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.
Running a website involves a lot of management. Staff members and trustees need to plan the website, communicate back and forth with the web designer, collaborate to create content, set tasks and deadlines and allocate work to volunteers. At every stage documentation can end up duplicated, spread across several peoples’ computers and is never to hand when you need it. To make managing your website easier, consider using an online project management tool like Basecamp.
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.