Over the past week and a half, we’ve been hard at work building out our live site. It’s coming together!
Above is a screenshot of our current home page. The styling isn’t complete, but our final site will look similar. We’re using a plug-in called Uber Menus to help us create the navigation system.
When you hover over any of the main menu categories, a submenu appears with the more specific menu items. Our site has lots of varied content, and this menu system is helping us to organize all our information. This menu is one of the features that we’ll be testing with our usability tests next week.
The screenshot above is an example of one of our legal content pages. There are many laws that are relevant to Indian senior citizens. We’re parsing apart the legal content to create pages of information that are easy to navigate and understand.
This is our question-and-answer page in its current state. With this feature, senior citizens and their families can post a question about medical, legal, or other issues, and an expert provided by Nightingales will post a timely response. We are still working on the styling, organization, and language of this page but it is functional at this point. Users will be able to sort the questions by category, recency, and the number of up-votes.
Currently, we’re tackling the last two features that require more technical coding. Our “Finding Services” page will ideally pull a user’s location to show them eldercare services located near to them on a Google map plug-in. One of the biggest challenges of this feature is that locations in India do not have standard addresses. Many people use landmarks to navigate. This thus makes it difficult to pinpoint an exact location on a map. (Check out the Urban Informatics GIEP project to learn more about these challenges!). Eldercare organizations will be able to create a listing for their organization and enter their address. Tom is working on some code that will put their address from the listing and create a pinpoint on a Google map.
The other feature we are working on is user accounts. We will have two different classes of users on the site: senior citizens and their families, and eldercare organizations. The two different user groups will have unique capabilities on the site. For example, eldercare organizations will be able to create listings of their services, but senior citizens and their families will not have access to create a listing. Rachel is configuring these user accounts.
Once we have these features in working order, our site will be fully functional and it will be time for styling, user testing, and tweaking!