Create a School Website - Part 7: Practical Suggestions - Technical RealisationIt has to be taken into account that several operating computers (inclusive regular data backup) and special software are needed for the construction of a school website.
6. Technical realization:
It has to be taken into account that several operating computers (inclusive regular data backup} and special software are needed for the construction of a school website. Before the production of webpages of one's own pupils should learn basics of the webpage construction. Excellent instructions are for example at http://www.w3.org/2002/03/tutorials.
The free of charge web editor KompoZer for making web pages and the also free programme Paint.Net for the image processing are very helpful.
The actual technical realization of the school website can be tackled now: For the construction of the school website, in principle, use of a content management system (CMS) is sensible. With this the web pages are based on design templates. Only few design templates must therefore always be prepared and kept in good condition for the complete school website. Through this the expenditure of work is reduced drastically.
A content management system is primarily worthwhile for bigger school website with more than 50 web pages. As an alternative to a CMS "modules" also of one's own can be used to be able to use such recurring elements comfortably. Furthermore, with a content management system you can decide exactly who may make, work on or publish which contents. Teamwork gets very easy through this.
The content management system Joomla is recommendable and also the most popular one since it is completely free of charge and can be used easily. In addition, there is very good support and it offers everything which is needed for a school website.
The area "Content Management" helps as well to select the best content management system. On "CMS Test and Comparison" there are over 600 detailed assessments of altogether 50different content management systems for the suitability for a school website.
It also has to be taken care from the technical view that the complete school website remains clear and is easy to service since the expenditure of work is anyway very high: depending on size of the school website between 3 and 10 hours per week. A well thought-out system of folders as well as a uniform structuring of the different sectors is very helpful. A little more work and effort with the first construction of the school website pays off many times in the long run.