Roles: Consultant, Volunteer Designer, Developer
Duration: 7 weeks
Summary: I had the opportunity to volunteer and build a website for Ania Grimone. She is a health and life coach, and owner of Mastering Transitions Coaching. The target group for this website is for anyone seeking a life coach. The goal is to have visitors learn what coaching can do for them and sign up for a session. Visitors can learn about Ania’s practice and what she does, how coaching can help them, and read about what they can gain as one of her potential clients. They can also do tasks such as request an appointment, engage in blog content, and subscribe to a newsletter.
Mastering Transitions Coaching is a company providing training, education and resources to facilitate for its clients, the management of difficult personal and professional events, and transitions. We focus on developing human potential, fostering resilience, emotional fitness and maximum resourcefulness to help people successfully navigate change.
What I did: I completely redesigned her old WordPress website using the Agile / Waterfall process due to urgency and time constraint. I actively worked with her by continuously gathering the requirements, receiving feedback, and making the necessary changes. I made a product vision board, features list, and a weekly status report to keep track of the issues, the tasks we’ve accomplished for the week, and the plan for the next week along with questions up for discussion. The theme we used is a page builder so everything was made from scratch. I helped her build the site’s structure with wireframing and for the homepage, I provided her with several designs to choose from. I tested every feature that was implemented such as the forms, and made sure they were working as expected and how she wanted it. I also tweaked and made double-checks on both mobile and iPad views to make sure everything was responsive. In the end, I made a WordPress training guide for her so she can maintain her website.
Screenshots of the BEFORE:
Screenshots of the AFTER:
I learned to implement new features such as linking an optin box to an AWeber list for sending/receiving newsletters, and linking an eBook using AWS-S3 Storage for hosting. I also helped solve issues by doing the research and then informing the client. I got to practice my expertise by listening to the client’s wants and issues, and happily providing her with a solution. For example, Ania wanted her contact forms to automatically subscribe people to her newsletter once they hit the submit button, and that’s what I did. Once we tested, we realized that there’s a problem because if the user submits a form, they are not asking to be subscribers. A solution I suggested is to design a brand new page where users can subscribe to her newsletter and have a link for it on the contact form’s feedback message. I am happy that we were able to work together and help improve the user experience for new visitors. Overall, I’m proud of myself for handling the situation well, and for responding and working proactively to meet client requests. I am grateful I had the opportunity to work with a real client and be mentored by Professor Chase whenever I needed the advice or help.
Tools used: WordPress, Axure RP, AWeber, AWS-S3 Storage, Divi by Elegant Themes