In today’s Technique Tuesday, I give a general overview of what a useful choral department website should be and lay out an exact outline for Choir Nation to use for their own website.
General tips for a choral department webiste
- Find out what you’re allowed to share publicly and what should be behind a password
- As few pages/tabs as possible
- Clearly defined sections.
- Use Title/Header 1/Header 2/Paragraph fonts
- Choose sans serif fonts on white background
- No comic sans
- Limit photos/Do not steal photos from Google
- use Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/) FREE
- depositphotos.com is a personal favorite of the Find Your Forte podcast
- Brand it with school colors
- The general aesthetic should be of a choral department that should be taken seriously, without being too pretentious
- Choose first or third person voice and STAY CONSISTENT throughout the site
- Intentionally hide or bury items that make your life difficult. For example, if you’d rather parents email you, don’t put your phone number and extension in the header of your site at 32pt font.
- Consistency and organization is key
- Use a tinyURL if you have a huge URL for your school choral website
- It’s your job to train your students/their parents not to bother you. Make them bookmark it.
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