<ul><ul><li>Intensive Web Day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making something out of nothing: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usefu...
<ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work full time at Deakin University in technical root cause analysis role (ITIL P...
<ul><li>Key principles  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every software item presented is FREE - not shareware, not limited use, FREE...
<ul><li>WordPress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.wordpress.org   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal publishing system –...
<ul><li>WordPress (cont'd)‏ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Readily extendable using plugins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited inte...
<ul><li>WordPress – have a play </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Log in details for Making Links; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://w...
<ul><li>Drupal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.drupal.org   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full fledged content management sy...
<ul><li>Drupal – have a play </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Log in details for Making Links; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www....
<ul><li>Joomla </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.joomla.org   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More complex than both WordPress a...
<ul><li>Joomla – have a play </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Log in details for Making Links; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www....
<ul><li>CiviCRM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.civicrm.org   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Constituent relationship manag...
<ul><li>CiviCRM (cont'd)‏ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is available as a plugin for either Drupal or Joomla – so you are not boun...
<ul><li>CiviCRM – have a play </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Log in details for Making Links; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www...
<ul><li>Moodle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.moodle.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning management system </li></ul...
<ul><li>Moodle – have a play </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Log in details for Making Links; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www....
<ul><li>Filezilla </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://filezilla-project.org   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free FTP program </li></...
<ul><li>Open Office </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.openoffice.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative to Microsoft Of...
<ul><li>Freemind </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://freemind.sourceforge.net   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mind mapping program –...
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  • Making something out of nothing: Free software for non-profit organisations

    1. 1. <ul><ul><li>Intensive Web Day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making something out of nothing: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Useful free software for the non-profit organisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kathy Reid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://blog.kathyreid.id.au </li></ul></ul>
    2. 2. <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work full time at Deakin University in technical root cause analysis role (ITIL Problem Management)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involved with PHPWomen.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involved with Software Freedom Day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involved with creation of not for profit websites </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Key principles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every software item presented is FREE - not shareware, not limited use, FREE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not necessarily open source </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use, to learn and to teach to others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows for interoperability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should be well documented, stable and mature as a product </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>WordPress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.wordpress.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal publishing system – not as full on as something like Joomla or Drupal – but can easily manage the website content for a small (<50 page) website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to teach volunteers how to use it – very good WYSIWYG editor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use Dashboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two types of content – Posts and Pages </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>WordPress (cont'd)‏ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Readily extendable using plugins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited integration with e-commerce or payment solutions – not easily done 'out of the box' </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to re-skin (redesign look and feel)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Runs best on Linux hosting rather than Windows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be easily customised using PHP </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>WordPress – have a play </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Log in details for Making Links; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.kathyreid.com.au/wordpress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for the 'Site Admin' link </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Username : MakingLinks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Password : MakingLinks </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Drupal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.drupal.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full fledged content management system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extendable with modules (similar to the way WordPress is extendable with plugins)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has Pages and Stories – similar to Pages and Posts in WordPress </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Drupal – have a play </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Log in details for Making Links; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.kathyreid.com.au/drupal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Username : MakingLinks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Password : MakingLinks </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>Joomla </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.joomla.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More complex than both WordPress and Drupal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is a content 'portal' based on modules, with customisable layouts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Granular permission system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extendable with plugins and modules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suitable for large, complex sites </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Joomla – have a play </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Log in details for Making Links; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.kathyreid.com.au/joomla </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Username : MakingLinks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Password : MakingLinks </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>CiviCRM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.civicrm.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Constituent relationship management” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps to manage contacts – donors, volunteers and other groups that are associated with your organisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows you to send mailings to groups of contacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows you to manage memberships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows you to manage event registrations </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>CiviCRM (cont'd)‏ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is available as a plugin for either Drupal or Joomla – so you are not bound to one if you wish to use CiviCRM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Not integrated at all with WordPress but the CiviCRM community is talking about it)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Steep learning curve, but well worth the effort </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No more spreadsheets with volunteer and donor details!! </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>CiviCRM – have a play </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Log in details for Making Links; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.kathyreid.com.au/drupal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on 'CiviCRM' link on left hand menu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Username : MakingLinks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Password : MakingLinks </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>Moodle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.moodle.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning management system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is structured around courses and learning content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can do quizzes, links to resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Structures courses into topics – ie for delivery over several weeks or sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Useful addendum to training sessions – for instance volunteer training </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>Moodle – have a play </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Log in details for Making Links; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.kathyreid.com.au/moodle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Username : MakingLinks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Password : MakingLinks </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. <ul><li>Filezilla </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://filezilla-project.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free FTP program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Available for Windows, Mac and Linux </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use interface </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can save shortcuts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can have 'queues' for downloading or uploading multiple batches of FTP files at the same time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows setting of file system permissions (on Unix/Linux based file systems)‏ </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. <ul><li>Open Office </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.openoffice.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative to Microsoft Office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Available for Windows, Mac and Linux </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has around 70% of the functionality of Microsoft Office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interoperability issues with the new .docx, .xlsx etc formats in Office 2007 </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. <ul><li>Freemind </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://freemind.sourceforge.net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mind mapping program – useful for brainstorming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Available for Windows, Mac and Linux </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be exported to JPEG, HTML, text document etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can add icons to branches of the mind map </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited formatting options </li></ul></ul>

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