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    Is this too boring...

    My friend's 8 year old told me my site was boring...any ideas how i can brighten it up?!

    Welcome to Harborne Primary School

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    My friend's 8 year old told me my site was boring...any ideas how i can brighten it up?!

    Welcome to Harborne Primary School
    Odd question, why do you not use your own URL instead of having a DNS name of another company?

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    lol good question!

    It's dev site. Cant do it on our bham.sch.uk site because its got hardly any server side language support.

    So a kind edugeek lent me a bit of space to build my site until i sort things my end. Not gonna mention his name, dont want to get told off for advertising!!

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    Well, it doesn't make my eyes bleed with flashy wizzy wassnames and doodas, which I count as a good thing, but an 8 year old may not.

    I guess it all comes down to target audience. Who is the site for? If it's for adults (parents) you are probably about right with what you have. If it's for the kids, then a few more colourful / interesting things might be nice (multiple pics instead of one big one, etc). Different users == different desires, so survey your market a little more widely I'd suggest (assuming that edugeekers aren't your market).

    Best of luck.
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    Not boring at all. It looks great to me. Perhaps the 8 year old is a genius and has the ability and skills to make any improvements they see fit for you - lay down the challenge!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    lol good question!

    It's dev site. Cant do it on our bham.sch.uk site because its got hardly any server side language support.

    So a kind edugeek lent me a bit of space to build my site until i sort things my end. Not gonna mention his name, dont want to get told off for advertising!!
    who Edutech

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    If you are aiming any part of the site at the little darlings you may want to have some links to educational games elsewhere on the internet i found loads for my daughter to use!

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    Kids know where to find games on the internet. They don't need more links. The main purpose of a school website should be to provide up to date information about the school, that is easy to navigate. Which is pretty much what yours does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speckytecky View Post
    Not boring at all. It looks great to me. Perhaps the 8 year old is a genius and has the ability and skills to make any improvements they see fit for you - lay down the challenge!!
    I'd agree with that (well the first bit) - not boring at all, a very well laid out, professional looking site, fit for purpose.

    This is an 8 year old who thought it was boring remember, and it doesn't look to me as though the schools pupils are the primary demographic the website is aimed at. I'd have said that was more parents, prospective parents, governors etc.

    Perhaps if you wanted to focus on making it cool and interesting for the pupils there could be a link at the top (alongside Home | Parents | Curriculum) which links to some more fun stuff based around what the school is doing within the classes at the time this way you can put in links to other websites that you know to be safe for kids? (perhaps in time link to VLE)?

    As mentioned in the quote, get the pupils to help out (maybe not quite as hands on as Speckytecky suggested) but certainly canvass them for opinions and input and get a feel for what they would like to have available from the school website.

    I think it is a well rounded looking website and does what it should at the moment.
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    Thank guys! Feel better now. Comes to something when an 8 year old makes you feel like you've had a kick in the teeth!! I think i was getting a bit paranoid about it. You know when you've stared at something for so long it all becomes bit boring i suppose lol

    And FN-GM....maybe..

    PS: ignore the top of the banner, ive been playing with BG colours lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    My friend's 8 year old told me my site was boring...any ideas how i can brighten it up?!

    Welcome to Harborne Primary School
    I don't think it is boring at all - or at least no more boring that the one I am working on:

    Croeso i Ysgol y Wern : Ystalyfera : Welcome to Ysgol y Wern

    This is the one I am working on for my wife's school website. It's awful when you are not a designer (I'm not). I'm also trying to learn to use Joomla from scratch. Having the Edugeek template has been a godsend.

    Keep going.

    Gareth

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    My friend's 8 year old told me my site was boring...any ideas how i can brighten it up?!

    Welcome to Harborne Primary School
    Which calendar module are you using on the left hand side?

    Gareth

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    Ahh - got it. Just installed it now and am trying to get in installed. It's late and I'm tired and it aint going too well.

    Out of interest - did you join the JEvents Club?

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