As we usually tell our non-profit partners, both Drupal and Joomla have their pluses and minuses. We recommend each of them for particular types of websites and for particular functional and content-related requirements. That said, we thought it might be worthwhile to start a new series on our blog describing some of the parallels between them as well as highlighting in more depth some of the differences.
We've prepared a logo questionnaire for non-profits that need to have a logo designed (or re-designed). If you need some help brainstorming, take a look at the questions we ask and see if they are helpful. As designers, having this information at the start of a project will help not only provide you with a more accurate cost estimate, but will ensure that we are designing according to your specifications and that the end result is better matched to your organizational needs.
When you consider the question of how to optimize your site for various search engines, the obvious answer is: why not ask the search engines? All of the major search engines have some kind of guidance as to what they look at when they analyze pages and what they recommend for a page. Most of the information will parallel with the items we've already mentioned in our SEO series (e.g. create good content, don't try to be sneaky and trick search engines, make your site clean and accessible...), but you may find it useful to read the suggestions written in other ways.
CEDC's Executive Director and Assistant Director made the local news yesterday. Unfortunately it was because of a flooded basement and not something more positive. The video and transcript excerpts come from ABC-7 News.
When you redesign a site, chances are that your structure may change and your URLs may change. If you don't plan ahead, you could throw away a lot of the search engine optimization you may have already achieved. When a search engine comes back to index your site again after a redesign, it will find that many (or all) of the old URLs no longer function and it will drop them and then reindex your new pages as new pages instead of as new versions of existing pages (which already have some ranking).
Network for Good & Firefly Partners have released a free planning resource for non-profit organizations that are working on fundraising campaigns. If you are planning or just beginning a campaign, it might be worthwhile to flip through the PDF and see if it is helpful.
ForeSee Results has released a new report entitled "Trends in Constituent Satisfaction with Nonprofit Websites: Building Membership, Donations, and Loyalty through the Web Channel" and it looks like it has some interesting information. One of the key findings that caught my eye: "Key areas of improvement for nonprofit websites, in general, are sites’ functionality and the expression of the organization’s image online." (Side note: Ask us if you need some help with your non-profit website!)
I hopped on my bike for an extended lunch hour today and I joined a group of folks who were calling for building a green economy and a binding global treaty, new green jobs, carbon caps and the like.
One of the questions we are frequently asked is “How much does it cost for a website?” Our usual answer is “It depends.” (It's kind of like asking “How much is a new car?” It depends on a lot of factors, such as which options you want to include, whether it's a hybrid and so on). Your best bet is to put together a strong RFP (Request for Proposal) that you can send around to give an accurate idea of the scope of the new site and get an accurate estimate of what it will cost to build it.
This is actually a subset of the third part in our non-profit SEO series, building external links, but I thought it deserved its own entry. If you've got patience, it's a good idea to submit your site to the Open Directory Project (DMOZ) and perhaps other directories -- human edited compilations of categorized sites.
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