As a well established web designer, you may get contracts to design a school websites every once in a while. In such situations, you need to know how to perform the task in the right manner. So in this article, we will be highlighting some of the things you need to do, while designing a school website.
At the outset, it is worth noting that School websites differ in terms of complexity. This is to say that some school websites are fairly simple, whereas others are rather complex. You may find a school website that is made up of just a few pages, with basic information about the school – you know, the sort of information you’d have gotten through a brochure. On the other hand, you may find a school website that is backed by a database, making it possible for parents to access information about their kids through the site. It could even be a site where kids can access assignments online, do them on the online environment, and submit them there — a complex website, in a nutshell. So when a school invites you to create a website for it, you need to hold a discussion with the management on the functionality they need.
The school website needs to be one that is easily navigable. The homepage should ideally be as simple and uncluttered as the credit card application portal, accessible at getmyoffer.capitalone.com. One may argue that the analogy doesn’t hold: given the fact that the portal we have made reference to is meant for capital one mail offer responses. Yet the point here is about simplicity – with emphasis on the fact that a school website should be simple and uncluttered.
The website’s theme should be based on the school’s colors.
It should be possible for anyone visiting the website to find all the information they need about the school.
Ideally, the school website should be searchable. But you must ensure that private and confidential details (like the students’ assessment results and disciplinary records) are not accessible through the search feature.
The school website should be user-friendly in all respects. While designing it, you need to keep it in mind that most of the people who will be using it will be folks who don’t have advanced IT skills.