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Setting up a school website for teachers and parents

By debuggist Staff ·
Plenty of you in the TechRepublic community probably have children in school, and these schools have internet presences of varying quality.

Schools often set them up with links to all the faculty's mailboxes. Some even have areas dedicated for teachers to post homework or other helpful links. However, I've seen plenty of outdated pages to convince me that these sites are too hard to use or too inconvenient for school faculty to keep updated.

Does anyone have suggestions for a web publishing platform that is free or cheap, does not require knowledge of HTML and runs on Linux or Windows with or without a database?

Wikis immediately come to mind, but are there other alternatives?

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A quick search

by Tig2 In reply to Setting up a school websi ...

Accessible Wizards is the approach that Illinois has implemented. Take a look at it here: http://www.accessiblewizards.uiuc.edu/

My nephew's school has a web presence but it is highly dependent on the teacher to update areas such as class specific information (homework, class projects, etc) while the administrative staff maintains the more general information. Updates are spotty, not because of kludgy tools but a lack of time. I can see why Accessible Wizard is the tool that University of Illinois chose- it plugs into Office and provides ease of publishing from Word, Powerpoint, etc. This way the information can be formatted in a familiar tool and printed, stored, and published from a single tool.

As long as a person has knowledge of MS Office, they can publish. No HTML required.

Is this what you were looking for?

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That's close

by debuggist Staff In reply to A quick search

It just needs to be cheaper or free. :)

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Okay, try...

by Tig2 In reply to That's close


Web Plus does have a learning curve but it is a reasonably intuitive GUI. There is a great deal of documentation. I use a number of Serif products.


No real learning curve and inexpensive- less than $50. Coffee Cup has a number of products that make it all look effortless.

Hope this helps!

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You might want to check out

by jdmercha In reply to Setting up a school websi ...
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That's a nice site

by debuggist Staff In reply to You might want to check o ...

Thanks for the link

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