Thursday, August 26, 2010

New Elementary Websites Go Live

Over the summer the district's technology and public relations staff transitioned all the elementary websites to WordPress, which is a content management system. This transition gives the staff at each building control of the content of their websites and allows easy posting of news, events, photos, video, etc.

The home page of each site is designed as a blog, where news items are listed chronologically in a scrolling list. A new feature is a live feed of calendar events filtered for each school from DynaCal--the district's web calendar. Also new is a staff directory search tool which returns results specifically for each building.

Take a peek at our new sites!

Why WordPress?
We chose to utilize WordPress because:
  • It is open source technology, so there is no cost for the program;
  • The interface is web based, which means there is no need to locally install software;
  • It provides good search-engine optimization; and
  • It requires very little training for staff. Creating new pages and posts is snap with a rich-text editor.

Coming Soon
We'll be working on WordPress sites for the middle schools and Hayes Freedom High School in early fall. Camas High School's web site will also be converted to a content management system (Drupal) in the coming months.