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Presentation made for Making Links 2008 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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