Planning To Refresh Your Website?

Before you contact us to discuss refreshing your website you may like to consider the following:

  • Your website may increasingly become the core of your strategy for communicating the activities and finances of the council to your residents.
  • New legislation relating to local government is increasingly emphasizing the importance of openness and transparency and often includes an obligation to publish relevant information. The presumption is often made that this will be via a website if the local council has one.  The requirement for updating websites is likely to increase and so it is important that this can be done quickly, easily and flexibly without the need for software changes or purchasing extra modules.
  • Increasingly websites are being viewed through phones and tablets and so it is important that website pages are designed to reformat to fit the screen size of the phone or tablet while still being readable and usefully conveying information and images.
  • The role of local councils is becoming higher profile as the government progresses the Localism, Open Government and Devolution agendas. The National Association of Local Councils (NALC), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the government Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have strategies for developing this role including the accreditations available through the NALC Local Council Award Scheme. The requirements of the scheme imply an extension of the content published on town and parish council websites. We understand the scheme and offer websites to meet the requirements of this award scheme.
  • Websites can be flexible tools that can last for a long time when updated by trained staff but it is easy for new staff to misunderstand the best way to use them resulting in information becoming dis-organised and hard to find on your website.  You do need to have website training guides supplied with your website to avoid this problem.
  • The cost of a new website is primarily related to the number of pages on the website and so the potential cost of a new website increases depending on how much you need and want to publish.
  • A basic website for a small parish council (i.e. to comply with the Transparency Code For Smaller Authorities) is the simplest website that you might need and a website to meet the requirements of the NALC Quality Gold Council Award is probably the largest website that you might need.  The cost for these websites would be in the range of £2000 to £5000.  Ongoing costs are comparatively small to cover domain registration, website hosting, automatic backup, support and advice, website updating for new software versions.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Colin from Open Council Websites.

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