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CES offers cost-effective custom web design and development, Drupal and WordPress Content Management Systems, and web hosting & support, and our websites are created to meet Level AA accessibility standards. We work with a variety of school districts and organizations to help deliver custom, accessible, and affordable solutions for their web needs.

Our Approach 

With extensive expertise in user friendly, accessible, and mobile responsive design; your site will reflect up-to-the minute best practices. Easy content organization and management keeps you feeling comfortable and confident that you can keep your site up to date without involving an outside vendor.

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Gill-Montague Regional Public Schools

Gill-Montague website

Gill-Montague had a series of websites for each of the schools within the district, all with different themes and no way to navigate between them easily. They also had an outside vendor handling content updates. This made it difficult and costly to get information on the website in a timely manner.

CES was able to build a new site in Drupal, creating a hierarchy between the district and each of the schools. Using a slightly different color scheme within that hierarchy allowed each of the sites to share content and navigation. They now have control over their own content.

Amherst-Pelham Regional School District

Amherst Schools website

Amherst-Pelham wanted to replace their old design. It was very static, difficult to edit, and felt outdated. They were looking for a fresh design that would be easy to navigate, tie the school sites together, and be easy to manage. CES worked with ARPS to design a new website in Drupal, and held a series of training sessions to give Amherst-Pelham content staff the power to control their own content.

Belchertown Public Schools

Belchertown web site

BPS had a common complaint: they were paying too much for something they couldn’t easily use. Their website was built on the Joomla! content management system, which is hard to manage and not user friendly to content editors. They wanted a vendor that could build them a new site on an easy-to-use platform. They also wanted training, technical support, and hosting.

We worked with them to develop their new site in Drupal, provided a series of in-person and phone training sessions, and were able to make content editing simple for each of the schools.

Greenfield Public Schools

Greenfield website

GPS needed a website that would do a better job at helping them connect with their community. The site needed to provide information to parents, such as contact information, district and school-specific information, delays and cancellations, and a calendar of events.. They also wanted to provide a “hub” for students and give them quick access to resources, tools, email, etc.

CES built a new GPS website that included an easy-to-navigate design that was accessible to students, families, community and staff; with expanded calendar features; and integrated social media. Integrating photography throughout, the design feels fresh and reflects the learning and activities at Greenfield Public Schools.

Hatfield Public Schools

Hatfield website

CES built Hatfield Public Schools a brand new site, rather than trying to fix their old one. The Hatfield team and CES Web worked together on the site’s design – developing and testing through the spring and launching the new website over summer break.

The new site has a new layout, a dynamic news section offering a variety of articles created by school personnel, a more secure platform, accessible staff directories with contact information, integrated calendars, easier content management and more intuitive navigation.

Emerging America

Emerging America website

Emerging America is a grant funded program at CES. They provide educator professional development and online resources to nurture critical thinking about the American experience and its global context. They previously housed a wide array of content on multiple different sites. As the EA team refined and expanded the instructional and content resources offered online for educators, they wanted a more cohesive and cleaner approach for their new site. Rebuilding the Emerging America website consisted of combining 3 separate WordPress sites into a single cohesive Drupal site, and importing and editing all the content. The new site offers more expansive and customizable features, layouts, and styles for the content editors to take advantage of as they expand.

Are you interested in learning more about our website development services?

If so, we would be happy to answer your questions and talk with you about your project.

Travis Johnston
Web Systems Architect
413.586.4900 x5093
tjohnston@collaborative.org
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