Backing up your website is an essential, regular task but one that often gets overlooked or taken for granted. I automate the task using a WordPress plugin called BackupBuddy.
I gave this presentation on 18th July at WordCamp in Manchester, UK. It assesses how suitable WordPress can be for small nonprofit organisations and gives advice on working and volunteering in the voluntary sector.
A volunteer could give their time and skills to help you build your website. However, you need to think carefully about your expectations, be realistic about what can be achieved and how quickly, and plan for the inevitable time when your volunteer decides to quit.
If you’re planning to have a new website, or improve your existing site, you should put your requirements down on paper in the form of a project brief. On the Boagworld website you’ll find a great guide to putting together a successful website project brief.
Making Links is a nonprofit technology conference that took place in Melbourne in mid November 2009. They held an additional Intensive Web Developers Day and I ran one of the sessions, on the topic of getting your nonprofit’s website noticed. Here’s the presentation to accompany the workshop.
Today, as part of the Making Links 2008 conference, there’s a one-off event about web development for non-profit organisations. I just gave a presentation about managing a non-profit website.
In the first of several posts I’m going to suggest why your nonprofit organisation should apply for a Google Grant and how it can boost visits to your website. It’s free advertising, only available to nonprofit organisations, that advertises your website to people when they perform relevant searches using Google.
Today at the Connecting Up 2008 conference I gave a presentation about how to plan the development of your nonprofit’s website, and here’s the slideshow that accompanied it.
Is your charity’s website well-designed and does it perform as well as it should? Here are eight simple tests to help you find out. None of these tests require you to understand web design but you may need to go back to your web designer to resolve any problems that you find. First, let’s check your site’s code for errors.
Online discussion forums enable your website’s visitors to have a conversation. Your website could host a busy virtual community; and if you are a health organisation you could even use forums to provide an Internet-based support network. In 2007 the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust won an eWellbeing award for its use of online forums in building social networks. This case study explains what was learnt along the way.
Nonprofit organisations can put a lot of time, effort into their website, but if no-one looks at it, that effort is wasted. This article discusses how you can promoting your organisation’s website to increase its impact. Website promotion is something that is often overlooked. In order to get noticed your website will need to have compelling content, be well designed, have a strong presence on search engines, and a marketing strategy.
There are many ways that charities can use the Internet to their benefit, beyond having a simple ‘brochure-style’ website. The Media Trust have published a free booklet of case studies about volunary organisations’ use of new media and I recommend it to any charity that wants to make an impact online but doesn’t know which tools to choose.