The Council had an existing website built on a dated platform, that was difficult to administer and vulnerable to cyber attack. By re-designing their entire site and incorporating a raft of security features, they've a revitalised digital asset for their community, councillors and staff.
We always recommend that our Council clients take the opportunity that a new website build project offers to register a .gov.uk domain.
Whilst this is more expensive than the often used .org.uk (due in part to the fact that the registration process for a gov.uk domain is handled manually in consultation with JISC, the UK’s education and research network ) it is the best choice for Parish & Town Councils providing as it does an imprimatur of credibility & trust to your website and email communications.
SeaDog IT has years of expertise in advising council clients on selecting the optimum domain name that complies with the Government Digital Services recommendations for registering websites.
We complete the necessary paperwork and submission for our council clients to ensure the submission goes smoothly and in a timely fashion – as we did for St.Agnes Parish Council.
Whilst Parish Council websites all have similar functions and needs, we don’t believe that this equates to a viewing experience that has to be staid and stolid.
Unlike many similar providers to this sector, we work hard to engender a truly local “look and feel” into the site – often through working with local photographers but always through understanding the particular character of each Parish.
In many examples, we have worked with Councils to provide a whole new “brand” or logo package that is then used across all their digital sites, paperwork and signage. Our focus is to take our digital expertise and deploy it so that we ease staff work flow pressure.
This could be as simple as converting paper or postage based application processes into something that can be carried out “on line” or integrating polling software into their site.
St Agnes PC recently switched its website and email address to .gov.uk. This was done via our website developers, SeaDog IT, who I can’t recommend highly enough.