I have been given access to a very large library of technical articles (over 1,000 total). A nationally recognized author is up in age and wants to see his work live on. The topics are timeless and will remain informative more many years to come. The author wants the articles to be downloadable at no charge, but will allow me to sell advertising on the site to support my cost and make a small profit. We are in the process of placing the articles in 10 separate categories. We would like the ability to search the articles by category and keyword. I currently have the Education Theme. My question is this. Is Education the best theme for this type of articles library site or are there any additional suggestions?
My personal opinion would be “no” on the education theme. You have a lot of articles and categories. If this were my project, I would have to ask myself several questions. 1) Is the site going to be just a “repository” for these documents? 2) Will the documents be placed up there in full content or excerpt with a download button? 3) Do you plan on using the featured images function to add thumbnail images to the content. 4) Who is the intended audience and/or users (i.e., younger more internet savvy or older less internet savvy)? I asked #4 because younger, more internet savvy could embrace a responsive design, while older, less internet savvy would find responsiveness challenging.
If it were me, I’d start by using something like Eleven40, Mocha, Quattro – but it’s hard to say since I don’t know the subject matter. That comes in to play also.
Thank you, for your excellent response. Yes there is much to consider.
Audience will be working firefighters and police offices
Yes we would like to provide and excerpt with a download button of the full article in .pdf format
Few images, mainly text.
Want to use advertisement
Yes a responsive design is important, especially with tablets.
Oh, then I would definitely (as my preference) would use one of the others. You’d have much more online “real estate” (layout structure) to play around with, especially if you want to run ads.
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