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Parish and town council website development

We have developed a new website template being offered to parish and town councils which may be looking to modernise their own websites. The template would guarantee compliance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 and be responsive to any mobile device. Webmaster support would be from within the county council's digital team.

You can find a preview of the template on our demonstration parish council website.

Anyone interested in discussing this further can contact digital@staffordshire.gov.uk to arrange a conversation.


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About the template site

Our parish and town council website template is built using WordPress, the most popular open source content management system (CMS), used by approximately 75 million websites. It is highly customisable but requires very little knowledge of website maintenance in order to be updated. If you can use Microsoft Word, you can almost certainly use WordPress without very little additional knowledge.

The template site is setup to include the following as standard:

  • Website homepage with scrolling images of your parish/town, customisable links to most popular pages or services your residents might use, lists of top news stories and notices, and featured content from the borough/district council and the county council.
  • Custom website footer containing important information and links to local services (e.g. doctors, hospitals, pharmacists, libraries, recycling centres, rights of way, etc.)
  • Pages about the parish/town, with sections for the history of the parish/town, local clubs and organisations, education and welfare, health and leisure, and visiting the area/tourism.
  • A section on council members, including information on becoming a councillor.
  • News and events section, with latest news displayed as an automatically updating list upon publishing of new items, and an events calendar using an 'accordion' widget.
  • A section for meetings - this can be organised however you wish, though most go for yearly lists of meetings with links to agendas and minutes.
  • Publications and transparency section - display all materials online as required by the Transparency Code.
  • SSL certificate (a digital certificate that provides authentication for a website and enables an encrypted connection).

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