Technical information

We are HR professionals with some IT expertise. Our aim is to enable you to make your HR policies and procedures accessible to all your staff.  So the Staff Handbook format is designed to do just that.  We welcome your feedback on how to improve the format and accessibility.

We use Joomla open source software.  Joomla is one of the world's leading content management systems (CMS).  Open source means that it is continually being developed by a user community and is supplied at no licence cost.  It is totally legitimate to use the software for any of our clients at no licence cost to you.  The only proviso is that we must continue to display the GNU/GPL licence agreement at the foot of each page.

Joomla uses SQL databases with PHP admin.  Your Staff Handbook includes a number of additional open source extensions for increased functionality.  Joomla is automatically updated with new versions.

You have full super administrator rights to the 'back end' of your sub domain site.  That means you can edit content, add or subtract menus and change the layout.  You allocate users as you wish.  So all users can see all content or you can decide to restrict certain content to specific users (for example, some forms to members of the HR team).

The editors are WYSIWYG, similar to Word, and easy to master.  We are happy to demonstrate how to administer the Staff Handbook site and provide a Help website as well as start-up notes.  You can of course also access the Joomla website and help forum.

We use UK based servers with a very good record of 'up-time'.  The servers are configured to take regular back-ups in case of data loss or data corruption.

We offer a well-proven software system and structure.  However significant IT problems are outside our remit and you will need to call on your own IT Support for problems with your own system and infrastructure.

If you have any questions about the system or specification required, you can contact us through the Contact Form.