Patty Gay Final Project- First Draft

Table of Contents
Project Information
Introduction
Purpose
Audience
Building the Site
Problems Encountered
Future Development

Project: Marco & Co Catering Website

Start Date: October 19, 2008
End Date: December 11,2008
Project Creator: Patty Gay
Contact:
Patty Gay, General Manager
Marco & Co Catering
Corpus Christi, Texas
(361)537-9995

Introduction
In developing this website, I did some research on some catering websites, from fancy flash animation to simple use of html. Two that stuck out for me were:Taste Catering,Gian Marco Catering . Both had there high and low points, so I took some cues from both sites.

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Purpose
My purpose for developing the website is to make on-line order placing possible and to give prospective catering clients somewhere to check out the photo scrapbooks and have a way to get contact information.

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Audience
Prospective catering clients, anyone wishing to place on-line food delivery orders.

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Building the Site
Knowing it would be difficult to accomplish the task on my own, I hired a web design comapny to execute my vision. All the design elements are mine as well as the theme and navigation of the site. I also wrote all the copy on the site. I wanted the home page to be limited, according to our studies this semester, providing only the basic information, as well as a fun quote that I hoped would show the accessibilty we want to portray on-line.

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Problems Encountered
Working with a design company can be difficult, because your vision may not neccessarily be communicated properly and you don't end up with what you wanted. It is important to stand firm and make sure that you get everything you want. We are still currently in the process of doing some changes and upgrades to the site. The shopping cart has proven to be challenging because of my insistence that on-line ordering be a process with many steps, and not just a fill-in-the-blank order page, so it is still not up.

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Future Development
There are still some formatting issues that need to be resolved, such as increasing the font size on the menus, I believe they are too small. Obviously, continued work on the shopping cart, expansion of company employee bios, as well as the photo scrapbooks. Not all of the roll-overs are functional and the background page will be changed from white to a more pleasing color (tbd).

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