WEBSITE CONSTRUCTION (CMS-BASED)

You need this if: (1) You need help building or reconstructing a content website to communicate your Organization’s work (2) You need to update your site content regularly with ease Note: This project covers a Content Management System (CMS) website that allows you to create and manage your website content easily. Popular CMS platforms include Wordpress, Squarespace, or Drupal)

ESTIMATED TIME 40-60 HOURS / OVER 1-2 MONTHS

DELIVERABLES

  • Development of a new website based on one of the available CMS website templates (such as WordpressSquarespace, or Drupal)
  • Training to ensure Organization's staff members can update content and manage the site post-launch.
  • Note: Only includes websites built on CMS based platforms. This is not a website from scratch.

PROJECT STEPS

  • Prep: Distribution of prep materials
    • Link to existing online presence if applicable (website, blog, social media)
    • Specific content to seed the new website
    • Volunteer Manager registers Organization's domain name with a web host if necessary
  • Milestone 1: Information gathering
    • Volunteer Manager and Professional connect to discuss goals, target audience, and align expectations
  • Milestone 2: Implementation
    • Professional uses the materials provided and agreed upon timeline to begin construction
    • Professional garners feedback from Volunteer Manager and implements appropriate changes prior to site launch
  • Milestone 3: Site launch
    • Professional launches the site on Organization's domain name
    • Professional troubleshoots any issues that may arise immediately after launch
    • Professional instructs the Volunteer Manager on how to update content going forward

PREREQUISITES

PROFESSIONAL

  • Web development experience
  • Proficient with HTML and CSS
  • Experience with CMS, such as: Wordpress, Squarespace, Tumblr and Drupal

NONPROFIT

  • Clear understanding of the goals for the website and target audience
  • Specific content (copy and visual) to seed the new website
  • For customized websites which don't utilize an existing template,
    • detailed design mock-ups ready or completion of a Website Visual Design project
  • An active domain name and web host (or budget to sign up with a web host)
  • If using an existing web host, access to your web service or admin portal and ability to share access with Professional (for example, if you use a Content Management System such as WordpressSquarespace, or Drupal; please provide access for Professional to the admin portal)
  • A dedicated staff member available for training and the resources to update the blog regularly
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