Hi there! This will be my first post of many, was looking for a good forum to learn what I need to pull my website idea together, and this seems like a great place to do it!
I have a little experience in everything... Not enough to be collaborative however, so I would like to start anew.
I have included a rough sketch of my Home Page, I will explain the elements and how I wish them to behave, if you guys could point me in the right direction to make this happen it would be greatly appreciated!!
Starting with the header, I would like a graphical logo (which I am capable of making) then will be the website name displayed.
Followed by a search bar, that I want the users to be able to choose whether they are searching the website for something, or if they want to search the web.
Finally I would like the Login Area. The Login will log them into the website, where they can claim rewards on their account, and buy products.
In the Navigation Menu I would like to somehow tie the tabs PC and Consoles together with the words "Walkthroughs". I suppose I need advice on how to go about getting a Menu Entirely.
I would like the Featured News slot to be interchangeable, where I can input an Image and a short description that can be clicked on and will redirect the user to its page. This can be a still image, does not need to be revolving at all. To the right will be Ads, whether it will be Google Adsense or Paid Subscriptions will be decided later.
The spotlight area:
The top portion will have an image that pertains to the title and description that is next to it, right below it will be a few more images that can be clicked on and viewed in the spotlight area. (The little thumbs will take the place of the bigger thumb above them, and when the bigger thumb or title is clicked will redirect user to that page)
The News/Forum Topics area:
I would like this area to be split, rather I would like the top of it to be split. The information displayed in the rest of the area will be updated depending on which is clicked (News or Forum Topics).
I will be buying/making rewards for users, I would like a showcase window displayed in the fashion I have shown. Where the images revolve, the center image being displayed bigger than the rest, with a slight description below the selected image. More Ads on the right
Straightforward I would like to display product images, fairly small with price underneath them, user can click the image and it will take them to its page on the store where they can read more about it and purchase it.
A split area as shown, where two affiliates can fit. Each half will be a link to their website.
The Haven will be another website entirely, which I will describe later, as I will need much help with it as well. However for now it can remain a picture. I assume all it will need to be is hyper linked to the proper area later.
So! If you guys could get me started, I have noticed the large amount of resources here, I however need to know what I should start studying to make my dream happen! Any ideas, advice, critiques? Please let me know!