+ Post New Thread
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 16 to 29 of 29
General Chat Thread, Do any of your schools outsource their websites? in General; One of my schools went with a firm that quoted one thing, built a site and then it sat there ...
  1. #16
    contink's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    South Yorkshire
    Posts
    3,791
    Thank Post
    303
    Thanked 327 Times in 233 Posts
    Rep Power
    118
    One of my schools went with a firm that quoted one thing, built a site and then it sat there with no content updates despite a contract to do so... When the domain name ran out they didn't renew until the head, prompted by me requested a transfer. They ignored the transfer request, renewed and sent a bill for another years hosting (stupid money!).

    Since then the site has died the company has pretty much died too and so it goes... I'd definitely recommend looking at the Joomla option but make sure you do some training on how to create the articles and potentially do as Plexer did and get someone else in to get all the initial graft sorted.

  2. #17
    Friez's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    839
    Thank Post
    22
    Thanked 22 Times in 21 Posts
    Rep Power
    23
    We were outsourced to a company with regard to our website despite having extensive in-house expertise to do exactly the same at much less expense. Yes, we do outsource but no, we don't agree with the decision.

  3. #18
    Sirbendy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    2,298
    Thank Post
    8
    Thanked 202 Times in 153 Posts
    Rep Power
    109
    We don't...I don't see the point. Doing the jobs page takes a few minutes, updating can be done on the WYSIWYG site editor. Admittedly, we don't use any packages or whatever...it's a basic SHTML setup. Quick, simple, to the point.

    It'll eventually be joined up to the VLE, but for now it's more than enough..I'm just looking at image galleries and bolting a webcam feed for the new site into it.
    Last edited by Sirbendy; 19th May 2008 at 11:08 AM.

  4. #19
    mark80's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Derbyshire
    Posts
    213
    Thank Post
    24
    Thanked 11 Times in 9 Posts
    Rep Power
    16
    Quote Originally Posted by Gibbo View Post
    We've just created a new site, only to find our hoster (DigitalBrain) can only support HTML.
    I shouldnt laugh but , where is that hosted? 1984?

  5. #20
    Andie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Cambridgeshire
    Posts
    794
    Thank Post
    167
    Thanked 66 Times in 49 Posts
    Rep Power
    29
    Our school, and a lot of local secondary and primary schools, have gone with a company called e4education. They design and build, and then train you to add content. We outsourced because of lack of time and expertise mainly. I won't say that it has the quickest or most foolproof method of updating, but the site does look good and the company provide email/phone support which usually sorts out any problems or rethinks with design quickly. We can pay using e-learning credits at the moment (until they disappear). Sorry, can't give you the annual cost. Their website, with examples of their work, is here

  6. #21
    Sirbendy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    2,298
    Thank Post
    8
    Thanked 202 Times in 153 Posts
    Rep Power
    109
    Quote Originally Posted by mark80 View Post
    I shouldnt laugh but , where is that hosted? 1984?
    Good god, is DigitalBrain not dead yet?

  7. #22
    Ben_Stanton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Hertfordshire
    Posts
    439
    Thank Post
    9
    Thanked 15 Times in 14 Posts
    Rep Power
    18
    We pay some company x amount (reasonable) for the hosting and they also provide the front end. It's asp so database driven, it's actually our Receptionist that updates it on an almost daily basis. Easy to use, anybody could do it.

  8. #23
    Sirbendy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    2,298
    Thank Post
    8
    Thanked 202 Times in 153 Posts
    Rep Power
    109
    Ahh..Prestel and acoustic couplers...those were the days..

  9. #24

    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Devon
    Posts
    1,041
    Thank Post
    226
    Thanked 63 Times in 56 Posts
    Rep Power
    29
    Ours is outsourced to a local company, did set us back a fair bit in the first place but the response has been brilliant and we have managed to get pupils join just from viewing it (independant school).

    We do all the content updates in house, although the women in charge always ends up messing it up so have to fix it every few months.

  10. #25

    Edu-IT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    7,114
    Thank Post
    403
    Thanked 619 Times in 566 Posts
    Rep Power
    180
    Quote Originally Posted by SeanVin View Post
    We out-sourced our web site because we simply did not have the time or expertise to do it ourselves, the hardest part was choosing the supplier. After that it went very smoothly, we gave them some ideas, they came up with a design, we asked them to tweak it and they built the site. The process took about two weeks. It took us another 2 weeks to upload the content. It is a CMS which our [non-techie] Copy and Design Manager keeps up to date. We also pay for hosting so I donít have to worry about DMZs, reverse proxies, back-ups or redundancy. If we have a problem or want to tweak the design, up until now it has been sorted within an hour. You can see the result at Northgate High School, and I can whole heartedly recommend INCO (INCO Software Solutions)
    That's a pretty nice site.

  11. Thanks to Edu-IT from:

    SeanVin (20th May 2008)

  12. #26

    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    11
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    Im pretty amazed at how schools are ripped off! Many web design companies will do a nice site for £500 - £1500, I just cannot believe people pay £5000+!

    I think as soon as they see school, they think money, especially as they are funded by the government.

  13. #27

    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Leicestershire
    Posts
    60
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 9 Times in 4 Posts
    Rep Power
    17
    Thanks for all your advice, guys. I am approaching some of the companies mentioned for a chat and a quote.

  14. #28

    Edu-IT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    7,114
    Thank Post
    403
    Thanked 619 Times in 566 Posts
    Rep Power
    180
    Web Design Leicester | Leicestershire Website Design

    This company may be local to you.

  15. #29

    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Norfolk
    Posts
    157
    Thank Post
    21
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
    Rep Power
    15
    ours has been designed by TheIngots, and we are currently adding stuff to it. It uses Drupal, and is very easy to do!!

    HERE is our "temporary" address until we can get it hosted on our own servers. Its by no means as good as some (Sean, your's is quite nice for Northgate) but it does the job....now only if staff would support me by give me information to put on it....

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Similar Threads

  1. Proxy Websites
    By robert.mabbutt in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 12th June 2008, 12:37 PM
  2. IE 7 + ISA + Websites
    By Newton in forum Windows
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 18th April 2008, 04:05 PM
  3. Can access most websites but not all
    By SimpleSi in forum General Chat
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 19th February 2008, 11:19 PM
  4. Malicious Websites
    By sqdge in forum School ICT Policies
    Replies: 55
    Last Post: 23rd June 2007, 06:16 PM
  5. Spooky Websites
    By ninjabeaver in forum Jokes/Interweb Things
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 28th June 2005, 08:52 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •