Greenhouse School Websites The new name for Green Schools Online
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General

  • Q. I already have a website, why do I need a new one?

    A. Depending on your priorities, there are a number of key questions to consider:
    • Does my website showcase my school, presenting a professional, successful image to prospective pupils, parents and staff?
    • Does my website meet statutory requirements?
    • Is my website easy for parents to use on their smartphones?
    • Is my existing content system easy to use?
    • Could I save money every year with Greenhouse School Websites?
    • Does my website meet the best possible accessibility and usability standards?
  • Q. I already have a website, can I transfer the old content?

    A. Yes we can quickly copy and paste text from your old website and upload any documents provided.

  • Q. Do your websites come with any warranty?

    A. Yes. As we wish to build a lasting, sustainable relationship with our customers, all our websites are, as a minimum, satisfaction guaranteed.

  • Q. Can you come and visit us?

    A. ​One of the ways we can offer such great value is by not having a sales force which travels the country. We work with schools by telephone and email which works really well as you can see from the feedback we get. And in reducing the time we spend in trains or cars we can concentrate on providing excellent services to you by phone or email. You'd be very welcome at our offices in Greenwich though!

Hosting & Domain Names

  • Q. What is a domain name?

    A. Put simply a domain name is the address that people use to find your school online; it's what you type in the browser's address bar to go to a specific website. For example, our domain name is: www.greenhouseschoolwebsites.co.uk

  • Q. Do you provide website hosting and domain name registration?

    A. Yes, domain name registration (should you require it) and hosting are included.

  • Q. My school already has a domain name, do I need another?

    A. Not necessarily. Most local authorities have provided schools with domain names. If you wish you can use this domain. However, some local authority names are very, very long. You may find it beneficial to register another, shorter name and use it alongside, or instead of, the local authority domain name.

Usability

  • Q. How can I make my website more useable?

    A. Although we do not agree with all of the recommendations of Jakob Nielsen, the web usability guru, we recognise that some of his comments are valid. Our sites are optimised to:

    • reduce download times
    • avoid frames
    • use logical menus
    • maintain consistency of layout, typography, capitalisation etc.
  • We can also provide a smartphone friendly template offering a tailored experience for those visitors.

  • Q. Is usability a legal requirement?

    A. There are no laws explicitly concerning usability, although the boundaries between accessibility, which is a legal requirement, and usability do overlap.

Standards Compliance

  • Q. What is 'standards compliance'?

    A. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), one of the web's controlling organisations, releases technical specifications, recommendations and other missives for Web infrastructure. To be standards-compliant means that your website is built following the published and relevant Web standards specifications.
    Because web standards incorporate and support accessibility compliance, a standards-compliant website is one step closer to accessibility compliance.

  • Q. Is Standards Compliance a legal requirement?

    A. In many jurisdictions, accessible sites are mandated by law.
    In summary, standards compliance offers the following benefits:
    • Accessibility
    • Faster page loads
    • Lower bandwidth usage
    • Ease of maintenance
    • More compatibility; less lock-in
    • More flexibility in selecting a web supplier or in-house staff
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