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

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.

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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…

Website Options for Nonprofits — Part 2: Web Editing Software

A Home Button

This is the sec­ond 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.

But whether you’re build­ing a new site or need to update an exist­ing site, you need some way to edit pages. Today we’ll dis­cuss your options for edit­ing or cre­at­ing a tra­di­tion­al web­site: one where some­one (you, a vol­un­teer, or some­one you hire) hand-crafts a web­site using a web edi­tor installed on their com­put­er. Read more…

Website Options for Nonprofits — Part 1: Big Picture

A Home Button

If your orga­ni­za­tion has a web pres­ence of some kind, which it prob­a­bly does, there’s a good chance you’re not com­plete­ly hap­py with some­thing about it. Maybe it’s too expen­sive. Maybe it’s too hard to update.

Maybe it’s just plain ugly.

If your orga­ni­za­tion doesn’t have a web pres­ence, there’s a good chance that makes you uncom­fort­able. It might also make peo­ple who con­sid­er sup­port­ing you uncom­fort­able. Read more…

Cut Through Computer Clutter

Sign reading "Do not put garbage on the floor"

Stop me if I’m wrong: there’s a lot of junk on your com­put­er.

Hey, look at that. Nobody stopped me.

It’s awful­ly easy to accu­mu­late so much stuff on your com­put­er that you can’t find the use­ful stuff mixed in with all the cruft.

And oh, the cruft. It saps our time and sucks our souls. But a few well-cho­sen tools can make a big dif­fer­ence.

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Google Voice for Nonprofits

Google Voice Icon

Google Voice for Non­prof­its” isn’t a new Google offer­ing intend­ed for non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions. It’s a ques­tion.

Is Google Voice right for non­prof­its?

As with any worth­while ques­tion, the answer is “it depends”: on the organization’s size, its cul­ture, its work needs, and plen­ty of oth­er things. This arti­cle takes a look at some issues to weigh in con­sid­er­ing Google Voice for pro­fes­sion­al use. Read more…

Computer Viruses: Repel, Reveal, and Remove

Close-up of a masked dentist leaning in for an exam

Virus pre­ven­tion is a lit­tle like den­tal clean­ings.

Maybe you put it off longer than you should, even though deep down you know that’s a mis­take. Then when some­thing final­ly goes real­ly, painful­ly wrong you smack your­self in the head for not tak­ing care of it soon­er.

I’ll try to make this as pain­less as pos­si­ble.

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