About the Client
Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools has seventeen schools, two off campus programs and an Early Education and Family Wellness Centre. The serve Wetaskiwin, Pigeon Lake, Millet, Buck Lake, and the surrounding area.
About the Project
Box Clever redesigned and developed the new Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools website, websites for all of their 19 schools and an integrated intranet site (StaffConnect) in 2009. This process involved planning, sitemapping, consulting with their superintendent and principals, and thoroughly analyzing analytics information on their old website.
The corporate website features a clean, easy to navigate design that helps visitors find what they need. Because the website is designed from a blank slate it also matches the existing WRPS corporate identity!
All of the WRPS websites are also managed through WebGuide. Because the sites are connected it's easy to share content between them, and division-wide alerts can be pushed to all the school sites too. The schools can also choose their own look, which helps keep a consistent and professional look for the whole division!
More and more students and parents are on social media - and schools need to be where the students are. We helped WRPS set up social media, and integrated their accounts into their website for easy management.
When it comes to school website design, straight forward navigation is key. Parents, teachers, and students need to communicate with each other, which can be difficult to do. At Box Clever, we created a custom Content Management System, WebGuide for Schools (WGS) that creates consistency throughout the whole district. Each school is on the same CMS, each website has the same features and tools, and they are all branded as part of Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools. This consistent layout and feel ensures that all visitors are quickly and easily able to get the information that they need.
Admin time is significantly reduced thanks to our simple to use system and effective set up and training. A half-day training session for staff is typically all the time that many schools need to create their fully-populated, ready to launch websites! The system is so easy to understand that the designated staff members trained by our team at Box Clever are then able to return to their schools and provide training to the rest of their school. WebGuide for Schools also allows for staff to have access to multiple school sites, along with access at the district level.
Each school has the choice of 30+ website templates and the option of customizing those templates by implementing a custom colour or design. If a school is looking for a fresh, new look it’s as easy as logging into WebGuide and selecting a new template - all content is automatically switched over to the new template without any additional work. A refresh has never been so easy!
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