Thursday, 27 January 2011

Preliminary Site Research

I am going to create a preliminary site, promoting a new school - so I am going to do some research on current school websites, to get ideas and compare the general layouts and features.

I have also annotated some other websites to see the different layouts schools use:

This is the school website for Langley Girls: it’s a very simple layout with minimal colours.
The main focus on this site, is the written welcome by the head teacher, as this is probably the reason why the majority of people would be visiting the site (prospective parents.) I think the site is almost too simple as makes the top header with all the awards
There isn’t a big header, saying what the school name is or anything – so it may take a while to work out what the website is on at first. Especially due to all the awards they have shoved together at the top, which catches all of your attention because these are the most colourful.

Looking at all the sites I have annotated, I now how a clearer idea about what the norms are for school websites. Having photos of the school are important and a logo in the top left corner, seems to what most schools do. I like the way that Eton have incorporated the calendar on the first page, so may try this idea with the website I'm going to create. I think the simpler the colours, the better the website looks, I particularly didn't like the colours that Langley Boys School chose, although they were probably trying to incorporate the school theme of their colours.

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