Websites for Small Orgs – A Resource Round-Up

I’ll be talking to the Audubon Society this weekend about how local chapters can get on the web. I’m hoping to post the slide deck afterwards but in the mean time I wanted to share this list of resources here. It starts from a pretty basic approach but there’s good info in here for every level of web operation. It’s by no means all inclusive, just some links I have found helpful and hope someone else will too – and feel free to add your favorite “Getting Online” resources in the comments.

Resources:

Do you need a website?

–     Website or Facebook Page? Infographic:
http://inspirationfeed.com/inspiration/infographics/to-build-or-not-to-build-a-website-infographic/

–     Top 10 reasons to have a website:
http://nonprofitwebsiteproject.com/resources/10-top-reasons-why-every-nonprofit-should-have-a-website/

General Resources – all kinds of useful stuff

–       Idealware.org: http://idealware.org

–       TechSoup.org: http://techsoup.org

–       NTEN.org: http://nten.org

–       Care 2’s Frogloop blog: http://www.frogloop.com/

–       Google for Nonprofits: http://www.google.com/nonprofits/

General Process Overviews

–       Web Style Guide http://webstyleguide.com

–       NPower: http://www.npowernw.org/knowledge-center/websites-for-nonprofits

–       Network for Good: http://www.fundraising123.org/web-site-101

–       Smashing Magazine: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/06/09/a-comprehensive-website-planning-guide/

–       Site Wizard: http://www.thesitewizard.com/gettingstarted/startwebsite.shtml

Fundraising:

–       Network for Good Learning Center: http://www.fundraising123.org

Graphics & Design

Infographic – all about images for the web: http://stedas.hr/infographic-beginners-guide-to-web-image-formats.html

Easy Photo editing tutorial: http://www.companykmedia.com/2011/06/07/tool-tuesday-free-easy-anywhere-photo-editing-with-picnik/

What Not to Do:   Web pages that suck: http://www.webpagesthatsuck.com/

sources for images
Flickr Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons
U.S. Gov’t images: http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Graphics.shtml
Wikimedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Tools for image management
Photoshop Elements from Tech Soup:
http://www.techsoup.org/products/photoshop-elements-11-and-premiere-elements-11-esd–G-45103–AdobeIndividualWin
Pixelmator: http://www.pixelmator.com/

Themes

WordPress

.com themes: http://theme.wordpress.com/

host your own themes: http://wordpress.org/themes/

I have come to like the responsive themes these folks build: http://themeid.com/

For many CMS systems (a mixed bag, proceed with caution) -Theme Forest:  http://themeforest.net/

CMS & Services – links

Hosted Web builders:
Wordpress.com: http://wordpress.com

SquareSpace: http://www.squarespace.com/

Google Sites: https://sites.google.com/

CMS options

Idealware Overview:
http://www.idealware.org/reports/cms2012

Drupal: http://drupal.org

Pantheon (hosted service): https://www.getpantheon.com/
Joomla: http://joomla.org

PicNet Soapbox (hosted service): http://www.nonprofitsoapbox.com/

WordPress

http://wordpress.org

A decent how to: http://buildwebsiteeasyonline.com/

Hosting Options

Dreamhost: http://dreamhost.com/about-us/the-dreamhost-difference/

Lunar Pages: http://www.lunarpages.com/

BlueHost: http://www.bluehost.com/
Third Party (just a few I use)

SEO

http://seo.grassroots.org/guide

http://www.seobook.org/

Social Media

Facebook’s resources for nonprofits: https://www.facebook.com/nonprofits/app_149255468478339

 Tech & Design Volunteer Help

Volunteer Match: www.volunteermatch.org
Idealist.org: http://www.idealist.org/
Sparked: https://www.sparked.com/welcome/nonprofit

 


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