In addition to providing schools with a single secure online portal to manage student information and communication with parents, the team at MSO also design and build websites using the WordPress platform.
My School Portal was created by MSO, a leading web development agency with over 20 years of experience. In that time, WordPress has become the most popular website platform thanks to the flexibility that it provides, as well as the user experience it offers visitors.
WordPress allows for the inclusion of almost every conceivable functional aspect in a website and the beauty of WordPress is that it offers all of this regardless of the size of your website or organisation.
From a design perspective, the WordPress platform can be used to create sites that give a wow factor as soon as visitors arrive at the homepage, with pre-formatted design layouts for different sections and pages.
WordPress features for school websites include:
- User-friendly: Add text and image content easily as well as interchangeable components to any page on the site.
- Interactive calendar: Event information including Venues, Sport Fixtures and Results can be pulled from My School Portal or set up in a standalone WordPress calendar.
- Vacancies: An editable area to post employment opportunities with related documents, ability to set an expiry date linked to the vacancy closing date.
- Video integration: Stream drone footage or school videos from YouTube or Vimeo account or create a video gallery to pull videos from your chosen platform.
- Online forms: Application forms can include online payment, file uploads with a save and resume option. Book open days or school visits.
- Animated elements: Animated content and rollover states encourage user engagement.
- Aggregation of Social Media Channels: Pull together all your social media channels into one component or page to showcase what’s going on in your school.
WordPress makes it easy to edit the website via its content management system (CMS), that allows for users to manage updates with very limited training. At MSO we provide an easy to follow training session that makes it possible for people without any previous CMS experience to manage an entire website.
My School Portal and your WordPress website
Your school website will work seamlessly with My School Portal to benefit all of your users whilst minimising duplication of data. Your new school website will be targeted to prospective parents and pupils, whilst My School Portal handles your current parents and pupils’ needs.
Together both systems share:
Alumni – registration, restricted pages, search for a former pupil and user data.
Calendar – public and private events.
Sports Fixtures – venue information, team line up and sports results.
News – latest in school news.