I need a bit of advice. I work at a large first school, part-time for 10 hours a week. I look 40 computers, which vary from 4 years old to 7 years old, as well as the usual peripherals, antivirus updating etc. Generally speaking I don't have a huge amount to do unless loading software or ghosting old machines, unless something dreadful happens
Recently the head has been going on about the website and how he wants it sorted out. The current website Ferndown First School is not good and it hasn't been sorted out for a long time. It is out of date and old fashioned. I think it is done in Front Page, but I am not sure. Currently one of the school governors handles it from his office.
At this point you need to know that I know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about web site creation, I have never done anything to do with it EVER.
So, my boss comes to me and says that he wants the website sorted out. He is going to get the governor in to teach me how to do it, probably for one morning or less and then he expects me to sort it all out. He has also asked me to look at school websites to pick up examples of the sort of thing he wants, and he expects me to be able to create a whizzbang website.
What I want to know is:
Given my level of expertise, and the hours I work, is what he is asking feasible?
Also, he then expects me to do the updating etc, which I think is admin, and not really my job? (websites are not mentioned in my job description anyway)
I would be grateful for any input as I am really at a loss over this.
With a system like this you could get admin to update the site via a front end editor, leaving you to just lookafter the backend admin of the site.
If you had all the initial content in digital form (word etc) And an ISP with the required software for Joomla you could prob setup a basic site (e.g all the static content about the school) in a day or two.
I'd would look into one of the free content managment systems available ie Mambo, Joomla etc. These will make life alot easier and you can produce web sites that look very professional. Your web host will need to support MySQL and PHP, though this is fairly standard now.
What i would say is tell head yes you will look after it only if you are sent on a wesite design course (being taught by governor is not ok) and then fine will look after it but on understanding if you need something 'coding' then they will need to hire in someone
Also make sure gets added to your job description...
I'm afraid that I don't even understand what you mean by:
"And an ISP with the required software for Joomla"
or"Your web host will need to support MySQL and PHP, though this is fairly standard now."
And what backend admin would there be?
I know I sound pathetic but it is just something I have never done. I think the website is on the admin network (which I am not allowed to touch) but I know nothing else about it.
How can I find out about web hosts etc and anything else I need?
If I were to use a CMS then could I import stuff from the current site or would it have to be all done again?
It's not that I dont want to do it, just that I think that, at present, I can't do it and will look a complete prannock. I'm not the type to fiddle my way to competency, I like to know what I am doing.
The head assures me that there is no money to pay for anything at all ever so asking for training etc is pointless.
Hi ITWITCH, Have a look at www.opensourcecms.com where you can try out live CMS scripts, including the ones mentioned above (under the 'Portal' tree). Hopwfully it will give you an insight into the admin areas and how to update pages.
If you want local help - you're welcome to come and see us (we're just down the road!) and I'll show you the basics of what you'll need to know using our sites as a reference... and don't worry - it looks complex to begin with, but once you get started it's pretty simple...
from the sounds of your knowledge, it looks like too much of a big job, to be suddenly landed in your lap. Just because a computer is involved, doesn't make you an expert at it. Making a website is easy.. making a good one involves more that technical prowess, it needs design skills as well.
I tell him to get the governor to do the website, since he's the expert!
Just like to add: Adding content is definately an admin job, and possibly a Teaching staff job if they want to add content themselves. Not yours anyway. If you did decide you wantd to take on the extra responsibility, your role would be to provide the technology, as in everything we do. The worth of your time would't be cost efective. Data entry is a lesser paid/ qualified persons' role.
If they won't pay for training, it'll just take you longer. Depends wether or not you think that's a fun prospect.