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    Nice and simple, good stuff.

    Id move the banner up an inch to get rid of that white space and maybe experiment on the background or main body with very neutral pale colours or an off-white to see what that looks like

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    Everyone else has pretty much said my thoughts although i think another picture of your head be better. He looks a little mean on the current one.

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    lol yeah he does but he is a cracking bloke I must say. thanks again for the comments. I am going to put an rss feed to the bbc education news site but I have a question? Should I put the rss feed on every page so teachers can click it where ever they are, or shall I put it only on the home page, or only on the links page?

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    I like it - looks a professionally designed site, nice and clean. Is the layout design yours or did you use a template or is it just notepad?

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    Very good, clean good use of white space, like the calendar showing all the events. The photographic sharpness of the pictures in the right hand sidebar are quite professional in all a very pleasant site to look at well done!

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    I agree. I like it very much - good job

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    Ayaz

    Great effort, like the decluttering and ease of navigation.

    I personally am not sure about white text on such a strong red perhaps unbold the white font....
    i totally understand the corporate branding and your head is to an extent correct....but i think a lighter shade of red would be nicer on the eye. Something like the pale red you see on part of the arts council logo. A red gradient on the red bars on the banner and footer of the page could look good...or go for the lighter shade of red, and have perhaps some navigation text in the red banner.

    Have a play around with some of the font colours and sizes and colours of the site but in essense the layout of the site doesn't need much work at all. You could perhaps shorten the pages to remove some of the white space....
    i don't think that would clutter it. Don't be tempted to try and fill that white space with extraneous info as that would definitely clutter it.

    The 'A specialist arts college' line could possibly be moved up fractionally closer to the school name, possibly inline with the bottom of the logos. You wouldn't have to do that if you made that solid red bar more interesting visually, as i said either play around with some navigation text in there or create a subtle gradient.

    My only issue is that because it's on a white background it is a bit 2-tone (i.e white background, bold black and deep red makes it visually a bit 2-tone and harsh). Hope i'm making some sense, but obviously it's just an opinion.

    Good job though.

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    I like the site very clean and uncluttered as has been said.

    The very white background does make it very bright maybe a change of bg colour to an off white or pastel shade?

    Ben

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    The best thing you can do is learn either drupal, joomla or another cms as quickly as you can, other wise you'll get stuck with an out of date website or constantly bothered by people asking you to update this or that.

    As an example our website uses Drupal, Chace Community School | Commitment to Learning High Expectations All can succeed Confidence and Courage Everyone valued equally

    The head teacher updates the site with a single paragraph and an image at least once a week, and a couple of other members of staff have areas of responsibilty, e.g HR for the vacancies etc.

    My involvement is now really minimal, and we have constantly updated content.

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    Oh the other thing that will encourage people to help you out is if you provide stats to the pages people visit.

    Drupal and Joomla should both do this, and it allows you to focus on the areas of the site that people actually visit and cull the rubbish.

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    Actually if he's learnt html and css he's done the hardest part - joomla etc are much easier to understand if you've got html knowledge.

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    I like it simple and everything you need

    I think we are paying somone to do ours and it wont be cheap, about how much time would you say and cost to the school did this site take.

    How do other feel the role of the school website has changed, ours will now be a publicity tool as school work will all be on our VLE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrbb View Post
    I like it - looks a professionally designed site, nice and clean. Is the layout design yours or did you use a template or is it just notepad?
    I made the design myself simply using divs, a header and footer image and banner images for the right hand side.


    I spent I would say a good month on it, including still doing all my other duties. Had I received the content from teachers I asked for it would have been done in 2 weeks or so. Couldnt say how much it cost, its in my job description. This site is infact just the start. I want to add all sorts of nteractivity, podcasting, vle's etc. but not with straight html and css. Once I've learnt abit more about Joomla I hope to move the entire site to it. Then I hope to go to twon on it. The school I am at has never had a website, this is the first.

    Ive put Google analytics code on the site. The site has been up for 10 days exactly after 12pm tonight. In that time we have had 672 visits, 415 absolute unique visitors, etc. so I think we are receiving some good traffic. Probably 1/4 of the school dont know about it yet, much of the public dont know about it, its not indexed by Google yet.

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    150 hits from the visitors to this thread ;p

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    Content from teachers is very difficult to come by, you just have to persevere, talk softly and carry a big stick. While your head appreciates that projecting a positive image of the school is vital (funding follows the pupil) those at the IWB face may feel that this has nothing to do with them; they are there to teach, not market the school. And some of them simply can't be arsed.

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