Schools are the foundation of all American industry. Whether you operate a public elementary school, a community college, or a private learning center, your institution provides the training for the people in the future workplace. While your business is mainly handled in the classroom, you still have an obligation to put your school name on the World Wide Web.
But what should you look for in a web host? You likely do not have the budget to purchase, host, and support your own web servers, which means you need to find a reputable and trustworthy host to help.
Below we talk about a few of the most important things you should look for before choosing your web hosting company for your school website.
Let’s face it – you are likely on a very strict budget. With teacher salaries on hold and school activities getting cut, you don’t have a lot of money to spend on web hosting. Look for a web host that will allow you to get the features you need, but at a cost you can afford.
Web hosting in the 21st century has become extremely affordable. You can find great hosting for less than $5 a month, and if you can afford to pay for two or three years in advance, you can save even more money.
Your school isn’t just about where you’re located and who your teachers are. You need an interactive site that allows students, teachers, parents, and relatives easy access to memories throughout the year. You’ll want to post photos and videos of school events. Do a slide show presentation of your upcoming open house, and upload documents so they can easily get to their recipients.
You likely teach sustainability practices in your school. Why not show by example your commitment to being carbon neutral by using a web host that is certified “green” through the purchase of alternative and clean energy certificates? This is a popular trend for many web hosts since web servers tend to use a dramatic amount of electricity. Proudly display your “green” banner on your school’s website as well.
Your staff is likely not filled with IT gurus, but you can get a web host with these kinds of folks. When you buy web hosting, you need a company you can contact when problems arise. Be sure your host has a reliable support team that is able to meet your calls when you need them.
Easy Web Control
Again, with budget cuts hurting all schools, you may end up having your PE teacher manage your school’s website. Be sure that your web host makes it easy for anyone to sign on and manage all aspects of website control. Look for those hosts who provide great control panel software like cPanel or Paralell’s Plesk. Web management couldn’t be easier with these reputable control panels, but it could be a lot harder with poorly designed control panel software.