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Nonprofit WordPress Manual Launches!

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Today I’m launch­ing a free online Word­Press man­u­al ori­ent­ed toward non­prof­its. You can find it at https://nonprofitwordpress.info.

Right now it focus­es on non­prof­its who already have a Word­Press site and want help under­stand­ing how to man­age it. In the future I’ll add infor­ma­tion about cre­at­ing a new Word­Press site (in addi­tion to what I’ve already pro­vid­ed here). Read more…

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 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.

Read more…

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.

Read more…

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

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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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