Where to start - New school website
I am a teacher in a Secondary School and I have been set the task of designing a new up to date school website. As a lot of school website are very unimpressive I want to make sure ours looks professional and modern.
Unfortuantely my web dev. skills are certainly not modern. I have experience of creating simple websites using DreamWeaver. I have got 2 days per week until Christmas to get a new website created.
Could someone give me advice on what software I should be looking at creating this in. As my skills are limited maybe with some templates and good code libraries I can call on rather than developing everything from scratch.
I can get educational discounts on things like the Adobe suites so software cost is not too much of an issue. Also any advice on what software to use so that non-technical staff can be tasked with updating news feeds etc?
If all you know is some basic Dreamweaver, you may struggle to develop a professional, comprehensive website for your school. May I ask what you teach and why you have been chosen for the job? With respect, it sounds as if you're not a web developer, so why have the school not gone for a web development company and/or professional team/individual?
What software you use to create the website depends on what the website is going to do. Anyway, I'd recommend using the Joomla! content management system for your website over any other CMS available, provided you're only going to need things like school information displayed, information about teachers/students/timetables/etc. Joomla! is easy-to-use, and can be learnt by the non-technical staff in a week or two with a little practice.
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i will recommend you to use wordpress, you will find so many templates for school related websites, you will be able to customize those templates easily.
I agree with Zabi. Find a wordpress template and go from there.
Instead of going to coding straight away...
Write things down first, like who you're going to make the website for, what information should be on it, basic content structure, basic functionality requirements.
After that, use something to create a sketch of your website. I'm a fan of Pencil, but you could use other drawing software, or just, you know, pen and paper.
Then look at the software you're going to use.
BTW; for letting users update newsfeeds on your Wordpress-blog, I can advise Windows Live Writer for basic functionality and Office-based interface
DREAMWEAVER is an excellent tool for creating/editing web sites. The best way to use Dreamweaver is in Split-screen mode, which gives you the Code screen on left and Display on right. Don't be one of those goofers who don't want to touch HTML/CSS code so make use the code screen to write your code.
Dreamweaver gives you lots of helpful tidbits. Once you develop a working layout for your pages, you can create your own template with editable sections for content that varies from page-to-page. Getting stuck in another person's template is bad news.
As others have already said, I'd recommend loading in Wordpress and selecting a theme. It'll be the quickest, most professional looking route to go. Good luck.
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Yeah WordPress free open source CMS can be a great help you can simply add a free theme in it and its there your website is ready ..instead of doing a lot code in html and css
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