Web design for schools, colleges & universities

A WordPress website design for education

Creating a better user experience for students

Web design for schools, colleges & universities

Creating a sixth-form college WordPress website

The challenge

A sixth-form college required a website that effectively directed students to relevant information. An essential element of the brief was a customisable prospectus, which allowed students to download subject matter information that applied specifically to them. The idea behind the prospectus was to cut down unnecessary resources (both physical and digital), contributing to reducing the college's carbon footprint.

An increasingly important aspect of our builds is that clients can update the content themselves. This site was no exception. The college required a solution that was easily managed in-house.

Creating a sixth-form college WordPress website

Our solution:

  • Custom, user-friendly WordPress CMS
  • Engaging user experience
  • Clear signposting to courses and college information 
  • Customisable, downloadable prospectus

A WordPress based CMS web design for education

The solution

We designed and built a custom WordPress content management system (CMS), incorporating the Gutenberg block editing feature. The Gutenberg feature enabled college staff to update the CMS easily within a branded framework. Custom prospectus builder functionality was introduced to the build, allowing users to select and download the course information that applied to them. The underlying framework and additional advanced functionality were seamlessly tied together in a cohesive design that stayed true to college branding.

Update content within your college

Removing the need for agency support

It's pretty much essential that content can be updated in-house nowadays. We built a system that was simple to update by college staff. The solution supports various media types. Adding videos, imagery and stats was made easy and consistent by allowing editors to select pre-branded 'blocks'. Most clients come to us complaining that creating the dynamic pages they desire with their existing system is impossible. In this build, we gave college staff full autonomy over content updates. The system offered a high level of flexibility.

However, in this instance, college staff chose to return to us for content updates – this can be arranged for all clients on an hourly, daily or retainer basis.

Custom functionality to suit your users

Bespoke elements unique to your setting

There are many commonalities between education sector websites. Therefore, creating a unique identity for this sixth-form college was important. We achieved this by developing bespoke functionality, such as a custom prospectus builder. The builder set the college apart, offering something different to other sixth-form colleges in the area. Each site we build is entirely tailored to the educational setting and its needs. We don't work from themes and use only minimal respected plugins like Yoast for SEO purposes.

Custom functionality to suit your users

The result:

The final custom WordPress solution allowed college content editors to update content, creating new pages and page elements with ease. In addition, the custom prospectus builder is easily managed, allowing administrators to add, edit and remove subjects as they wish. The only reliance on us as a partner is for hosting and maintenance, and college staff can make daily updates. Although we work with the college to provide ad hoc support, they prefer that we update their news stories, for example. 

Did you know…

We don't just build websites for education

We've designed several websites for colleges and, more recently, the University of Liverpool. However, we don't just build portfolio-based sites. Recent projects have included the creation of a CMS to support an immersive experience and campaign asset creation for social media. We're proud that many clients have returned to us after their website build for additional digital support.

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