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Originally Posted by phuzion
Go for what is more efficient. A virtual server can be really handy as long as you have the machine to host it on. No point straining an already overloaded machine. Give it a go and see what the impact is, but try to have a plan to beef up the host box, or move to a dedicated box if needed.
Ive recently taken control of a primary school network. Previously I worked as assistant network manager for an Academy where most of my day to day stuff was server side jobs, network issues and most of the less trivial jobs. I didnt do anyting with web as they had a webmaster.
In the new job though theyve asked If I have the skills to do a website for them, with a VLE. My web skills are ok, ive done personal websites and ive used various CMS etc.
This thread is more me thinking out aloud. If I wanted to setup a school website how is the best way to go about it from scratch.
1. Could I run up a virtual server, install IIS and away I go using expression web or dreamweaver.
Have a look to see what they already have access to via the LA or possibly even a local cluster. I would be tempted to say stick to a pre-built CMS such as Joomla until you know what the school wants long term. Also remember that the school might want an all singing and dancing website, but try getting them to confirm who is going to update it, how frequently, with what materials (text, photos, artwork, video, etc) and go for the option which is most impact for least effort ... it is not about being lazy ... it is about being efficient.
2. SHould i use opensource software for the website, like joomla?
Again, see what is already available to the school. If they don't have a VLE then it might be that they haven't decide what they want to do or even how. It might be that a combination of Joomla and wordpress might be all that is needed ... or it might be that Sharepoint could change the back office functions of teh school and still give you the stuff you need for the website, VLE and so on. Have a look at the The Learning Platform Network for resources about adopting and VLE / learning platform.
3. For the VLE is moodle the best option and will it integrate into AD?
Speak to your LA about this ... it does vary slightly from LA / RBC to LA / RBC but it should be fine.
4. I dont have a static IP or anything, will the coucnil supply this and then I do my own DNS?
Don't pay for anything you don't have to ... if you can make use of an existing service then do so ... or until you need to look around on the grounds of suitability and cost (suitability should be the main concern)
5. SHould I put in a business adsl line with static Ip and run the website from their?
Hope this helps ... no doubt others have a lot of advice too.
So many questions, I also want to implement OWA for smartphone users etc, can this be done on an adsl line?
Thanks for your input in advance..:p