MCPS Website to Debut Improvements This Summer
The Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) central office website, www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org, provides an important online connection for staff, students, parents and community members. Each school day, thousands of people visit the district’s central website to access information or to connect with their schools. At any given time during a school day, as many as 2,500 people are on the MCPS webpages. The Department of Communications’ Web Services Team works daily with school and office webmasters to ensure websites are updated.
A significant upgrade is coming to the MCPS central office site this summer. It will include a new look and feel that will enhance the visitor experience. The upgrades will:
- Modernize the visitor experience: MCPS’ improved website will include a new color theme, bigger images, exciting and informative videos, improved performance to meet Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines and more.
- Ensure the items most searched for are easy to find: The Web Services Team used Google Analytics to determine what visitors most frequently search for on the MCPS website. Based on this analysis, information such as school websites, the staff directory, Board of Education meeting dates and bus route information, will be easier to find.
- Provide improved navigation options: The new website will include multiple page menus and featured “clickable” content, and uses redundant placement of navigational buttons throughout each page. The search function, powered by Google, remains an effective way to locate information and items of interest. Many results will continue to show as recommended links.
- Enrich the mobile experience: Since the MCPS website was redesigned in 2014 to be mobile responsive, its visitors from phones and tablets are at 47 percent. Mobile device compatibility has been a focus of the new design as well, including navigation tools and “clickable” content.
Changes to the MCPS website will continue throughout the 2018–2019 school year, including an improved search engine and the replacement of the content management system (CMS).