Getting closer to a charities website prototype ready for testing

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Some of the progress on the charities website I wrote earlier about:

  • Wrote web scraper to gather charities content
    Since we don’t want to start the platform with no content on it, I wrote a web scraper in python that goes over publicly available information on charities. On our site we will make it very clear what content is coming from other websites and a link to them will provided right next to it.
  • Created illustrations
    Some of them you can see in the screenshot below.
  • Used Bootstrap to create front-end. Most of it is ready.
    Creating front-end that looks decent has been much easier than I thought.  Also the icons of font-awesome and bootstrap are awesome and also very easy to use.
  • We seem to have gotten the Twitter login working
    Starting with only allowing users to create accounts via Twitter has a couple of advantages; It’s quick to build, robust and makes it a little bit easier to spot spammers.
  • Wrote texts
    That was a bit more work than I expected. There is still some work in that area.

What home will look like

static_home_3

Up next:

  • Get more pages working
    The static front-end of most pages is there, like the write review and edit account. But as the prototype is improving we’ll probably see more pages and states we need to build.
  • Get search working
    In the beginning search will be very simple, and probably will only find charity pages.
  • Figure out a good name
    As a working title we have “Charities we trust”, but I think that will cause problems. If someone visits the site and enters on a specific charity page, this person might think we endorse the charity since we say ‘we trust’ them.
  • Tweak all the details
    There is a whole lot of texts, code and other work that needs to be one..

Here’s visualization on the work what has been done so far.

Made with gource.

Soon I’ll hope to be able to share a link to an early prototype :)

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