Website bespoke creation and content management
St Paul's CE Primary School, Hounslow
We worked with Barker & Co. to design and launch a new school website. We spent some time researching website providers, having a fairly clear idea of what we wanted the website to be able to do and how we wanted it to operate.
Most companies we approached either had a set template and structure into which we had to fit or had semi-bespoke options. The pricing structure also differed between providers, with many having an annual charge. Barker & Co. gave a single price to deliver a fully functioning website, with no further tie in necessary. At Barker & Co. we had a named representative who handled the whole process from initial enquiry, to delivery and on-going satisfaction and support calls.
In preparing to quote for our website, Mr Barker met with me to discuss our design and content requirements. He also met a group of my pupils who had developed some of their own ideas for the website. These have been incorporated in the new site. During the initial meeting there were no ‘pre-sets’ or templates into which we had to fit.
I was clear that I wanted the editing and modification aspect of the website to be accessible to all staff and to be straightforward to use. Barker & Co. worked to ensure that this was realised in the end product. The site was designed around my brief, with some professional modifications suggested and either accepted or rejected. The design and build process gave an opportunity to test run new ideas and modifications. Barker & Co. also organised professional photography to capture the best of the school for our website. Given that the school site was a building site and classes were in temporary accommodation following a major fire, this was no mean feat.
I am really delighted with our new school website. The design and manageability are great. Staff from across the school can upload and modify information easily.
Working with Barker & Co. has been a pleasure. They showed real interest in what we wanted and have worked to realise every aspect of our design brief. They are at the end of a phone or email if I have further queries or want an addition to the site.
I would recommend Barker & Co. to any school seeking a website that meets their own brief, that comes without on-going maintenance/hosting costs and who want personal attention to their design and vision.
23rd February 2015