Beachwood Schools Website Wins WebAward

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The Beachwood School's website, designed and developed by WRIS, a Cleveland web design firm, received a "Standard of Excellence" WebAward in the "School" category of the Web Marketing Association's thirteenth annual WebAward Competition for website development. 2009 marks the seventh consecutive year of WebAward wins (thirteen total) for WRIS.

well laid out and easy to navigate.

Western Reserve Internet Services, Inc., a Cleveland web design and development firm headquarted in Warrensville Heights, received a Standard of Excellence award for Beachwood School's website in the Web Marketing Association's thirteenth annual WebAward Competition. The Beachwood School's website (http://www.beachwoodschools.org), won in the School category. To date, WRIS has won thirteen WebAwards with 2009 marking the seventh consecutive year of wins.

The website WRIS developed for Beachwood Schools was launched in February of 2009 after several months of careful planning and programming. Located in an east side suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, The Beachwood City School District has approximately 1,600 students enrolled in four separate school buildings. In an effort to streamline communication, the newly designed website includes updateable news and announcements on the home page and a powerful school-wide calendar sortable by school campus and category. All of the site's content, including photographs, is updateable through a password-protected Content Manager managed entirely by school staff. The mission of the new Beachwood Schools website is to make it easy for prospective families to gather information about the school district, and provide valuable information to existing members of the school community including students, parents, faculty & staff and alumni.

The Beachwood School's website scored well above the industry average for design, content, technology, copywriting and ease of use. Judges from the WebAward competition said, "This site is a great first step toward providing better school websites." Another judge commented that the site was "well laid out and easy to navigate."

Founded by the Web Marketing Association in 1997, the WebAwards is the standards-defining competition that sets industry benchmarks based on the seven criteria of a successful website: design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copywriting, and ease of use. Thousands of sites were adjudicated in 96 industry categories during this year's competition. The competition was judged by a team of independent Internet professionals representing a variety of relevant disciplines of Web site development. Judges included members of the media, advertising executives, site designers, corporate marketing executives, content providers and webmasters.

The goal of the WebAwards is to provide a forum to recognize the people and organizations responsible for developing some of the most effective websites on the Internet today. Beyond validation, entrants benefit from a website assessment by a professional judging panel, which provides specific feedback on how each site ranks against standards of excellence.
About The Web Marketing Association, Inc.

The Web Marketing Association is working to create a high standard of excellence for Web site development and marketing on the Internet. Staffed by volunteers, it is made up of Internet marketing, advertising, PR and design professionals who share an interest in improving the quality of Website development and marketing on the Internet. Since 1997, the Web Marketing

Association's annual WebAward Competition has been helping interactive professionals promote themselves, their companies, and their best work to the outside world. Now in its thirteenth year, the WebAward Competition has become the premier award event for Web developers and marketers worldwide. Its website is located at http://www.webaward.org.

About WRIS

WRIS, Inc. is an award-winning, Cleveland and West Palm Beach web design and web development company founded in 1996. Their primary objective is to develop practical websites and nurture long-term client relationships. Committed to understanding their clients' businesses and goals before beginning projects, WRIS is able to deliver websites that effectively reflect their clients' messages, increase profitability and support steady growth. Visit http://www.wris.com for more information on all their services including SEO, web hosting and Postini reseller services.

About Beachwood Schools

The Beachwood City School District is located in Beachwood, Ohio, an eastside suburb of Cleveland. Approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in four schools. The Beachwood City School District is guided by this mission statement: To develop intellectual entrepreneurs with a social conscience. These carefully chosen eight words mean the District is centered on the development of creative, knowledge-seeking members of the community who will take risks and see the big picture; young men and women who will become the responsible global leaders of tomorrow. Visit http://www.beachwoodschools.org for more information.

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