1 Day Website Resources

Get Your Nonprofit on the Web in 1 Day

Thanks for attending our course. We hope you enjoyed the material and are working to make an active change in your own organization’s website.

Below, you’ll find the documents and files mentioned during the course.

If you have any questions about implementation, please send us an email to [email protected]

 

Files from the Course

Get Your Nonprofit On the Web in 1 Day – Presentation

OrgSpring Nonprofit Website Workbook

OrgSpring’s WordPress Manual

These documents make up the bulk of the material for the course. Inside are links to the editorial calendar from Lightbox collaborative and the content creation templates from hubspot. You’ll find both of those under the Content Section. I recommend you download those, unzip them, and checkout the files. They are extremely helpful. If you install a wordpress demo site using the link below, you’ll also have access to nearly 50 video tutorials as well.

 

WordPress

WordPress Demo Site (Link)

If you’re like to play with a real working installation of WordPress you can visit this website and register for your own site. This is just a demo site – do not use this as your real site. Sites here are cleared out on a monthly basis. This demo is just for you to play with wordpress, get a feel for what it can do, and give you an idea as to whether WordPress will work for your organization.

If your organization has a budget of $50,000 or less you qualify for a free website, hosting, and support from OrgSpring on our nonprofit private server. Contact us to make that application.

 

WordPress Files (Link)

If you’d like to host your own files on your own domain and hosting account you can get those WordPress files using the link above.

Themes

There are only three places I recommend you purchase themes for WordPress:

StudioPress (Link)

StudioPress is one of the longest running and most reputable theme workshops for WordPress. Many developers here are original contributors to WordPress itself. OrgSpring has a developer license with StudioPress and we make these themes available to all our nonprofit partners. We suggest you view the site themes – see what you like, and then contact us before you buy. If we work on your site we can likely install your theme at no cost.

Themeforest (Link)

We purchase many themes from Themeforest, which is also a very reputable company. We suggest you select the WordPress tab, then filter themes on number of sales. These are usually the themes that are the most reliable and well known. We know the developers of most of these popular themes and have used them to customize many nonprofit themes. If you ever have a question as to which theme to use, please send us a note and we can help you decide.

WooThemes (Link)

You can buy themes independently or in bulk here. This is a very good theme shop focused on themes that make ecommerce a snap.

 

 

Plugins

The following list are the plugins mentioned in the course. For the premium plugins, please send an email to [email protected] with your name, organization, and date you attended the class. Once we confirm your attendance in the class we’ll respond with the premium plugins via email.

Free Plugins – to see a list of the plugins we recommend, visit this article: 8 Must Have WordPress Plugins for Nonprofit Websites.

 

Premium Plugins

Gravity Forms – This is a premium form plugin that we use with all our nonprofit partners.

BackupBuddy – this is the best backup plugin on the market to make sure your site is always backed up and you never lose data.

Slider Revolution – This is the best featured slider for WordPress. We recommend it to everyone and use it always.

 

Domains and Hosting

GoDaddy (Link)

GoDaddy is a retail leader in domain registrations and hosting for small organizations. We have used them for many nonprofit partners and for our own accounts. Beginning plans are shared servers and are good for small sites with small traffic. Plans usually start in the $6-10 per month range.

 

BlueHost (Link)

BlueHost is similar to GoDaddy in the server types it offers and pricing. This is good for smaller orgs with new websites. Plans start in the $6-10 per month range. A 1 year commitment is required with Bluehost.

 

Knownhost (Link)

Knownhost is a serious host for serious organizations with growing traffic demands. They offer virtual private and dedicated servers. This is good for growing and mid-size orgs who plan to host alot of pictures, documents, and other media. Prices are more expensive than the entry level hosts, but the servers are more reliable, faster, and private. Plans start in the $25 per month range.

 

OrgSpring.com  (412-475-9175)

Our servers are virtual private servers that run on the KnownHost platform. They are more sophisticated than what GoDaddy or Bluehost offers, but at similar prices. We buy in bulk from Knownhost, receive a discount, and pass that off the our nonprofit partners. That allows you to get virtual private servers at retail shared server rates. This is one of OrgSprings major programs and I encourage to you look into this for your nonprofit. If you’d like to inquire about hosting your website with us, please contact us for a detailed quote. All our hosting plans come with full support via phone and an email ticketing system. Plans start at $5 per month.

 

Stock Photosgraphy and Media

We use two places to source media:

DepositPhotos.com (Link)

This is the best and least expensive place we’ve found to source quality Royalty free photos that do not require attribution. Can be used across all media and can purchase files for $1 per image or less.

 

Flickr Creative Commons (Link)

Flickr is Yahoo’s popular artist community and they host millions of photos that you can use with an attribution link on your site. There are some limitations but you can find some great photography here. Make sure to read license restrictions before you use these free photos.