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    Outsourcing school website, advice needed.

    Our school is also looking into the possibility of outsourcing there website.
    They want the design, implementation, hosting, and updates all to be handled, and for the supplier of this service to be from the UK. Ive been given a rough figure of 1000 a year for such a service.

    Anybody got any company's they could recommend?

    [This post i suppose is in the same vein as this post here, Do any of your schools outsource their websites?
    so apologies for the repetition, however i feel it may warrant a seperate thread as i have a bit more on the spec]

    Cheers
    Last edited by dblclick; 7th October 2008 at 03:54 PM. Reason: Needs to be from UK

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    Not a recommendation, but this flyer came into my pigeon hole this morning.

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    Also not a recommendation, but I remember seeing these guys at the last BETT:

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    Quote Originally Posted by dblclick View Post
    Our school is also looking into the possibility of outsourcing there website.
    They want the design, implementation, hosting, and updates all to be handled, and for the supplier of this service to be from the UK. Ive been given a rough figure of 1000 a year for such a service.

    Anybody got any company's they could recommend?

    [This post i suppose is in the same vein as this post here, Do any of your schools outsource their websites?
    so apologies for the repetition, however i feel it may warrant a seperate thread as i have a bit more on the spec]

    Cheers
    Your probably best speaking to your LA to see if they offer any webdesign for their schools. Or if they will setup a CMS (Content Management System) for you to create your own website quite easily. Have a look at the Edugeek Joomla package on the site. It will save a lot of money, but obviously either yourself or someone else will need the knowledge and time to be able to work on it.

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    Hamble College Joomla

    We have gone this route. I am not a techie, but with the templates and help from out IT staff we have it up and running.

    Showcased it to SLT - thumbs up. I can recommend Joomla although we still have a few tasks left to complete.

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    Edugeek Joomla is a great way of doing it - all you need to do is pay for some Linux web hosting for 50 or 100 a year and you can set up Joomla and either have a dedicated person updating the website or actually allow staff to update their own parts of the website.

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    Thank you for the replies.

    However the joomla route has been tried, but i have been informed that getting staff to do updates was problematic amongst other things.

    Fortunatly or unfortunatly they definatly wish to have this worked on by an external party.

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    We use e4education - Home - Professional school website design for ours at the moment which is hosted by them, however we may soon be changing to a more up to date format and hosting it ourselves.

    E4education have been good as far as we are concerned, any problems or amendments have been done quickly. We may even use them to build our new site if we like what they offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dblclick View Post
    Thank you for the replies.

    However the joomla route has been tried, but i have been informed that getting staff to do updates was problematic amongst other things.

    Fortunatly or unfortunatly they definatly wish to have this worked on by an external party.
    Hiya dblclick,

    Our sister company Webforma Studios specialises in web design and development and caters for all budgets small and large ,
    If you would like me to pass on your details for a FREE non-obligation consultation I will be more than happy to do so , There will be an educational edugeek members discount available also,

    Simon

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    Quote Originally Posted by dblclick View Post
    Thank you for the replies.

    However the joomla route has been tried, but i have been informed that getting staff to do updates was problematic amongst other things.

    Fortunatly or unfortunatly they definatly wish to have this worked on by an external party.
    I think with getting an external company the changing and adding content will still need to be the responsibility of the school I would doubt they would be many companies where you e-mail them a load of word documents etc for them to add date plus the turnaround will be even longer getting a third party to add information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dblclick View Post
    Our school is also looking into the possibility of outsourcing there website.
    They want the design, implementation, hosting, and updates all to be handled, and for the supplier of this service to be from the UK. Ive been given a rough figure of 1000 a year for such a service.
    I'll do it

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    Quote Originally Posted by dblclick View Post
    Thank you for the replies.

    However the joomla route has been tried, but i have been informed that getting staff to do updates was problematic amongst other things.

    Fortunatly or unfortunatly they definatly wish to have this worked on by an external party.
    Do you think the external party will be any better at getting updates from staff? Ask anyone on here who has developed a school website about getting material from staff. The majority are indifferent, some are downright aggressive and one, maybe two, are active. It's probably just as well that it's being farmed out as it can be depressing not getting any feedback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylv3r View Post
    I think with getting an external company the changing and adding content will still need to be the responsibility of the school I would doubt they would be many companies where you e-mail them a load of word documents etc for them to add date plus the turnaround will be even longer getting a third party to add information.
    That's how ours is done at the moment which is why we may switch to a CMS system, but to be fair, turnaround is usually no more than 2 days and is usually quicker.

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