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Idealware’s New WordPress Plugins Report

Idealware has established itself as one of the go-to sources for recommendations on nonprofit technology. That’s why I was excited to hear when they began researching for their guide to WordPress plugins for nonprofits.

As a member of the NTEN community, I submitted my own thoughts and recommendations for plugins to the researchers along with other consultants and nonprofit staff who use WordPress. (I was excited then to see that they chose to recommend one of my plugins Feature a Page Widget for use by nonprofits.)

Not Just Plugins

The resulting report includes good information on WordPress plugins, but also similar information to the pages for working with a consultant and before you get started. They also include a great checklist for nonprofits to complete as they prepare to make a DIY WordPress website.

I appreciate their honest take for nonprofits considering making their own WordPress sites:

But success often depends on tolerance for trial-and error, and the ability to devote the time to learning the system—which means, many nonprofits that do try to set up a WordPress site on their own will run into problems.

Hundreds of nonprofits have successfully built their own sites, but those that succeed must work broken features, weird designs, and devote considerable staff (or volunteer) time to the project.

More Nonprofit Plugin Options

On this site’s Recommended WordPress Plugins for Nonprofits page, I wanted to recommend the best one or two plugins so you don’t have to sort through the dozens of other options. If you find the recommendations on this site lacking, however, the slightly broader list of plugins for backups, events, CRM integration, security, and more in the new Idealware report will serve you well.

I highly recommend it.

Download “The Landscape of WordPress for Nonprofits: A Report on the Current Marketplace for Plugins” on

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