As I mentioned in my tips for establishing a web presence on a penny, an affordable way to create a website for your nonprofit is to use a WordPress.com blog (like the one you see here). Many believe that blogging is extremely beneficial for nonprofits. Because of the hosting options that are available with WordPress, WordPress is the preferred blogging portal for most web professionals (though, the free Blogger blogs can be just as sufficient, depending on your needs).
So, if you’re a smaller nonprofit looking to build a new website, consider using WordPress.com. It’s free.
Here are my tips for taking full advantage of this free hosting opportunity:
- Upgrade to purchase your own domain. For example, instead of http://www.justbcause.wordpress.com, you get http://www.justbcause.com.
- Upgrade to edit the CSS. While you can’t implement full custom designs using the free WordPress.com blogs, you can still personalize the look and feel with this upgrade.
- Work with someone who can edit the design/styling for you. Post a challenge on Sparked.com or find someone with a passion for helping nonprofits. (I’ll do it for FREE!)
If you want more ability to edit the layout of your site, I would suggest using Blogger (where the ability to edit the HTML and CSS is free) or upgrading to WordPress.org (this would require the nonprofit to find a server and purchase a package, but if offers endless possibilities).
Check out these nonprofits taking advantage of “blogsites” and free blog platforms:
Remember: if you are looking to launch a new nonprofit or are looking to expand your nonprofit’s web presence, consider setting up a blogsite. With the increasing number of blogging platforms now offering the capability to add “pages,” you can easily transform what would be a blog into a website for your nonprofit.
Want More Information?
- What is a WordPress Theme and How Do You Choose One?
- How to Set Up WordPress(.org) for Your Nonprofit
- Why Use Blogger?
- How to Create a Blog for Your Organization
- Choosing a Blog Platform