by MYLES DANNHAUSEN
After many discussions with people in the nonprofit sector, I’ve learned that developers and consultants tend to focus on exciting features and intuitive user flows (as well they should), but neglect to discuss one key element with their clients: what will happen after the site launches? As a result, nonprofits waste valuable resources trying to work with sites their staff can’t manage to update or maintain.
- “What I’d really like is to be able to update the calendar easily.”
- “We need to be able to put our fundraisers on the homepage.”
- “I just wish I could put pictures from our event on the site.”
Their websites grow stagnant and unusable at a time when even the poorest of the people they serve are searching for online resources. Essentially, for small to medium-sized nonprofits (and even some small businesses), a great website is defined not by groundbreaking bells and whistles, but by the basic features many web companies overlook. In other words, in our efforts to provide an excellent end-user experience, we can’t neglect the site admin’s experience.
By Raymund Flandez
Eighty-four percent of nonprofits, including many of the nation’s largest charities, haven’t made their donation websites easy to read on mobile devices, one of several flaws that can cost them significant contributions, according to experts who studied 150 charities and other organizations.
Is your website mobile-ready?
As most of you probably know, LinkedIn—the networking site for professionals—expanded its scope to include company pages back in 2010. Since then, the site has slowly developed its page content, and nonprofits have caught on, using the site to promote their organizations by gaining individual followers and joining LinkedIn Groups.
In July, however, LinkedIn released new updates that can benefit nonprofit organizations especially. Here are the big improvements..
I’ve found Creative Commons to be a terrific source for freely reusable music, video and image content..
Beth Kanter, author of Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media has provided a very useful list of additional free (or low cost) stock images that you can use for your own projects:
1. Flickr Creative Commons – Flickr is a photo site but it offers creative commons licensing and you can use it combined with keyword searches to find an image. I’ve been using this method for almost ten years!
2. Microsoft Office Clip Art Collection – This collection includes a combination of photos and illustrations and if you ever used the clip art option in PowerPoint, these will look familiar.
3. Morgue File – This collection of photographs were freely contributed by many artists to be used in creative projects. This collection was started in 1996 and you will find many beautiful images here.
4. Photoshare – This collection focuses on images that depict international health as part of the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project and was funded by USAID.
5. Wikipedia Public Domain Images – Wikipedia uses public domain images and has organized a collection with information on how the photos can be used and attributed.
6. Wylio – This is a searchable archive of public domain or creative commons licensed photos that bloggers can use.
7. Stock Exchange – This is a huge image archive of stock photos that are available for free.
See more at: http://www.bethkanter.org/image-sources/#sthash.eOE5LVUb.dpuf