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Running a PTO website

16 years 6 months ago #135805 by dlf
Replied by dlf on topic RE: Running a PTO website
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16 years 6 months ago #135788 by CapeDad
Replied by CapeDad on topic RE: Running a PTO website
We chose PowWeb over godaddy and bravenet. There are many options and each of the companies has slightly different offerings.

A single home page on the school site is good, but you might have to get any change to the web page approved by the school before publishing, which might be tedious. It was for us.

If I had $0 and wanted to get started on a site, I'd either start with orgsites (great calendar feature, but limited -- good deal for free) or one of the services that advertises on free accounts and later lets you upgrade to ad-free and add your domain reg (like freeservers.com).

Our site is capepto.org, and it is doing the job for now. We have a lot of work to do on it though.

Have an idea how you want to use your site before shopping around.

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16 years 6 months ago #135786 by veg4me
Replied by veg4me on topic RE: Running a PTO website
Thanks for the replies. I think I will go with a free site just to get something up and running. When and if we start operating with a positive balance maybe I can upgrade! Our school is 75&#37; low income and we don't get a lot of involvement. Today at our Open House there were 5 people that joined PTO (out of 900 students). We'll keep trying!

By the way, DLF, I used to live in Stafford 4 years ago, my son attended Park Ridge.
16 years 6 months ago #135776 by dlf
Replied by dlf on topic RE: Running a PTO website
we use bravenet.com. I think it was 100 bucks for 2 years and 40 for the domain but we've really gotten a tremendous amount of positive feedback from it. Our website person is fabulous so that helps. brentpto.com
16 years 6 months ago #135774 by Menlo Tigers
We pay for ours, this way we can put what we want on it. It's only $150 and year and you get an email too if you use Register Domain Names at Register.com | Domain Name Registration & Web Hosting Services . The address is easier to remember than the schools or the orgsites, freewebs or any of the other free ones. The school puts our website on the school sign because it is so easy to remember too.

Menlo Elementary School PTO
16 years 6 months ago #135753 by Schroeder
Replied by Schroeder on topic RE: Running a PTO website
I use orgsites.com for our site. It is a free service and is pretty easy to use. The site provides you with template pages to work with. The website does have some limitations, but for a free site it is very good. I was able to get our school to put a link on their site to our group's site to make it easier for parents to find.

You can see our site at: Elm Street School - PAC Page
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