How to Build a Project Landing Page

Like a Portfolio landing page, a project landing page is a map for your visitors. The problem is that each project will require a different kind of map, especially if your projects lean toward an experimental or nonlinear expression. There are three ways you can approach constructing your project's landing page:

1. Build it within your content management system (CMS) such as Wordpress or Weebly.

If you want to stay within your Wordpress install, you will have to look for a theme that supports multiple menus and page templates. The theme "Portfolio" is a good, basic choice that gives you both good default options and a set of templates for different types of pages. To create a navigation menu, like in the portfolio landing page, you will have to create the pages beforehand, then add them in using the Appearance>Menu tab. If your theme allows multiple menus, then you will be able to create them using the Menu Locations tab and dragging pages within your new menu widget. You should also consider making your static pages "child pages" of the project's main page. To do this, in the add or edit page window, chose a parent page from the "Page Attributes" widget. If you plan to do your project page entirely within Wordpress, you will have to do a little work, learning how themes, categories, widgets, and plugins work. If your project landing page only requires a description or a few links or media, then this option will work.
2. Build another domain elsewhere (another or Weebly account).
This method requires the least amount of effort to build. All you need to do is build another site the same way you built your main site and then link to the new site from your old site. You can add an external link to menus in both Wordpress and Weebly, so this project could be featured in your main navigation, and you have the ability to work in a straightforward, easy environment while being able to change the themes, plugins, and capabilities of your Wordpress or Weebly site. You will need to save two logins, with two unique email addresses for Wordpress and the free version of Weebly.
3. Build a new domain through Wordpress or Weebly and link to it from your main domain.
If you have server space and are using Wordpress (or another open source CMS--sorry Weebly users!), you can always [[getting_started:creating_a_subdomain_for_a_class|create a subfolder on your server and install another instance of Wordpress on it]]. This is, believe it or not, not nearly as hard as creating a project page within your Wordpress or Weebly site. It gives you the benefits of familiar software and allows you to dramatically change the look of the project's pages, while retaining the flexibility of endlessly customizing your project site.
4. Build it from scratch and place it in a subdomain folder on your server.
Finally, if you find Weebly or Wordpress too constricting, you can just create a page from a different system or from scratch by creating a directory within your public_html folder either installing something else (such as Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, or Omeka) in it or uploading some HTML, PHP, Javascript, and CSS files.

Whatever you do, remember that this is still a landing page and should make your project navigable (if not comprehensible) to your visitors.