Two Upcoming Website Planning Webinars

The most important step when building a new website is planning it.

To help you prepare to build your next website, join me—Mark Root-Wiley author of Nonprofit WP—at one of two upcoming online presentations!

“Website Basics for Small Nonprofits” Webinar

When: 12pm PDT, Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Cost: Free!
Presented by: Washington Nonprofits

This hour-long webinar covers:

  • Questions to ask yourself before you start building your website
  • Specific priorities to focus on in the first phase of work leading up to the website launch
  • Expert tips and best practices
  • Time for Q&A

This webinar is geared toward smaller organization, especially those hoping to build their websites themselves.

One of the best things about WordPress is that it allows you to take full control of your site’s information. This presentation will help you include must-have content on your website and give you ideas for future improvements to the site after launch.

“Anatomy of a Website Redesign” Online Course

When: 11am PDT, Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Cost: $125 for NTEN members/ $250 for General Public
Presented by: Nonprofit Technology Network

This course covers the entire website redesign process, whether done in-house or by a large agency.

Using the project phases as a framework, the webinar component covers:

  • An overview of each phase
  • Concrete and recommendations for how to manage and progress through each phase
  • Tips to avoid common pitfalls that could derail the project
  • Time for Q&A

Participants of the webinar come from all sizes of organizations and leave with a clear understanding of the redesign process and the preparation required to begin it.

Course participants complete readings ahead of the 90-minute webinar and receive personalized feedback on their brief homework. Due to the work required, this course qualifies for credits toward NTEN’s professional certificate, Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), and Certified Association Executive (CAE).

Upcoming Idealware Webinar: Using Pro Bono Help for Tech Projects

This probably sounds familiar:

[Y]ou have a lot of technology needs, but not enough resources or expertise to address them. Pro bono tech volunteers can help you fill in the gaps and realize the full potential of your technology.

Whether you’re seeking pro bono help now or already have some, Idealware and the Taproot Foundation are putting on a great webinar soon that will help you get the most out of a nonprofit website project, WordPress or otherwise.

Using Pro Bono Help for Tech Projects
Tue, Jan 31, 2017

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Sign up:  “Using Pro Bono Help for Tech Projects” 

Of course, you can already find great advice for working with nonprofit website volunteers right here on Nonprofit WP! As noted in the presentation we blogged from 501 Commons, working with technology volunteers is different than using volunteers to serve food in line at a soup kitchen or welcome visitors at a signin desk.

Attending this webinar should build on the advice on this site and give you more valuable perspectives on getting the most out of free help.

Free projects are not easy! When managed poorly, volunteer and pro bono website projects often cause more problems than they’re worth, so check out this webinar and the relevant pages on this site to make sure you get the most from your next project.

A Tip for Pro Bono WordPress Projects

Whether you attend the webinar or not, here’s one tip: Ask about maintenance!

One of the biggest problems I’ve seen from donated and volunteer-made WordPress sites for nonprofits is that they’re often made quickly and then left blowing in the wind.

While pro bono websites are always delivered with the best intentions, any volunteer or pro bono donor making a WordPress website must tell you about two critical things:

  1. Keeping your site healthy once it launches
  2. What happens if something breaks or you have questions.

Even if that doesn’t involve additional free service, having a long-term outlook is crucial for a successful donated project that’s more help than headache for your organization.

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