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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Drupal – have a play Log in details for Making Links; http://www.kathyreid.com.au/drupal   Username : MakingLinks Password : MakingLinks
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
Joomla – have a play Log in details for Making Links; http://www.kathyreid.com.au/joomla Username : MakingLinks Password : MakingLinks
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
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!!
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
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
Moodle – have a play Log in details for Making Links; http://www.kathyreid.com.au/moodle   Username : MakingLinks Password : MakingLinks
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)‏
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
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

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Making something out of nothing: Free software for non-profit organisations

  • 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