About the NorfolkParishes Project

The old and the new. The new is on the right!

After many years we’re updating the Norfolk Parishes website service and we would like your feedback on our plans.
We are moving all the sites to a Content Management System called WordPress. WordPress is the world’s most widely used web publishing system. Compared to the current system it is:

On Monday March 28th we will change some settings which means after a short period you and your residents will see a newly designed site with all the content you had on it previously. It will be as easy and painless a process as is possible. We have created a sample site demonstrating how the site works.

We really want to hear from parish clerks and you can leave comments either on this site or on the sample site to let us know what could be improved and what you do and don’t like.

On this site you will find more information about the project, the new sites, the benefits of the new system and how to log onto the Sandbox – a site specially set up for clerks to practice using the new system.

Why aren’t we at the top of the Google search for our village?

We were recently asked by a parish council why the old site they had was at the top of Google results for their parish council.

The answer is really simple. Publish more. Google loves fresh, relevant content. Sites that regularly put up new posts with the key words, e.g. YourVillage Parish Council, will appear higher in Google results.

Don’t rely on uploading Minutes of meeting in Word documents.  Google doesn’t rate them as highly as normal HTML web pages.