Nonprofit WordPress Episode 7: Moving to Self-Hosted WordPress [Video Tutorial]

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

In Episode 6 of the Nonprofit WordPress video tutorial series we looked at some of the paid features that WordPress.com offers. With those additions, we’ve taken our website’s WordPress.com incarnation as far as we can. In this final episode we’ll explore the wider world, looking at what’s possible if we migrate our nonprofit website from WordPress.com to “self-hosted WordPress”. Read more…

Nonprofit WordPress Episode 6: Premium WordPress.com [Video Tutorial]

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

In Episode 5 of the Nonprofit WordPress video tutorial series we rounded out our site with social media engagement as well as header and footer customization. Now we’ll look at what we can add by paying a few dollars for premium features. Read more…

Nonprofit WordPress Episode 5: Social Media & Comments [Video Tutorial]

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

In Episode 4 of the Nonprofit WordPress video tutorial series we added a news feed to our site. This time we’re going to engage our community with social media and comments, as well as customizing the sidebar and footer. Read more…

Nonprofit WordPress 4: Adding News Stories [Video Tutorial]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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

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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.

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WordPress Backups: The Hard Way and The Easy Way

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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.

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