“ Small organisations need to develop their site in bits and pieces, whenever small pots of money become available. ”
“ With Wordpress it's very easy to get a basic version up-and-running and then add functionality over time. ”
“ You can get a free account, start developing content immediately, and migrate to a custom install later ”
“ Nonprofits would find the process of setting up a WordPress site from scratch quite daunting. ”
“ It's got pretty good anti-spam capability for your commenting ”
In small organisations red tape is almost non-existent and simple Wordpress sites - even from free themes - simply do the job, and everyone is happy.
“ Most non-profits aren't bothered about what open source is, so long as it works. But some see it as an ethical decision. ”
“ Education and local government clients are often in favour of open source. But progress can be hampered by in-house IT teams because they have invested so much money in the very opposite of open source software. ” But as budgets are tightened there may be less project by committee.
“ WordPress is working great. We're looking at BuddyPress now ” <ul>A social networking plugin for WordPress. Many voluntary organisations run niche discussion, self-help and social forums. Ning started charging for its service recently and lots of nonprofits are looking for an alternative. </ul>
“ It's not a proper CMS, meaning it doesn't support things like versioning, flexible document search, workflow natively. ”
“ If you need lots of "enterprise" CMS features, you end up having to install dozens of plugins, which have different user interfaces, different levels of quality, etc. ” “ Then you lose the benefits of Wordpress in the first place -- fast, agile, efficient for small projects. ”
“ It's known by lots of developers so in theory it's easy to get people to customise it ”
“ WordPress developers seem to have little knowledge or regard for accessibility issues. ”
“ It's the end of having to employ second rate cheap agencies who will build you something that you need them to maintain. ”
“ There are lots of developers for WordPress but lots aren't any good -- it's hard to choose a good one! ”
LASA Suppliers Directory www.lasa.org.uk/ict/suppliers-directory Helps charities find trustworthy, reputable ICT suppliers who understand and work with the voluntary sector.
How many companies in the suppliers directory say they offer WordPress as a CMS?
Ways to find nonprofit clients <ul>Yahoo Charity Webmasters Group http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/charitywebforum/ UK Riders List http://lists.lasa.org.uk/lists/info/ukriders NCVO Approved Consultants Directory www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/products-services/consultant-directory Netsquared Net Tuesday meetings http://www.meetup.com/The-Manchester-NetSquared-Meetup-Group/ </ul>
iT4Communities www.it4communities.org.uk We match skilled IT professionals who want to volunteer their time and skills, to charities and community groups that have IT needs.
Mental health charity needs WordPress lessons <ul>A mental health charity has a really good WordPress website. They need someone to: <ul><li>show them how to update the site themselves in short one-to-one sessions;
ensure they have all hosting details so they are not reliant on a volunteer in the future;
they would like you to help them set up Google Analytics. </li></ul>Probably about two days' work. A great task if you enjoy training people. </ul>
Social enterprise needs navigation menu tweaked <ul>A new social enterprise has a website based on a Wordpress theme called Clean Home. They're looking for a Wordpress developer to modify it so that they can have a navigation system that can handle more than 1 level. A ten minute task – or is it? What if the theme isn't WordPress version 3 compatible? </ul>
Stroke charity needs CMS <ul>Their webmaster has just resigned due to conflicting priorities and they are unable to update their website. They would like the site redesigned with a CMS so they can make their own changes. They want a shop so they can sell Christmas cards and other goods. You'll need to incorporate a CMS and train them how to use the CMS to update their website. </ul>
Read on... <ul>LASA Knowledgebase www.ictknowledgebase.org.uk Non Profit Website Design: Examples and Best Practices www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/14/non-profit-website-design-examples-and-best-practices </ul>
The following people's opinions were much appreciated <ul>James Tomb of Action Medical Research Will of Mumzine Seb Bacon of Democracy Club Paul Lacey of PLM Creative Deborah Caspar Below Dawn Pierson of People Print </ul>