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General Chat Thread, Do any of your schools outsource their websites? in General; We are looking into the feasibility of getting a third-party company to create and maintain our website. We are a ...
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    Do any of your schools outsource their websites?

    We are looking into the feasibility of getting a third-party company to create and maintain our website. We are a high school of around 800 pupils aged 10-14.

    Does anyone have any recommendations of companies to approach?

    Many thanks.

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    This irritates me... the one thing I want to do in my job here in school but am not allowed to, and you want to outsource....


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    sorry couldn't resist!

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    I can recommend Brightcode

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    A school near me got somebody to design their website for them but they update it themselves using a content management system. The advantage of this is that the code is nice, it looks professional and it's easy for the school to update/add content themselves without messing up the design.

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    We used the edugeek joomla template but found a local web designer who was familiar with joomla to do the initial site and content.

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    You could use the Edugeek joomla package.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    We used the edugeek joomla template but found a local web designer who was familiar with joomla to do the initial site and content.

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    The college that I am studying at has turned to using Joomla for their new website and it looks great! By using an open source content management system the costs to setup a website are greatly reduced because their is no need to develop a system from scratch.

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    We have a Teacher's son doing a new design for us that we will then manage. It's a win/win because he's good at it and it will give him some extra cash whilst at Uni. and will look good on his CV.

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    my school blew the whole annual advertising budget on our new website (£15k!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rreynolds24 View Post
    my school blew the whole annual advertising budget on our new website (£15k!!)
    Is it any better than what somebody could have done with Joomla?

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    15K?? blo**y hell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    Is it any better than what somebody could have done with Joomla?
    absolutely not! In fact its pretty crap and it doesnt work very well at the moment. Cowboys that did it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveB_NI View Post
    This irritates me... the one thing I want to do in my job here in school but am not allowed to, and you want to outsource....


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    sorry couldn't resist!
    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)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rreynolds24 View Post
    my school blew the whole annual advertising budget on our new website (£15k!!)
    Ouch! Ours cost £5000 which we got from the Head Teachers fund, as he thought (quite rightly) the previous site was old fashioned and was not a true reflection of the school.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    Is it any better than what somebody could have done with Joomla?
    Ours is certainly better than we could have done with Joomla. (See post above for link)
    Last edited by SeanVin; 19th May 2008 at 02:32 AM. Reason: Added quote and response

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveB_NI View Post
    This irritates me... the one thing I want to do in my job here in school but am not allowed to, and you want to outsource....


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    sorry couldn't resist!
    Me too! I set up an old server with the fab Edugeek Joomla package on, did a lovely header with the school logo, and they decided to outsource it to a person who will set up a web site for something daft like £100 and 'maintenance' at £15 a term. But, they are all template based sites that look like a child has designed them in Publisher.

    It hasn't even been set up either yet and they decided to outsource this over 3 months ago. I could have had it up & running with all the info on by now, in a week! (It's what I do part time in the afternoons!)

    Oh well, their loss

    PS, sorry to hijack thread, needed a rant too :-)
    Last edited by katem; 19th May 2008 at 10:16 AM.



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