LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT US:
At Ontario Solar Academy (www.solaracademy.ca), we are passionate about solarizing Ontario, and we want the redesign of our solar training Web site to convey that we are Canada's premier professional solar training institute, and we are our enthusiastic about sustainability and clean, free energy. This is our central site, but we have 5-10 other in development as well. Win us over with this redesign and be our go to designer as we expand and develop new sites, including www.ontariosolarnetwork.com (our next most pressing site).
If you want to submit examples for this site (in addition to our main site), please go ahead.
HERE IS WHAT WE NEED:
Designs for use on WordPress
We require a fluid-width WordPress-ready template that can support design of numerous widgets (calendars, recent posts, members log-in, registration, etc).
The colors should promote solar energy (and clean technology). Our various logos use different combinations of gold, black, and white (see attached).
We'd like to keep the design as clean and crisp as possible, making intuitive navigation our #1 priority. We have 14 parent menu items, some with children.
We really like images (ours and stock), because they capture people's attention and keep them on the site, so we're looking for layouts that feature compelling graphics (we'll select the photos, but just use stock images for now).
We also would like to have 3 columns.
L-column would be navigation followed by widgets/plug-ins...if you can fit all 14 items horizontally, that might be interesting....we could lose the left column altogether.
Middle column would be content and in-text images
R-column would be all plug-ins (calendar, sign up for newsletter, html ads, testimonials).
Below that, we'd have a footer with copyright info, some extra links, and maybe some extra plugins/widgets.
OUR TARGET AUDIENCE IS:
Anyone who is interested in solar energy and panel installation - companies that are expanding into solar, electrical contractors, roofers, real estate professionals, and those looking to launch a new career in solar energy. Most of our visitors are between the ages of 22 and 60. Most are already industry insiders, and some are 100% new to solar energy.
WE LIKE THESE EXAMPLES:
We are open to many different designs, but the attached represents our best
attempt at creating an outline. All the widgets, photos, and content are
placeholders to give you an idea of where we were going with this. We'd
like you to either improve on this concept or develop something so different
and captivating that it blows us away.
WE ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE THIS IN OUR PIECE:
Fluid width, lots of room for widgets, nice graphics, 3 columns
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