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July 27, 2019

Best Practice School Web Design

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At Noop we believe that education always has been and always will be a pivotal part in the development of a child’s mind and character. These are the fundamental qualities that shape an individual into being a responsible global citizen. Therefore, it’s imperative that educational institutes go above and beyond to ensure that they provide a solid foundation for producing such individuals. From the quality of teaching, values and traditions to the rules and policies that school implements, thus providing an atmosphere that is advantageous for parents, children and the community.

Understanding School Web Design Approaches

Whether it’s primary school or secondary education, a school website is a brochure to the world and these days more and more schools are being considered businesses with the same marketing demands as companies. Not only is the school’s website for attracting prospective parents but it’s also must function intuitively as a tool for existing parents. There is no one size fits all solution, with today’s more sophisticated consumer it’s not satisfactory to take a templated approach.

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We pride ourselves on designing a concept for our educational clients with this in mind. We believe for school web design it’s all about creating a sense of belonging . We also aim to get parents thinking about the school differently from the get-go. The look and feel of the website should evoke feelings of immediate interest from prospective parents, they will research multiple schools while trying to find the best fit for their child. If your schools web design is outdated and as bland and uniform as the competition, then the school immediately falls into the “maybe” category instead of the “the one” category.

There is no one size fits all when it comes to delivering effective web design for schools. Here are some examples of how we’ve translated this into compelling online experiences for our school clients:

Best School Website Design Perth

One major selling point of any school are the experiences the students and teachers have. A great example of which is when we built the Perth Modern School site, prospective parents will find value and a peace of mind in knowing that the school their child attends is conducive for learning, building lifelong friendships and unique opportunities for academic enrichment. Therefore, when we create a concept for each school website, one of our main goals is to ensure that we capture the essence of our client’s school ethos and values and showcase these experiences while ensuring the visual hierarchy of the site as prospective parents need to be guided through the process of selection whilst existing parents want to know where to quickly access all key information.

An exceptional school website should engage prospective parents and caregivers’ emotions and senses. When the homepage loads, the users should feel a sense of warmth and belonging, not because the page is too colourful or cluttered but because it immediately echoes the values in which they believe in and want to instil their child. Our school websites convey a feeling of class and marketing sophistication.

Evaluating The School Web Design Perth Process

In terms of process, the website needs to support the tools that your school uses as communication plays a crucial role in creating a well-rounded school website. There are a multitude of options on the market such as Connect and Skoolbag as well as social platforms such as facebook. All of which can be easily and aesthetically incorporated into the design of your school’s web design. Another communication tool to take into consideration is the incorporation of the school calendar, again there are many different options available and we are happy to discuss the what works best for you.

Another factor to consider is that it’s unlikely that all schools will have teachers and administration staff with the technical skillset to update their Schools websites, whilst some of the necessary updates may be minor, some indeed may be more advanced. This is something we always take into consideration in the design process so as to ensure our sites can be easily maintained by staff if need be. A dedicated training session is included in our costs, we never leave our clients to struggle their way through website updates. On saying that, there is nothing like an out of date page to make you feel a school site feel unloved, so to help keep that quality and marketing sophistication when there are a million and one things to do we also provide the option of maintaining the website on your behalf. We can host your new website, back it up and ensure its safe and secure as well as updating the content on your behalf. The majority of our educational clients utilise this service, whether it is uploading their monthly newsletter, refreshing policy information, or updating information on staff members, we help take the stress out of maintaining your schools’ site.

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Partnering with noop
While you explore the best options for website design for Australian schools, you are presented with a multitude of options, prices and approaches that make it difficult to compare apples and apples. When you partner with noop you can feel at ease knowing that all of our prices are quoted upfront, we value the relationship with our clients and understand the restraints of school budgets so rest assured that there are no hidden costs associated with our work.

When you work with us:

  • We capture the essence of your school’s ethos and values and showcase these experiences throughout your school’s website.
  • Our concepts are built in live working environment so you can really get to know the new site in action.
  • We value the relationship with our clients and understand the restraints of school budgets.
  • We quote everything upfront, so no hidden costs associated with our work.

What does it take to have one of the best designed school websites in Australia?

More than just a website – we explore with you what makes your school – the school of choice. From specialist programmes, facilities, engagement with the community, unique approaches etc. Part of this difference is to understand what it feels like to actually be part of the school community, and how the school’s vision and values play out into daily school life. We analyse your communications process, competitors, deriving a unique value proposition and brand feel. As far as positioning, we identify what the best primary school perth or best secondary school perth should offer and recommend accordingly.

Here is a little more about what to expect when you choose Noop for your school web project:

A Simple and easy to use CMS

Most of the school websites we build are built on the WordPress platform, as far as content management systems go, it is very user friendly and simple to use. Take a look at the  Honeywood Primary school as an example of a website built on WordPress. Another good platform that some of our education clients use is Joomla a good example of which is the Winthrop Primary School website.

Content Consolidation

We aim to take all of the heavy lifting in this process.  We ask you to collect anything that excites you feel aligns with how the school is today and where it is headed in future is simply transferred to us in a raw unedited state. This includes anything from new initiatives, to even a quick photo captured by a teacher that represents the feeling of the school. We aggregate this content, with existing school content, we placeholder what we identify as any missing content and provide you with an easy to follow guide of any gaps.

Design and Development

After meeting with key stakeholders we will go away and create a tailored concept for you school brand, we build our all of our concepts in a live working environment so you will be able to view your concept in real time and really get to know the new site in action. After you have had some time to play around with the new concept we will collate your feedback and move ahead with the design.

Photography and Graphic Design

We understand that not all schools can afford a full photo shoot for their new website, so we are happy to work with what you have. Our experienced graphic designers will integrate strategic design elements into your website as well as enhancing your existing imagery to ensure maximum results for you schools new website.

Integrating software

When we design your school website, we also take into consideration which apps, calendars and communication tools your school uses to connect with parents, students and the wider community. We strive to ensure that our designs coexist with apps such as Skoolbag, Connect and SEQTA so that your school get the most out existing tools and applications. However we also know that sometimes this creates additional process overhead for admin personnel when trying to manage multiple systems with possible feature overlap, or even worse confusion from parents when trying to identify the “source of truth” for school alerts and updates. As part of the web design process, we provide advice on how to consolidate these systems to streamline and simplify this process for both admin and user while ensuring we take into consideration any Department of Education guidelines.

Going live

Once all the checks have been done and the final approval has been given, we will then set your new school website live!  We can help you manage your school domain and can provide hosting, Noop will help and support you throughout the entire process and afterwards. In this day and age most people are searching for information on a mobile device, so it goes without saying that all of our websites are mobile responsive.

Training and Support

Once your website is built and live we will work with you to help maintain the integrity of the site. One of our team members will come out to your school and conduct a training session for your staff, ensuring that you can update and upload to your new school website.  We understand that not every school has the time to maintain a site so we can also provide ongoing updates and support.

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School Web Design Perth

Here at Noop we provide a premium service for school web design in Perth and throughout Western Australia, to speak to one of our team about the best approach for your school drop us a line at enquiries@noop.com.au or call us on (08) 9317 1540, we are always happy to drop by for a visit and a chat.

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