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    Why not get someone from the Art dept to knock up a design? Better yet have a competition.

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    Re: Website Design

    "Perhaps we should hire some graphic designers for the CSS and layout hehe - do you think the school budget would stretch that far"

    I had just this conversation with our Head the other day until I told him how much a private company I used to work for had charged a school. He wished me luck. The site's almost done and can be found here you can't link to anything yet, but you'll get the idea. The biggest problem is getting information from heads of faculty.

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    Not to shabby beeswax. Love the header. Nice clean simple template.

    One thing i would add, and its just my opinion. Make the School Achievement logos a bit smaller and better spaced and maybe link to their websites.

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    Re: Website Design

    Quote Originally Posted by pcprofessor
    On the topic of layout, I came across a great Open Source package for doing a blog style website called edupress. It's a doddle to download and install, but needs a server with Mysql and for a beginner (obviously not you lot) cpanel. Apparently it's a cut down version of wordpress. For an example of what it looks like have a look at http://thepcprofessor.co.uk/edupress You manage everything online so don't need ftp (except possibly to upload it in the first instance).
    Yes - using it here. It also simplifies the interface so that even my IT Co-Ord can use it. Mind you, he still has the odd problem.

    Techs doing design - of course we mustn't generalise :P I went to art college, and although I don't think i'm proficient at web design yet I have qualifications to say I have some sort of aesthetic sense.
    Like anything web design is a specialism. We are ahead of the game when it comes to understanding the medium. That doesn't make us instant geniuses tho'. IT covers so many disciplines and as a one man band we in schools get to try all of them!

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    Re: Website Design

    which art college was that then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beeswax
    The biggest problem is getting information from heads of faculty.
    Good luck with that. It took me over a year

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    Re: Website Design

    Quote Originally Posted by beeswax
    The site's almost done and can be found here you can't link to anything yet, but you'll get the idea. The biggest problem is getting information from heads of faculty.
    You have done a great job with that site. Very pleasing.

    Do not get me wrong there are some of us here who have good design sense (I am going to be arrogant enough to place myself in that capacity being an Amatuer Photographer and Web Designer/Developer - and also loving design). However, I am not nearly as technicaly minded as some of you guys so it is swings and roundabouts......

    You just do not seem to see it that often in techies thats all.

    Pete

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    Re: Website Design

    I put myself in the "90% technical and 10% design" box :P

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    Re: Website Design

    Sorry to bring up an old thread, but I saw a link to this school site:

    http://www.emersonvalley.org.uk/test/

    There is a calendar on there intergrated with joomla, does anyone know if this is done easily or even if there is a joomla addon for a calendar? I was considering mixing a calendar into the CMS via a frame, but i've tried this with webcalendar in the past and it didn't work.

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    Hiya _Bat_

    This is very easy to add to any Joomla based site. Just installs like any other component / module. Heres the link

    http://extensions.joomla.org/compone...,96/Itemid,35/

    If you have any Q's drop me a PM

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    Re: Website Design

    Quote Originally Posted by tarquel
    nice theme SYSMAN_MK

    Can i ask if you made it yourself or not?

    btw you are required to have the joomla copyright shown i believe - unless you paid for it from them.... or something along those lines.

    Cheers
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    I just found something online which is interesting... I don't know if anyone can confirm. Apparently the GNU/GPL doesn't state that the VISIBLE copyright notice on the site has to remain intact. What it does state though is that any copyright notice in the PHP files has to remain. What the user sees isn't the PHP file, but an HTML file generated from the PHP file, so it is fine to edit the copyright out of here.

    Have a look here: Linky

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