State Of The Art 2017 Websites For Schools With Content Management
We provide a range of state of the art designs for school websites in Ireland. These include the ability to provide news updates, publish student work, publish timetables and publish events, among many other things.
We have a range of beautiful sample websites you can explore with the links below. Also you can read below about all the important things when considering a new website for school. Bear in mind, we only build school websites.
Why do you need a new website from ComputingAtSchools.ie?
If you are considering getting a new website built for your school, you will most likely be in one of two situations. Either you do have a website or you don’t.
If you do have a website, then either it is outdated or it is difficult to use. Neither of these situations is uncommon, as the internet has evolved very quickly and even websites that were built just a few short years ago have become outdated already, especially if they are not (a) mobile-friendly (b) easy to make changes to you by you and the teaching staff in your school.
If you do not have a website, then it is probably about time that you got one, as it is certainly expected of any school in 2017.We are going to run through some of the main things you need from a school website these days and we will make a strong case for our own “Computing At Schools” custom built websites.
The majority of things you need from a modern school website these days fall under three main headings: Style, Purpose and Functionality. I am going to expand on each element here and how they apply to your school.
FIRST THING YOU NEED FROM A SCHOOL WEBSITE: STYLE
MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION
First things first, your website needs to make a good impression of your school. You expect your teaching staff and pupils to be well-presented and you need to expect the same of your website. For a lot of people, the first things they know about your school will be from website. New prospective parents will immediately search the web to find out more when considering a school for their children. Parents of current students will also be looking for your website online and will immediately form an impression of the school and it’s management based on how well the website looks. Imagine you were thinking of where to send your own child to school. Of course you will “google” the school and form an immediate impression based on what you find there.
SHOW YOU'RE A MODERN SCHOOL
The second reason why your website style needs to be impressive is that you want to portray your school as a modern school. These days, modern technology including the internet plays a more and more important role not only in our lives, but also in the lives of our children. We want them to receive the most modern form of education possible, so that they are equipped for the life and economy of the future. Imagine you had a child in the local school and you went on to their website. If the website was very slow to load, looked very dated or wasn’t mobile friendly, you might start to think that your child’s school was slow to adjust to modern technology. This might not be the case, but as we all know – first impressions last.
WITH A MOBILE FRIENDLY SITE
The final reason why your website style needs to be modern is because of the massive changes on the internet over the last few years. The whole web is becoming “mobile-friendly” and higher and higher percentage of internet traffic is coming from mobile-users. If your website was built even just a few short years ago, it may not be mobile friendly. Busy parents trying to access your school website while out and about may find it very awkward to navigate your site on a mobile device. Modern “responsive” technology on websites is the new standard of best practice for websites. It is called responsive because the website “responds” to the device you are on by resizing the pages and making them user-friendly. Every website we build is responsive.
SECOND ROLE OF A SCHOOL WEBSITE: FUNCTIONALITY
EDIT YOUR OWN PAGES EASILY
In the past, being able to update your own webpages yourself was considered very advanced technology and you could end up paying an arm and a leg for the privilege. Not only that, it was very complicated with all sorts of different things you needed to do before your changes were done. These days, it is much easier. You can simply log in with a username and password, click edit on the page you want to change, make your changes like you were changing a word document and then click save. It is as simple as that. Despite being that simple, we know that you may still find it difficult or may even think of yourself as “allergic to technology”. That is why we have put together step-by-step guides for you on how to update your site and even a series of video tutorials going through the very basics, even just how and where to type in your username and password. Also, don’t worry, we will restrict everyone’s permissions, so you won’t be able to “break” the website. Nobody will, we will keep it safe from harm, even keep it safe from “mistakes”, don’t worry.
WE ONLY BUILD SCHOOL SITES
One of the major benefits of having a school website built by Computing At Schools is that we only build school websites and we have a background in the education sector. Steve was a secondary school maths and computing teacher for 5 years, before retiring to pursue internet business; while Trevor completed his H-Dip and Masters in primary school education in Ireland before setting up a group of courses dedicated to improving computing skills of schoolchildren in Ireland. For these reasons and others, we have a lot of on-the-ground experience within the busy workings of Irish schools and we know what are the main things a school needs from a website. We have thought long and hard about how to make it as easy as possible for a school to use their website and we have designed what we like to think of as the “perfect school website setup”. This allows schools to update and make changes to their website easily and also allows us to control access to the website easily so that new teachers can be trained up and given access, while teachers that have left can be denied access.
SHOWCASE YOUR STUDENT WORK
Springing from this “perfect school website” idea is the ability for your school to upload images, video and articles which showcase all the goings on in your school. Also, the website will take the content that you add to it, and will automatically make it look pretty. It will organise your images as a nice display, whether it’s in a gallery page or a featured article. The website will also convert your articles to the fonts and colour scheme we have set up for the site so that the styling remains consistent and impressive. Just imagine being able to upload a gallery of images from recent projects done by your students. Parents, grandparents, friends and students will be able to check in on your website and take pride in the work completed. This will enhance the community feeling in your school.
THIRD PART OF A SCHOOL WEBSITE: PURPOSE
SCHOOL VALUES & HISTORY
Firstly, you will be able to portray the values and history upon which your school was set up. This is important for prospective/current parents so that they can understand the ethos of your school.
Secondly, you will be able to give general information about the school, including current teaching staff and subjects being taught. Also, any stakeholders will be able to find your contact details easily.
UPDATE YOUR COMMUNITY
Thirdly, you will be able to update the school community with news of events, sports, important dates in the school calendar and any other interesting information that you wish.
THE COMPUTING AT SCHOOLS WEBSITE PACKAGE
We hope you can see the many reasons why it will be useful for you and your school to have a modern responsive website that you can edit yourself. We want you to be in a position where you have a school website that you are proud of and provides a good impression of your school. We also want you to be in a position where you and your school staff can easily update the website confidently with support and that your entire school community finds it easy to locate, navigate and use your website. We can provide you with a website and hosting package that enables all of that to become a reality. We will work with you carefully to identify features which matter most to you and will continue to work with you until you are nothing short of delighted with your new website and the management interface.