Non profit Web Development Starting Point

The best place to begin the development of your non profit website is to establish the website’s primary and secondary target audiences. (Unlike a commercial website where there is generally no division in the viewership, a non profit web developer has to consider if the viewer is seeking a service or information, or is the viewer seeking to fund a service which they may never access themselves. These are two distinct audiences and with different priorities.) That being said, are they charitable donors, members, volunteers, professional peers, event goers, the general public — or are they clients —  or another group set altogether?

Next we help determine what the primary purpose of the non profit  website will be. Is it to raise funds or awareness, to inform, to steer people to events — or for another purpose? (We have a detailed design questionnaire to facilitate all that.)

Once your core audience and purpose is identified, we then begin the process of building your nonprofit website. Key components include:

  • Creating an intuitive website organizational structure, with your non profit in mind.
  • Customizing your website design to fit your needs.
  • Branding your logo (should you need that).
  • Building the website (in WordPress!), with special drag-and-drop tools.
  • Make your non profit website fully “responsive” (looking good on smart phones, tablets and other screen sizes).
  • Testing your website to confirm that it is cross-browser friendly with the popular versions.
  • Helping you select and an appropriate web host service provider.
  • Be a trusted adviser to the overall development of your non profit website.

Initial Planning of your Non profit Website

Preparing and developing the content for your non profit website requires proper planning, not just for what should be included now, but for what may be added later. The decisions you make now will lay the foundation for a long-term, consistently effective website presence.

Your Non profit Web Format

The format for an non profit website is not unlike a dynamic brochure, with the content sometimes gleaned from existing publications. Once this initial phase is completed, you’ll be able to build upon it quickly. Do you want to stream your Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter accounts? Have featured articles and events? There are many website options to consider. Our passion is to build the best website for your special audience, thus creating the comprehensive outreach and development tool you envision.