You want your school to stand out from the crowd. Part of what makes a great school is having a smart, well put together website.
Your school’s website should be easy for parents, students and staff to navigate through. You may want parents to be able to see their children’s grades, what classes they’re taking, and if there has been any absences, or lateness. You might want students to be able to see their grades, but also to have access to assignments so they can see whether or not they’ve turned in assignments. Another priority might be easily accessed email addresses for teachers, with links directly to them. Teachers also need ease of access, so they can update grades, input information on assignments, and make adjustments as needed. Administrators should also be able to make changes when they need to, since schools always need to update their announcements, events calendars, and other vital information.
It’s not just about having great access either. Your school’s website needs to be welcoming to anyone using it. This means the school’s mascot and logo should be represented on all the main pages, It should also have pictures and video of events that happen during the year, like sporting events, school dances and other activities. It should also include a page for the school newspaper, since in many cases this offers important tips and information.
The thing about these websites is that they aren’t easy to set up. School officials often think that one of their staff is capable of creating the ideal website, but this can be a big problem. Even with today’s online templates and cheap web domains, it takes time and know-how to be able to create a business website, let alone a school one. There are numerous advantages to using a professional company to build your school’s website.
One of the main advantages to using a professional company is time. Instead of taking months for your staff to come up with a website, a professional company can have it up and running in just a few weeks. Because they’re in the business of creating these websites, they will ask you a lot of questions, some of which you probably didn’t think about, so they can help you create a site that brings people coming back again and again.
Another advantage to hiring a professional to set up your school website is cost. Doing a website on your own is going to cost you money any way you look at it. However it is going to cost you more to either have someone on staff try to do it, because you’ll have to pay them extra, and you are taking them away from the job they were supposed to be doing in the first place. While every school has a limited budget to spend on a website, hiring the cheapest person you find isn’t a good idea. They are not going to take the time to do a quality job, and it may cost you more money to have someone else fix it. With a professional, only high quality design is allowed, so you can be assured your money is well spent.
If you are a school looking to develop your own website, there are some things you need to know. One is that you really need to find a website developer that specializes in just school websites, and that have years of experience doing it. You also want a designer that allows you to be involved with the design and creation. There’s nothing worse than spending all this time and money telling a designer what you want and they come up with something completely different. You also want a designer that has a strong reputation for creating high quality school sites, and has a large portfolio with great examples of their work.
You also want a designer that has great customer service, and is available when you need them. If you discover there is a problem, no matter what it may be, you should be able to contact the company immediately, and not just through an online chat or email. You need to have this problem fixed fast, having to deal with a bunch of extensions or recorded voices just won’t do.
These are just some of the things to look for in a professional website builder. You want your school’s website to not only be the best, but take you school to the next level in online exposure. You can find a number of resources online to help you find the right school website designer.
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