There are quite a few people today who still ponder on the question "Do I really need to have a website?".The answer is "absolutely!" For many of us, the benefits of having a website are obvious and for some businesses to function or even exist, having a website is everything.
Here are few reasons why you need to have a website:
Comprehensive platform to showcase your School information: You may use the website as a comprehensive platform to showcase your School information, Facilities, Course Offerings, Important Notices etc. Through integration with EZ-School core ERP modules, you will be able to publish examination schemes, results etc. and much more stuff like sending SMS to parents from your website.
Brand promotion: Good branding does not mean that you must follow traditional media. Your website can be a great platform to promote your brand. This is true for all organizations and business houses. And that’s not all. You can actually save a lot of money by updating information online rather than reprinting brochure or catalogs.
Round the Clock 24/7 access: Normally an offline business cannot offer services round the clock. But if you have a website your school can be accessed 24/7 so your school actually works when you are sleeping.
Clear articulation and better communication: No other media provides so much flexibility as internet. You can use videos for demo or virtual tour, text to highlight salient points, images to show the facilities, interactive charts to engage the students, parents etc. All you need is to plan it properly.
Better Parents & Students satisfaction by listening to them: You need a website if you want to listen to Parents & Students feedback. Your website can offer you a huge pile of data on what the Parents & Students need and depending on that you can improve your school.
Reaching out to parents & students as and when they want: What do you do when you need something? Don’t you Google it even at midnight? Your website can do the same for your target audience.
Take your business beyond geographical borders: The Internet and your website have no international borders. People all across the world can access your website and get to know more about your school or college attracting international students.
Stand out from the crowd: When you have an effective website you are able to stand out from your competitors.
How EZ-School can help?
With EZ-School, You’ll get a "live" Joomla based website, integrated with the core ERP modules along with your desired EZ-School.com sub-domain name,. This means you don’t need to worry about paying extra for domain name or hosting your website.
Joomla! gives you the opportunity to manage the content of your website or to expand further through other powerful Joomla! extensions.
Why Joomla! CMS?
Joomla is so much more than just a powerful content management system. Here is a list of features "out of the box," but the true power of Joomla is in its extensibility.
Joomla has a registration system that allows users to configure personal options. There are nine user groups with various types of permissions on what users are allowed to access, edit, publish and administrate.
Authentication is an important part of user management and Joomla support multiple protocols, including LDAP, OpenID, and even Gmail. This allows users to use their existing account information to streamline the registration process.
The Media Manager is the tool for easily managing media files or folders and you can configure the MIME type settings to handle any type of file. The Media Manager is integrated into the Article Editor tool so you can grab images and other files at any time.
There is international support for many world languages and UTF-8 encoding. If you need your Web site in one language and the administrator panel in another, multiple languages are possible.
It's easy to set up banners on your Web site using the Banner Manager, starting with creating a client profile. Once you add campaigns and as many banners as you need, you can set impression numbers, special URLs, and more.
The Contact Manager helps your users to find the right person and their contact information. It also supports multiple contact forms going to specific individuals as well as groups.
If you want to find out more about your users, it's easy to create polls with multiple options.
Help navigate users to most popular search items and provide the admin with search statistics.
Web Link Management
Providing link resources for site users is simple and you can sort them into categories, even count every click.
Joomla's simplified three-tiered system of articles makes organizing your content a snap. You can organize your content any way you want and not necessarily how it will be on your Web site. Your users can rate articles, e-mail them to a friend, or automatically save a PDF (with UTF-8 support for all languages). Administrators can archive content for safekeeping, hiding it from site visitors.
On public Web sites, built-in e-mail cloaking protects email addresses from spambots.
Creating content is simple with the WYSIWYG editor, giving even novice users the ability to combine text, images in an attractive way. Once you've created your articles, there are a number of pre-installed modules to show the most popular articles, latest new items, newsflashes, related articles, and more.
Syndication and Newsfeed Management
With Joomla, it's easy to syndicate your site content, allowing your users to subscribe to new content in their favorite RSS reader. It's equally easy to integrate RSS feeds from other sources and aggregate them all on your site.
The Menu Manager allows you to create as many menus and menu items as you need. You can structure your menu hierarchy (and nested menu items) completely independent of your content structure. Put one menu in multiple places and in any style you want; use rollovers, dropdown, flyouts and just about any other navigation system you can think of. Also automatic breadcrumbs are generated to help navigate your site users.
Templates in Joomla are a powerful way to make your site look exactly the way you want and either use a single template for the entire site or a separate template for each site section. The level of visual control goes a step further with powerful template overrides, allowing you to customize each part of your pages.
Integrated Help System
Joomla has a built-in help section to assist users with finding what they need. A glossary explains the terms in plain English, a version checker makes sure you're using the latest version, a system information tool helps you troubleshoot, and, if all else fails, links to a wealth of online resources for additional help and support.
Speedy page loads are possible with page caching, granular-level module caching, and GZIP page compression.
If your system administrator needs to troubleshoot an issue, debugging mode and error reporting are invaluable.
The FTP Layer allows file operations (like installing Extensions) without having to make all the folders and files writable, making your site administrator's life easier and increasing the security of your site.
Administators quickly and efficiently communicate with users one-on-one through private messaging or all site users via the mass mailing system.
With Web services, you can use Remote Procedure Calls (via HTTP and XML). You can also integrate XML-RPC services with the Blogger and Joomla APIs.
These are just some of the basic Joomla features and the real power is in the way you customize Joomla. Visit the Joomla Extensions Directory to see thousands of ways to enhance Joomla to suit your needs.