HISTORICAL SOCIETIES IN MINNESOTA
WEB SURVEY RESULTS
Results from a 2008 MHS survey
HOW MANY HAVE WEB SITES?
0 80% do have sites
20% do not
WHY DON’T ORGANIZATIONS HAVE WEB SITES?
Not enough technical
No time/personnel to
maintain or update
Other includes information
hosted on someone else’s site
WHY DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION HAVE A
Increase visitors to
10 Increase membership
awareness of our
from our collections
Felt pressure to have
63 web presence for
Let the public know we’re here and hours
It was one thing I wanted to do when started Exec
Make the public aware
History belongs to all and because we work for no
salary, we try to offer as much of our resources to the
Our building is not handicapped accessible. This is one
way to make the collections accessible.
sell items from museum store
WHERE DO YOU HOST YOUR WEB SITE?
Do not understand
Host own server
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
HOW OFTEN IS INFORMATION UPDATED ON
YOUR WEB SITE?
Just getting started
When we can get a web person in to help.
Rarely, because of lack of knowledge and time
…whenever it strikes the fancy or the volunteer
when needed - not often enough!
WHO IS IN CHARGE OF
CREATING/MAINTAINING YOUR WEB
WHO ELSE MAINTAINS?
City employee-no cost to us
Created by contract maintained by staff
Staff provides volunteer with info
It was set up years ago by a volunteer and never updated.
Exec Director son-in-law
IF YOU HAVE YOUR OWN DOMAIN
NAME, WHO IS IN CHARGE OF IT'S
What is a domain
0 10 20
DOMAIN NAME: OTHER
GoDaddy hosts our website and the domain name was
given when starting the website
A local IT company
LEVEL OF TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE FOR
THE PERSON WHO MAINTAINS WEB SITE