Simplify Your Website

Cleaning up your website can improve user experience for staff and visitorsThink of your website like a school locker. Over time, it gets filled with old papers, notices, and items no longer needed. Start by removing outdated content - like past events, old newsletters or unnecessary files. This isn’t just about tidiness; it helps parents and students find the information they need quickly.

Bonus: removing old data will improve navigating the website control panel because you or your staff won't wade through dozens of years-old items to find your more recent content. Removing dated content can also improve your ADA compliance - no need to clean-up old files or news posts if they can be deleted!

Did you know?

  • Old events or news items can be purged based on date.
  • Files can be bulk-deleted and the CMS will notify you before deleting files that have been linked to.

Plan Ahead: Leverage your Calendar

Use Upcoming Events to display the next several district events in custom look tailored to your district.For many schools, the calendar is bustling with events, from the excitement of back-to-school drives to the pomp of graduation ceremonies. To keep everyone informed and engaged, it's crucial to update your calendars well in advance. This allows you to strategically highlight upcoming activities ensuring parents, students, and staff have all the details they need to participate and plan accordingly.

Think of this as mapping out the school year’s major milestones, providing a clear overview of what’s coming up. Promoting events in advance reduces last-minute rushes and provides greater opportunity to showcase the vibrant life of your school community. With user-friendly tools, updating your calendar can be as simple as entering event details once and having them automatically populate on your website.

Did you know?

  • Events can be added quickly by copying existing events or importing a spreadsheet of events.
  • The Foxbright CMS can sync to many 3rd party calendar systems if you prefer to maintain your events elsewhere. These synced calendars can be displayed alongside other district calendars.
  • Building out a breakfast/lunch menu? The Menus module offers a quick way to add & replicate menu items by day or week.

Being Found: Demystifying SEO

Use meta details to boost your SEO and help visitors find what they needSearch Engine Optimization (SEO), or how easily people can find your website through search engines like Google, might sound overly technical. Have no fear: making sure your website speaks the same language as the rest of the internet can be achieved by any user: no magic or coding required!

Tips include using short-yet-descriptive titles for your pages and utilizing meta keywords & descriptions to match what parents or new students might search for. It is also important to make sure you don't have multiple pages with the same or similar content as this can confuse search engines as to what page is the most relevant.

Did you know?

  • Every webpage has built-in meta tools in the page settings.
  • Pages that shouldn't appear in results can be hidden from the sitemap.
  • If a page should be deleted, the CMS will identify references to the page to prevent broken links.
  • Web Administrators can create URL Redirects for pages that are moved or consolidated - this way urls that have been indexed or shared will still work and direct visitors to the new location.

Easy Navigation: Make Your Site User-Friendly

A website should be easy to navigate, allowing anyone to find what they need without frustration. This might mean rethinking how your menu is organized or ensuring key information is just a click or few from the homepage. Similar to a bulletin board - important information should front and center, or have an obvious way for visitors to learn more.

Tip: Just because something is important, doesn't mean it needs to live directly on the homepage. Content living on the homepage doesn't mean it's easy to find if the homepage is disorganized or cluttered.

Did you know?

  • Foxbright can style drop menus in many different ways. If you have many items in a single menu, we can turn menus into multiple columns or build 'mega menus' that can guide a visitor to the resource they need.
  • Modules such as spotlights, news, or galleries can serve as sub-menus to visually promote resources elsewhere on the website.
  • If you need to reorganize the page tree, the system will find and correct links to any page that has been moved or renamed.

The Little Things that Matter

Update your staff directory, ensure your site is accessible, refresh galleries with new images - these are small changes that can make a big difference. As a school, it is important for your visitors to be able to trust the information you provide to be accurate and up-to-date.

Swapping out gallery images or adding timely news posts helps your site feel more dynamic and engaging and can help enforce your district identity. Removing outdated content will make it easier for visitors to find what they need, and reduce confusion when they don't have to parse through irrelevant information.

Did you know?

  • Updating/deleting/adding staff accounts will automatically update any staff directory throughout the site? Foxbright also offers automatic staff account syncing to external databases.
  • Updating news or galleries will automatically populate areas of the site where the gallery or news feed has been placed.
  • Tidying up your site can range from some simple updates to a full redesignFollowing ADA Compliance standards has become one of the key components to improving SEO. 

Is it Time for a Fresh Start?

Do you love your design but not the content? Well designed websites can absolutely 'feel new again' with some attention and focus on the content. Re-organizing the navigation & content, utilizing or approaching existing features differently, replacing dated graphics, or re-structuring the presentation can often go a long way. Your website provider should be able to assist with ideas for re-organization, style adjustments, and feature utilization.

Perhaps it's simply time for a fresh start. Here are some things to consider if you're thinking about a full redesign:

  • How old is your current design? Web standards and trends change rapidly. If your current site was launched 5+ years ago you might benefit from an updated look.
  • Do you have enough real-estate for the content you need to share? Foxbright's modern templates are pre-built with unique sections, a variety of layouts, and unlimited pages so you can display more content without presenting like a wall of text. 
  • Is your organization undergoing a re-brand? A new website is a great tool to enforce your identity. Maybe it's just time for a new look!
  • Have you been cited for ADA compliance issues? If your website technology isn't up to compliance standards, it might be time to consider a new website provider.

Redesigns don't have to be stressful! When Foxbright updates a current client's site, we'll automatically migrate content into the new design and provide guidance on how to re-imagine the existing content into the updated design. For new clients, we'll manually migrate the content for you and work closely with your team to re-work your content or website structure to feel fresh and inviting. 

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What Foxbright Clients Say

- Blissfield Community Schools "We have used Foxbright for almost 9 years now and have had a great working relationship with them. Responses are always quick and courteous."
- Blissfield Community Schools "We recently did a redesign of our website and we are so pleased with the new web interface. Their interface is easy to use and intuitive. Foxbright continues to keep up with the trends and over the past 9 years there have been many new features and functions."
- Byron Center Public Schools "We are very happy with this organization. They are great to work with! Sharp group of professionals and always helpful."
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- Grand Ledge Public Schools "For many people, a school district's website often provides the first impression... and those are very powerful and influential. I can not imagine using a different website technology provider – I think Foxbright is tops in so many ways!"
- Kent ISD “Foxbright is a technology company that knows how to communicate, rather than a communication company that dabbles in technology.”
- Muskegon Area ISD "We been very satisfied with the quality and flexibility of Foxbright's CMS. We continue to enjoy a positive and creative partnership with Foxbright and look forward to implementing new features."
- Saline Schools "When any issue comes up, the Foxbright support team is only an email or phone call away. They always respond very quickly to the issues which wasn't our experience with our last website vendor."
- Saline Schools "The PD yesterday was awesome! The hybrid you did for us was great. It was short, quick and covered the areas we wanted to in a short time. Thank you for being flexible and rolling with our PD style yesterday. Excited to be ADA compliant."
- Southfield Public Schools "It has been a joy and a pleasure to work with Foxbright because they are such a responsive company."
- Vicksburg Community Schools "Our Head of Technology and I both marveled at how thorough, seamless, simple, and cost-efficient the site transfer process was last Fall and at how easy it is to maintain and change the site to fit our needs. Thank you for all you do to help us look good!"
- Wayland Union Schools "Our experience in working with Foxbright to create the new website was wonderful from start to finish. We finished the project under schedule and our parents, staff and community are happy with the new site."