So, as anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m no coder. I’m no designer. I can write a bit. And I can install and configure software, but then so can you if you’ve got pretty much any kind of mobile device. I understand (sort of) FTP and file permissions and basic Unix commands (I mean really basic) and I (sort of) understand how data files on computers morph into web pages on other computers.
And yet somehow this technical illiterate has managed to launch a website for his wife’s primary school with no help whatsoever from anyone who knows what they are doing. It’s WordPress, of course. It’s on its own domain (with 34sp). It’s got accounts for half-a-dozen teachers who can log into it and update it. It’s got a Twitter widget which I’m reliably informed will be actively used. The website’s got all the data about the school: term dates, contact details, newsletters from the head. It costs, all-in, maybe 90 quid for the first year. Including the domain. It looks rather nice too, thanks to a WordPress template by Worldoweb which is somewhat quirky (both visually and – ahem – technically) but which I’ve been able to hack about a bit.
It’s even got an RSS feed, for Christ’s sake.
So tell me: why isn’t everyone doing this? And why do so many school websites look so terribly awfully rubbish?