A Nonprofit’s Guide to Building Simple, Low-Cost Websites (from techsoup)

Affordable solutions for planning, creating, and maintaining your organization’s online presence

By: Chris Peters from techsoup, July 13, 2009

Editor’s note: We recommend reading this article in conjunction with Tips for Designing (or Redesigning) a Nonprofit Website to get a more complete picture of options to create a well-designed, affordable, website and the process you should expect when moving through different parts of the process of developing a beautiful new site.

A well-designed, user-friendly website can help you engage new members, raise money, and communicate with decision-makers. But creating this site affordably, and finding the right tools to build and host it, can be a challenge — especially when you are relying on in-house talent with little or no web-development expertise.

Nowadays, however, you don’t need to be a programmer to create a strong, quality web presence — nor do you need a hefty grant to fund one. Below, we’ll offer guidance on how to plan a new website (or redesign an existing one) and how to maintain an online presence using tools that you don’t have to be a web developer to master. We’ll also offer some tips for finding volunteers with web expertise who can help you along the way…

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