Frequently Asked Questions
- Can a .gov domain name be provided?
Yes, we can arrange for a .gov domain name for you and also provide email addresses for all councillors and clerks.
Can I host the template myself?
Yes. Just install Orchard yourself, grab a copy of the recipe (template) and install the recipe
Can the template be customised?
Yes, the template provides the base upon which much more can be added. With solutions hosted by ourselves, we will deploy fixes and updates automatically to keep the site compliant
Do I need to understand html coding to use the template?
The concept is to provide a solution that avoids any coding knowledge but allows a clerk and the Parish to perform its duties. So clerks do not need to understand html coding.
- How long will it take me to learn how to use the template?
Most people just need an hour to get to grips with the basics. However, we can provide as much training as needed or even act as a virtual clerk if needed.
Is the template really free?
Yes, the Template is free. The template is referred to as a Recipe by Ochard Core and we will keep a copy of the recipe available for download and use.
- What is the cost?
See our pricing page for costs prices
- Where is the hosting for the sites?
The hosting is done in the UK using a shared platform to manage costs. Nothing is stored outside of the UK and all relevant legislation is accounted for wit the hosting package provided
- Which CMS is the template based on?
The CMS used is Orchard Core
- Who else is using the template?
A time of writing, April 12th 2020, some 50 Parish councils were using the template and our hosting solution. It was growing at around 5 or 6 per week in 2020.