What do schools get?
Below is an expandable list of the features and services included in the website deal. Just click on any subject to get more information.
There are many companies who offer low-cost websites in a variety of ways, but we pride ourselves on creating attractive and professional, up-gradable website designs on a budget. Our schools offering is tailored to give a professional and modern look for an extremely competitive price.
Updatable (CMS) Website
We are WordPress experts. Our websites are created with the WordPress Content Management System (CMS) platform. This enables you to add, edit or delete pages and blog posts. You can also easily manage your websites navigation. We provide an hour of training when the site is handed over to you so that you can, if you wish, manage your own website.
Upon completion of your training you will be able to add, edit and remove content as and when you want for no extra charge. We are of course happy to do any such work for you, for an additional fee, but we are aware of the budgetary concerns of schools and how important it is for you to retain ownership and full control of your site. The WordPress CMS allows simple ease of use and allows you as the site owner to be in full control at all times – one of many reasons why WordPress powers more websites than any other CMS in the world today.
5 Pages to Start You Off
Five pages is more than enough to make a good impression, to share details about your school, to display your events and achievements, to offer commonly used forms for download and self printing, to allow parents to contact you and to share Blog posts. You will be able to add as many pages and posts as you like yourself for no additional cost after training.
There are two main reasons for having a website. One is to inform visitors about services, products, the brand or to simply provide information. The other is to provide a portal where visitors can get in touch for help or more information. We include a contact form, contact details and a Google Map on the contact page. This will make it easy for any pupils or parents (current or prospective) to contact you. Many of your existing students and parents will use your contact page as a quick way to look up your contact details.
For many companies putting up a blog post every so often is merely a good way to boost their site in Google Search rankings. This is due to their algorithms giving sites with new, or newly updated, content a boost in the rankings.
For schools however it is more than this, it is an important way to share the schools news, to act as a bulletin for parents, and to promote the school by displaying it’s activities and achievements on a regular basis.
Our system allows you to create users who can write Blog posts for your school site whenever they wish, but for you to retain control over which of them can self-publish their posts (eg Teachers) and which need to have them approved before publication (eg students). During training we will cover the creation and publishing of Blog posts.
The world moves fast for children, they grow physically and mentally at a great rate. With each school year comes a new set of children and challenges, and our sites allow you to update media whenever you wish – of course, for no extra fee.
Be this swapping out class photos, updating teacher profiles, showing off the children’s work (or play!) in photos or video, sharing presentations or updating forms and documentation which parents may need. This makes it nice and easy to keep everything up-to-date and allows parents to see what is going on and to source forms/paperwork themselves from the site for self-printing rather than having to collect them from the office. Another benefit of forms being downloadable by parents is that it helps to cut office printing costs.
Show off that recent school tour! Or day out, or sports day, or nativity play, or… well, whatever you want!
A gallery is a quick, simple and easy way to show off any photos you wish of your school and pupils – just select the images and upload them. So easy and quick it can even be done from a mobile phone before the kids even get home from an outing!
Social Media Buttons
Social Media is here to stay, it makes it very easy for people to communicate and share information, stories, pictures and links. If you wish to do so we can include either one of both of social media sharing buttons and ‘follow’ buttons linked to your schools social media accounts.
By including social media share buttons, visitors can easily share content on social media which allows parents to make one another aware of updates regarding events their children participated in or achievements of the school.
By including social media follow buttons, visitors can easily follow your social media accounts in order to stay up to date with your offerings if your school has its own social media accounts.
Mobile Friendly Design
All of our websites are mobile and tablet responsive. Typically, 50% to 75% of website traffic (depending on the time of day) comes via mobile and tablet devices, with younger users generally having a preference towards mobile. No site should have to compromise on design on one format to allow it to work on others. Being mobile responsive is also important for Google Search ranking and driving your school to the top of appropriate search results.
Google Maps are clear, interactive, have routing abilities and help people to find you – an essential feature for any school. Making it easier to be found by any visitors the school may have saves time for everyone and helps avoid lost visitors when special events are being run.
Home Page Slideshow
A slideshow of images is a good way to display multiple products, services or anything else your business may wish to highlight.
- Up to 5 images
- Up to 5 images with overlaid short call-to-action phrases and links to pages within the site
- A single, large, high-impact image of their key product(s) or premises that doesn’t move
Google Analytics/SEO ready
Google Analytics helps you understand your websites traffic – where it comes from, popular pages, how long people spend on the site, etc. SEO helps to get a good placing in Google Search results – and brings you business from both people who know your company by name and those who do not. Google Analytics code will be inserted into your website to enable you to track your traffic. You must provide us with a Google email address to access these statistics.
One Hour of Training
There are many aspects of the site and its CMS which people without previous exposure to the behind the scenes parts of a website may be unfamiliar with. An hour of training is included to help you make the most of your site. This can be done at our training centre in Mallow, Co. Cork, via Skype, or at your school for an additional travel fee.
Advice and Guidance
We are experts in Web Design and Development, and we want you to succeed. By giving you some advice and guidance we hope to increase your ability to make best use of the site and to be as self-sufficient as you wish to be. We include 4 hours of telephone support for if you run into any problems, wish to query us or remind yourself on the usage of any aspect of the site.
1 Year of Hosting and domain registration (optional)
You may already have a hosting provider. If you don’t, or if you wish to change hosting providers, we offer our own hosting with no added cost for a period of one year. The hosting is a bonus which we hope helps some schools to make the leap online. After the first year, hosting will be charged at €60 plus VAT yearly should you choose to stay with us. For the domain, if you do not already have one, we will include this for the first year in the price of the package. If you wish for us to continue the registration of the domain ourselves we shall do so for an annual cost of €35+VAT yearly, or we can transfer it to you to self-manage for no extra cost. Together domain and hosting will be €95+VAT yearly.
Please note that hosting and domain registration are not optional services for any website. Whether you use or decline our continued management of these services, both are needed in order to have a website online.
First Year of Cloud Backups and Website Software updates
In order to ensure the best protection of your site and its data we include the first years worth of cloud backups and software updates. Should you wish to continue this service going forwards after the first year we will do so for an annual fee of €135+VAT.