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    Talking School Site Updated

    Hi guys

    I've redesigned and updated my schools website and would love any feedback (good and bad) you guys have.

    Have a gander here: www.bolsover.derbyshire.sch.uk

    Thanks!

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    Fantastic. Interesting use of WordPress, too - how did you find using it for a content-based site rather than as a blog?

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    Ruddy good. Looks nice, everything works (for me)...

    Now for some bad...
    [Invalid] Markup Validation of http://www.bolsover.derbyshire.sch.uk/ - W3C Markup Validator

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    Very Good! Looks very nice and modern. you've done a great job using wordpress, aint seen a good site from that software in a while

    Everything works for me

    Well Done

    James.

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    IE8 produces an odd dotted line on the screen... but other than that it looks fantastic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mossj View Post
    IE8 produces an odd dotted line on the screen... but other than that it looks fantastic...
    Same here... dotted line. To fix this add



    To the header - Forces IE8 into compatibility mode

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    Looks nice also like the plans for your new school building Hope all those PCs are going to be wired not wireless!

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    Looks very good. Nice work.

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    @webman No probs at all with Wordpress - it's so flexible it's more like a CMS than a blog platform. I'm pretty familiar with it as I freelance as a designer in my free time tho and have developed with it before. But I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

    If anyone is interested in using it let me know as I've got loads of useful resources bookmarked.

    @matt40k Thanks for spotting the invalidation - it's mostly due to the google maps link in the footer which because the doc type is XHTML strict doesn't like invalid characters - I'm planning to get around to fixing it soon.

    @mossj, @dringer Thanks for spotting the IE8 error - not really managed to test in it yet as I'm Mac bound at home and the school only had IE6/7 at the moment. I'm tempted to force it into IE7 compatibility mode but I'll try see what's causing it next week first. Thanks.

    Thanks for everyone else's comments.

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    Wow, that is amazing! Did you make the template/theme yourself?

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    You might want to notify your users that you have RSS feeds in other places than just the FAQ since not everyone uses Firefox that shows a icon to indicate that their available or reads the FAQ, maybe have a little icon in the footer that links to that section of the FAQ or directly to the feed in question.
    Last edited by p858snake; 28th June 2009 at 01:58 AM.

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    Very nice site, looks professional.

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    @studio Yeah, it's all by little ol me.

    @p858snake Thanks for that. I like that idea so I might put some links in the footer. I've put links to the Rss and Email subscriptions in the news and blog sidebars.

    @Simcfc73 Thanks for your kind comments.

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    Without a doubt the best school website I've seen on here. I haven't delved in much deeper than the first page, but it creates a fabulous first impression.

    I love the menu - really simple and concise. I love the little (0) next to the Jobs link - simple, but saves a click.

    Only gripe? "FAQ's" doesn't need an apostrophe, but that's just me being a pedant.

    I've developed 'content' sites using WordPress in the past and it's great. With a bit of tweaking, it can be as flexible as Joomla - and it's certainly more user friendly.

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