Nonprofit WordPress 4: Adding News Stories [Video Tutorial]

No mat­ter who you are, you can make a web­site for your nonprofit.

In Episode 3 of the Non­profit Word­Press video tuto­r­ial series we expanded our site by adding a Results page, includ­ing a fea­tured photo and an infor­ma­tional PDF. Now it’s time to add news to our site so we can tell vis­i­tors what our non­profit has been doing, inform them of events, and pass along other timely infor­ma­tion. Read more…

Nonprofit WordPress 3: Adding Pictures & Documents [Video Tutorial]

No mat­ter who you are, you can make a web­site for your nonprofit.

In Episode 2 of the Non­profit Word­Press video tuto­r­ial series we cre­ated a basic but work­ing web­site in less than 4 min­utes. In Episode 3 we’ll add another impor­tant feature—a Results page—and also learn how to add pic­tures and doc­u­ments to our site. Read more…

Nonprofit WordPress 2: The 4-Minute Website [Video Tutorial]

WordPress logo

No mat­ter who you are, you can make a web­site for your nonprofit.

In Episode 1 of the Non­profit Word­Press video tuto­r­ial series we looked at what Word­Press is and how it can help you build a web­site. In Episode 2 we’ll actu­ally build a sim­ple non­profit website—in less than four min­utes. Read more…

Nonprofit WordPress 1: What is WordPress? [Video Tutorial]

WordPress logo

No mat­ter who you are, you can make a web­site for your nonprofit.

The great thing about Word­Press is that it lets any­one, even a non-geek, quickly cre­ate a good, basic web­site. After that, if you’re will­ing to invest more time you can tweak and extend your site in some won­der­ful ways.

The Blaz­ing Moon Non­profit Word­Press video tuto­r­ial series will show you how this works step by step, from cre­at­ing to cus­tomiz­ing. This is the intro­duc­tory episode. Read more…

Preventing WordPress Plugin Folly

An overloaded power outlet

There’s no doubt that plu­g­ins are one of the rea­sons for WordPress’s suc­cess. They can do some won­der­ful things.

Even so, they’ve been the down­fall of many a site. This post dis­cusses the trade­offs of plu­g­ins and how to pro­tect your site from the Creep­ing Men­ace of Plu­gin Bloat. Read more…

Choose the Right WordPress for Your Website

Which Wordpress?

Many small to medium-sized non­prof­its need an easy, inex­pen­sive option for their web­sites. A com­mon bit of advice is often dis­pensed in those sit­u­a­tions: try WordPress.

Depend­ing on the organization’s needs, that advice might be spot-on. Unfor­tu­nately those giv­ing the advice some­times don’t delve into an impor­tant ques­tion: which WordPress?

Because there’s not just one kind of WordPress.

In fact, there are four.

Read more…

WordPress Backups: The Hard Way and The Easy Way

Bank Valut

Den­tal check­ups. Clean­ing the gut­ters. Com­puter backups.

Some things are all too easy to put off even though we know we should do them.

I can’t help you with your teeth, and I won’t help with your gut­ters, but I have advice about back­ups. Specif­i­cally, Word­Press backups.

Every day more orga­ni­za­tions trust Word­Press as their web­site plat­form. I do too, and I often rec­om­mend it to clients. That’s great. The prob­lem is that some orga­ni­za­tions take trust a lit­tle too far by assum­ing noth­ing will ever go badly wrong.

Read more…

Caution: Do Your Really Own Your Domain Name?

Woman Behind a Mask

You own a domain name. Great.

Did you or some­one at your orga­ni­za­tion reg­is­ter the domain name directly with domain name reg­is­trar? Or did a con­sul­tant do it for you? Maybe a web host­ing com­pany or mar­ket­ing firm set it up?

A domain name is like a mask. It’s your pub­lic face on the Inter­net, and someon—the owner—is behind it. You prob­a­bly think that’s you. But are you sure?

It’s worth a few min­utes to con­firm whether you really own that name. Read more…

Choose the Right Technology: Goals, Tools, and Match

Hand choosing a colored pencil.

I try not to use over­wrought, hyper­bolic drama-words too often in my writing.

Okay, so maybe I don’t try very hard.

But there’s no other way to say this: the time peo­ple and orga­ni­za­tions have wasted by using the wrong tech­nol­ogy is utterly tragic.

It can hap­pen so eas­ily, espe­cially for non­prof­its who often need to rely on well-meaning vol­un­teers for tech­ni­cal help. But it’s not hard to pre­vent. Read more…

Website Options for Nonprofits — Part 3: Use Your Browser to Build a Website

A Home Button

This is the last in a three-part series dis­cussing web­site options for nonprofits.

Part 1 gave back­ground infor­ma­tion about what a web­site really is and dis­cussed options for where yours can live.

Part 2 dis­cussed the tra­di­tional approach: installing a web page edi­tor on your com­puter and using it to build a website.

But the last 5 years have intro­duced a bevvy of tools that promise to let you build a web­site using noth­ing but the most basic and ubiq­ui­tous tool of the Web Age: the hum­ble web browser. In this third post we’ll take a look at those tools. Read more…

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