Hosting a website with the MTA
We will provide space for any MTA local or chapter to host a website on our server. We can also assist you with the initial development of your site, including graphics and web design. Workshops in communications strategy and site development are held in MTA regional offices and at the Summer Conference at Williams College.
There is no cost to MTA locals for any of these services and no monthly hosting fees.
Visit some of the existing local sites to get a feel for what you could do.
You will notice many sites named along the lines of newbedford.massteacher.org or dracut.massteacher.org. These are sites on the MTA server. We will set up a "subdomain" address for you. There is no need to register and pay for your own web domain.
Some of the features that are available:
- A public area
- A members-only area (log-in required)
- President's Blog
- Files for download
- Web tools (contact your legislator, etc.)
- Multimedia (audio/video)
Recommended website development software and services
|Product Name||Product Information|
|Wordpress||WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. WordPress started as just a blogging system, but it has evolved to be used as a full content management system with thousands of plugins, widgets and themes.|
|WebSite X5||WebSite X5 is the most versatile and complete software for creating attractive, professional and functional websites andblogs. You don't need programming skills. It's easy to use, flexible and open to your customization. There are no fees: with 1 licence you can install it on 2 PCs and create all the sites you want.|
|Sandvox||Sandvox is an easy-to-use, WYSIWYG tool for creating Web sites. It's perfect for less technical users who don't want to edit HTML but do want an attractive site that ranks well in search-engine results.|
|BlueGriffon||BlueGriffon is an intuitive application that provides Web authors (beginners or more advanced) with a simple user interface for creating attractive websites without requiring extensive technical knowledge about Web standards.|
|Adobe Dreamweaver||Adobe Dreamweaver is an industry standard for a web development environment. It allows any type of users, from beginners to professionals, from designers to developers, to easily and conveniently create simple or complex dynamic websites. Dreamweaver is available for both Mac and Windows operating systems and comes with a WYSIWYG editor, an FTP Client and many other options.|
Recommended digital image editing software and services
|Product Name||Product Information|
|Pixlr||Pixlr is a free online photo editor. Edit, adjust, crop and filter your images. No registration jump right in!|
|Gimp||GIMP is a multi-platform photo manipulation tool. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. The GIMP is suitable for a variety of image manipulation tasks, including photo retouching, image composition, and image construction.|
|IrfanView||IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative Freeware graphic viewer. You can rotate and resize images, tweak colors, brightness and contrast, add text captions or watermarks, sharpen photos, remove red-eye, batch rename or resize and apply a range of special effects.|
|Adobe Photoshop||Photoshop is the leading digital image editing application for the Internet, print, and other new media disciplines. It is embraced by millions of graphic artists, print designers and visual communicators.|
Visit our tools & tips page for other resources.