Parish council websites in the past have often been set up by volunteers and their quality and useability has varied enormously. As many more people now rely on the Internet for information and services it has become increasingly important that websites for parish councils, town councils and other local services are useable on all devices and are accessible to people with disabilities.
Easy to Use
A parish council website not only needs to be easy to use and accessible by all parishioners, but also easy to keep updated, as many people responsible for keeping a parish council website updated don’t necessarily have up-to-date web skills. It is therefore important that the person(s) charged with updating the website content can do so easily with the minimum amount of training.
The parish council websites we develop use WordPress. This is one of the most popular platforms in the world. Not only is it easy to use, but it is probably the one parish council members are most likely to have used before, and for which a huge amount of free online help is available.
We offer online training for all new websites we develop that covers everything you need to know to update your website content. If you take out a website maintenance plan with us we are also available to help via telephone and email during office hours.
Since September 2020 all parish councils in the UK must comply with the the WCAG 2.1 AA standard. This standard covers many areas including how the website is constructed, the navigation system, and how information is displayed. In particular, importance is placed on ensuring content can be viewed by people with a range of disabilities and via 3rd party applications designed to help.
The parish council websites we build are fully standards compliant, including:
- WCAG2.1AA compliant
- GDPR compliant
- W3C compliant
We will also produce an Accessibility Statement for the website and keep it updated.
Hosting and Email
Your website needs to be secure and fast. This is made much easier by using quality web hosting.
We work with a top UK web hosting provider to offer web hosting for parish councils. We will take care of everything required to set up your website and email services with that provider, but you pay the provider directly for your web hosting service. This differs from most other agencies offering websites for parish councils who provide the hosting themselves. The advantage to you is that by using a 3rd party web hosting provider you will benefit from 24/7 hosting support for your website, and can much more easily upgrade or move your website hosting in the future.
If you take out a website maintenance plan with us we will be your primary contact for any help you need with your website, but if you have an issue that is hosting related we can communicate with the hosting provider on your behalf to resolve the issue.
Our provider offers very competitively priced hosting packages to suit most requirements.
Parish council website features:
- Easy to use and update
- Standards compliant
- Mobile friendly
- News section
- Documents section
- Member profiles
- Custom navigation
- Unlimited content
- Custom design
- Safe and secure
- Training & support
Our low cost parish council website prices start at £600 + VAT, depending on your requirements.
Website maintenance plans start at £200 +VAT per year.
Hosting plans start at £50 + VAT per year.
Please contact us to discuss further.