There is a challenge on the Drupal site to create a simple "brochureware" site with about 5 pages. I thought it might be good to do that and document what I do here. It might even be a good addition to my "Cookbook."
The challenge and background are here: Site configuration challenge: corporate brochure.
The goals are:
- An About Page
- A Contact Us Form
- A Products (or services page)
- A simple front page with two paragraphs about your company and contact information plus a sidebar with links on the right or left which link to headlines from your five latest news articles
- A news page with news articles about press releases, events and news.
My initial thoughts are:
The "Contact Us" page is very simple - we'll use the built-in Drupal contact form with a few departments listed.
I think I'll attack the "two paragraphs on the front page" and "About Us" as a single item using a story with a two paragraph teaser. I've never seen this done, but it sounds interesting to me.
The sidebar links to 5 latest news articles would be a block.
At first blush, I'm thinking that I'll do the news page and products page much the same way, using taxonomy to group stories.
One thing that was not mentioned in the challenge was overall layout and branding of the site. So I'll start with a core theme, and probably "tweak" it a little when I've accomplished the main goals. This is not the way I'd do it in the real world, but this is a "learning" exercise.