What Makes A Good Parish Council Website?
Choosing a new website for your Parish Council can be a daunting task. We deal with many Parish Councillors and Clerks and each new enquiry that we receive illustrates to us just how confusing the whole thing can appear.
Points To Consider
With the regulations and criteria constantly changing, we understand that it can be quite a task for a Parish Council to know what features and functions a new website should have. We often receive tender invitations from Parish Councils who are looking for a new website provider. The specification is sometimes quite clear whilst other don’t even include the features necessary for compliance to GDPR, the Transparency Code or Accessibility Regulations.
Creating a specification and inviting tenders is not only time consuming but also often costly. Having been in the website design industry for many years, we’ve seen just how the tender process usually results in a greatly inflated quote. Why is this?
As you can imagine, a web design company may receive several tenders per month, each specific in its own right. The cost of working through the specification and then submitting a tender is time consuming and this cost is often reflected in the final price. In addition, as each website is bespoke, it needs creating from the ground up resulting in many hours of design and programming time. In comparison, our websites are built on our WordPress powered system, We’ve streamlined our processes and as a result we’re able to deliver a fully functional Parish Council Website in a very short space of time resulting in a lower cost to your Parish and a considerably less painful and time consuming process for each officer and clerk. That has to be a good thing surely?
An Affordable Parish Council Website
Our websites have been designed purely for Parish Councils, we’ve included every feature that a Parish Council may need in three different packages.
Each package is compliant with the transparency code, GDPR and the recently introduced accessibility code. Our websites are based on the WordPress platform, and are incredibly easy to use. We work with many Clerks across the country of varying ages and backgrounds. What we generally say is that if you can use a word processor such as MS Word then you’ll have no problem in adding posts, minutes, agendas and reports to the website.
Our system is designed exclusively for Parish and Town councils, as such, they include every feature that any Parish Council or Town Council will ever need whilst ensuring that they are compliant. The one major benefit of this is that the need for a tender process is removed. This enables us to provide a complete Parish Council Website at a fraction of the cost of a bespoke website.
Easy To Use
In our experience, Parish clerks can sometimes have to step down due to family or work commitments and sometimes even for health reasons. Our system has an easy learning curve making it simple for a deputy or a new clerk to quickly pick up the baton if needed. We offer ongoing support and even produce short tutorial videos that can have a new Parish clerk up to speed in a matter of hours.