Seeking understanding and tools I need to design a homepage that is a dynamic bar chart.
September 15, 2011 10:37 AM Subscribe
This weekend I'm setting up a website for an academic event. I'd like the homepage of the site to have large, clickable progress bars that display the number of posts for each of the subpages (News & Announcements, Blog, Events, etc.). As more posts are added to each of the subpages (posts would likely be sorted and displayed by category and tag), its respective progress bar takes up more screen real estate and the tally count listed on/near it increases. Basically, I want the homepage to look like a giant, dynamic bar chart. Is there a freeware (or cheap) template, widget or piece of code that allows me to do this?
posted by iamkimiam to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
One aspect of the event theme is visualization and free, easy implementation of available tools, so we want to create the event (website, etc.) in the same form. And I have no budget. I could also use all the help, suggestions and resources I can find for how to hack apart an almost-there template (oh, where are you, almost-there template?), including which platform (Blogger or Wordpress) would be best suited for doing this. For example, doing something similar in the past, I remember there was a browser tool that let you change the code and see the result as you codey-changy...what was that called? What other tools do I need?
My plan is to hunker down this weekend and build this thing (and learn a bunch of other things in the process). I have a well-defined design layout/plan. I'm also rudimentarily familiar with both blogging platforms, widgets, basic HTML, SQL, some CSS and computer/internet things more generally.