably don’t have as much “news” content)
So a responsive, gridded layout whilst using CMS for individual projects, but allowing you to filter with the use of tags - because the directors all agreed that lumping a kindergarten and university under “education” sometimes doesn’t quite cut the mustard when a client is looking for a specific project type.
So my questions before I embark on this are;
- Is there a template with this kind of functionality already available? I tried “Loyal” which appears to have all the right CMS, but not the look I’m after…
- If the template doesn’t look how I want, would it be better for me to start again from scratch or adapt it?
- What would you do first? Prepare your content, or mock up a design, or sort out the “back of house” CMS? I’m at a loss for a starting point.
- Does CMS allow me to create a “gallery” of images per project? I see it can import a single image at a time, is there not a field for multiple images - or am I missing the point?
Thank you in anticipation.