16 April 2018

Attending, Volunteering and Presenting at a WordCamp

WordPress is the planet’s most popular open-source Content Management System (CMS), and accounts for about 27% of the world’s websites. That is ten times the number of websites built on the 2nd and 3rd most popular CMS’s out there! Of those websites using a CMS, WordPress has approximately 60% of the market share. What this means for your organization or solo endeavor is simple: Since there are millions of dedicated WordPress enthusiasts all over the planet, you will never be at a loss finding someone who can shed light on any number of topics related to running a successful WordPress...
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09 April 2018

Appreciating NTEN Month: Organizing Volunteers Using WordPress

NTEN, the Nonprofit Technology Network, works year-round to help members and their nonprofit organizations fulfill their purposes. It should come as no surprise that many nonprofit organizations are underfunded, understaffed, and lack the technical know-how to reach their fullest potential. A shame seeing as how many charitable groups do so much good for their communities. That’s why NTEN takes it upon themselves to dedicate the entire month of April to those who want to use technology to support nonprofit organizations. Every April, thousands of the brightest nonprofit professionals from around the world come together to discover and share new ways technology...
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02 April 2018

6 tools to help your nonprofit track volunteers

If your nonprofit uses volunteers in any capacity, it’s a good idea to track their time. Why? There are so many reasons, but let’s start with the top 5 before we move onto tools to help you accomplish this. Why your nonprofit should be tracking volunteer hours Budgeting – When determining how much a program or project will cost, it is crucial to measure all of the inputs. If the program or project relies on volunteers, they should count as an input. If your volunteer inputs are not accounted for properly, you don’t know the true cost. More importantly, your...
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26 March 2018

Beginners guide for understanding accessible PDFs

“The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.” Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web   As your organization grows your users become more reliant on your website for information. You may offer information in the appearance of a blog post, a link to an external site, or even downloadable materials like forms and other resources.   It’s common to take the document, whether it be a .doc or .xls or .pdf or maybe even a .jpg and upload it. While your website can provide these...
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19 March 2018

Beginners Guide to WordPress User Roles

Managing WordPress User Roles, and Why They’re Important WordPress user roles are an often overlooked and unappreciated aspect of the WordPress CMS. Numerous companies only have one or two people who ever need to log into their website to publish posts or do updates. Many other organizations and nonprofits using WordPress have multiple users, however, and could benefit from a smart implementation of the various WordPress user roles. Membership sites, sites with multiple writers, sites where the admin duties are split among staff, e-commerce sites and more can all keep their websites more organized, and even more secure, with proper...
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12 March 2018

Spring Clean Your Website: 6 Ways to Clear the Clutter and Start Fresh

With spring right around the corner, you are surely excited to start cleaning out the cabinets, dusting the cobwebs, putting away winter coats, and tending to the garden. Okay, maybe not all of that. While spring definitely comes with its fair share of cleaning tasks, they do not all relate to your home. In fact, spring is the perfect time for you to clean up your website, get rid of the clutter, and move forward with an optimized, fast loading site your site visitors will love to visit time and again. Today we are going to share our 6 best...
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05 March 2018

5 Nonprofits using Amazon Alexa effectively

5 nonprofits using Alexa to build their brand or achieve mission Amazon Alexa and other voice-controlled speakers are revolutionizing our world. But what advantages do they offer to nonprofits? In this article we feature five nonprofits using Amazon in interesting and effective ways that either help the organization meet its mission or build brand awareness:   National Audubon Society has developed a popular Alexa skill that plays bird songs. Users can say, “Alexa, ask Audubon to play a bald eagle,” or, “Alexa, what does an American goldfinch sound like?” By using Alexa this way, Audubon is solidifying its position in American...
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26 February 2018

WordPress Theme Choice: Custom, Premium or Free?

Are you getting ready to migrate your company’s website to the WordPress CMS? Is your organization’s current WordPress website ready for a new look? Or are you a startup operation or blogger looking to make their very first WordPress website? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you’re going to have to decide between going with a free, premium or custom-made WordPress theme. So it’s important to start by knowing the differences, benefits and limitations of each.   For the purposes of this article, we’re going to assume two things: That you or your business is actively...
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21 February 2018

7 Best FREE WordPress Calendar Plugins

There is nothing better than being organized, having the feeling of being productive, and knowing your appointments have filled up, day in and day out.   After all, this means you are successful and good at what you do. Calendar plugins are perfect for scheduling and organizing things like company events, parties, family get togethers, team meetings, and even non-event type things like your site’s blog schedule.   Now, this may not be realistic every day, because well, life has a habit of getting in the way of your plans.   However, there are some really helpful WordPress calendar plugins...
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12 February 2018

Convincing Your Client Site Accessibility Matters

Website accessibility is a big deal. As a small business owner, large corporation, non-profit organization, or even a simple blogger with lots of ideas to share, you have an obligation to ensure that everyone can access your website regardless of any disability they may have. Today we are going to take a look at the 3 following questions: What is website accessibility? Why it is crucial your client agrees to make their site accessible? What can you do to help them achieve just that? What is Website Accessibility? Web accessibility means that people with disabilities, whether short-term or permanent, can...
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