Help my lab have a solid website.
November 16, 2012 3:22 PM Subscribe
My PI needs a new lab website. She has asked me to look into free hosting/sitebuilder type services ala Google Sites. What is the best service, what are some examples of well-done lab sites using that service, and what are some tips for getting the most out of it?
posted by Scientist to computers & internet (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Hey, I've been asked to help put together a new website for my lab and the PI would like to use one of those free site building/hosting services such as Google Sites. A pretty simple page is all that's needed, something that can serve as a place for her to publicize her projects, host bios for her lab members, display her publication history, etc. Nothing major.
The emphasis is on cost (i.e. free), ease of setup, looks, and flexibility. What would be the best way to go? Is Google Sites the standard for this sort of thing, or are there superior alternatives? (Could a Wordpress blog or something be pressed into service somehow?) What are some great examples of laboratory websites following this model? Can you offer any tips for getting the most out of our chosen service? (How do we get something that looks decent?) Also, are there any features/pages that would be good to have on a page like this that might not have been considered?
Thanks very much for the advice, as always.