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New Year, New Website

Published on 11/01/18

Alongside the New Year comes the opportunity to start afresh. When it comes to websites especially, sometimes it’s best to take a new approach to things. For school website design, however, it can be particularly difficult to change the way that you want it to look and function.

It is, of course, important to realise that many different people will be using the site, so ensuring that it is suitable everyone is vital. It is also imperative that the site works well and is used in the way that it was designed to be used. Whether you think that your current website works or not, if it’s not engaging and appealing enough, it may be time to have a rethink. However, it can be difficult to know what changes are best to make in the new year, but here are some that we recommend.

Ensure That Your Website is Social

Currently one of the most popular ways to share news is through social media, it’s proven to be a quick and easy way to share information. By ensuring that your website is social it could help both students and teachers keep up to date with events and news.

It’s often quicker to find and read something through social media and as this is the 21st century, students and staff rely more and more on getting their news through these different platforms. It also guarantees that more people will see the information that you’re putting out.

Create Separate Areas

By offering separate spaces for the different users of the website, it is much easier to ensure that everyone has access to the right information. It also helps those looking on the site to navigate and find what it is they are looking for specifically.

Governors and stakeholders need to communicate with each other, as do students. By creating separate spaces it can help everyone to communicate in a safe and appropriate environment. When it comes to students, safety is paramount, and it can often be overlooked when designing a school website.

School Website Design Should be User-Friendly

It’s important that any school website should be user-friendly and attractive, whilst it might be doing what you want it to do, it could be attracting more people. If a website looks attractive and easy to use, then more people may visit.

User-friendliness is extremely important. For teachers, a strong, easy-to-use content management system will help things to run more smoothly in the classroom. Similarly, if students cannot manoeuvre the website in an easy way then they may decide not to use it in the future. Creating a friendly website can also ensure that students feel comfortable and safe when they are using it.