I’ve been tasked with creating an English sutta website that needs to be simple enough for children to use. Of course, children may actually be better at using websites than adults, so if it is a better frame: simple enough for monks who never use the internet to use.
Here are the considerations…
- English translations of Pali only. No source texts in Pali.
- One translation for each sutta (i.e. not multiple translators)
- Translations will be relatively static
- It will have complete translations of 6 books of the KN to start
- It will unlikely ever be complete for the first four Nikayas, probably not more than 20%
- 99% sure I will use Wordpress. 110% sure will not use Github
For navigation, my thought was to have a side bar similar to SC (although much, much simpler). What I’m not sure about is if the side bar should go down to the sutta level or not. Could get ugly.
The other aspect of navigation I had in mind was a tag system. I’m not sure how it would work in WP, but my idea was to have three types of tags: Topic, Names, and Similes. Each sutta would display any relevant tags at the bottom of each sutta allowing for exploration. Then I would hope to somehow have index pages to display the tags. I’m not sure how to create an index from tags, but with WP anything seems possible.
So, if anyone can share ideas with me or even just ask questions, that would be a big help. Feel free to throw at me all your complaints about how other sutta websites are organized so I can avoid those problems.
EDIT: Please note that this is not going to be a children’s website. It needs to be simple enough for children to use. And the translations will be simple enough for children to understand, but likewise simple enough for non-native English speakers to use. This thread does not need to discuss the legal implications related to working with children. I am well aware of those things and would ensure that all precautions would be followed.