Experts Weigh-In on Nonprofit Website Design Best Practices

Connection Cafe

I often get asked questions about how a nonprofit’s website should look and behave and what benchmarking or evaluation tips I might have. And while I’m usually able to offer some general guidance, nonprofit website design best practices have never been my area of expertise.

4 Step by Step Engagement Strategies for Nonprofit Websites

Connection Cafe

” Organizations are always looking to attract more people to their cause and want their website and social media presence to support that goal. So, here I am contributing my own thoughts into the blogosphere on how to “build more engagement” on your nonprofit website.

Is Your Nonprofit Website Ready for 2017?

Connection Cafe

No matter your mission, having a website that inspires action is crucial to the continued advancement of your cause! Does your website provide an experience that converts interest into action? Is your website responsive?

3 Reasons Your Nonprofit Website Needs Responsive Design

Connection Cafe

Did you know that organizations update their website, on average, every 2-4 years? While this seems to be quite frequent, and perhaps more often than some of you may like, if you think about your website in terms of technology, four years is a very long time!

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These 5 Website Mistakes Could be Costing You Donors

Everyaction

Once a visitor reaches your website, they decide whether to stay or leave within the first ten seconds. To test the clarity of your messaging, ask a friend or family member to look at your website for ten seconds. Visitors expect a website to load in two seconds or less.

How Healthy is your Nonprofit Website?

Connection Cafe

I’m here today to remind you that your website deserves a bit of attention too…. A couple of months ago, I posted about some new Design Trends for websites. In the last few years, website design has done a 180 to support the rise of the mobile device.

Best Practice Guide to Purposeful Website Wireframes

Connection Cafe

According to Wikipedia, a wireframe is a “visual guide that represents the skeletal framework of a website” If you’re going through a design project, you’ll likely see wireframes after a user research phase and possibly a sitemap phase.

8 Tools to Help Manage Your Nonprofit Website

Connection Cafe

You’ve got the usual list of suspects at your organization: the online engagement tool, a blog, social media platforms, and a website. Out of all of these tools, your website is getting the most visibility. A website is a bit like a car. This website will tell you just that.

Overcoming Declining Nonprofit Website Traffic

Connection Cafe

Blackbaud’s just-released Online Marketing Benchmark Study for Nonprofits found nonprofit website traffic was down 14 percent in 2012 compared to 2011. Mobile: With the rise of mobile devices, websites not optimized for mobile devices could have seen fewer return visitors.

Nonprofit Website Usability

VisionLink

This week, I attended a wonderful Denver Tech4Good session on how nonprofits can make their websites more usable and easier to navigate. Do a user test of the VisionLink website and see how we are utilizing tips from this post to improve our organization''s site!

PCI Compliance: Is Your Website Keeping Your Constituent Data Safe?

Connection Cafe

released in April of 2016, incorporated some lessons learned from the Target breach in 2013 – one of those key lessons being that referring links to payment forms, or embedded payment forms served by a 3rd party could bring a website into scope of PCI.

Nonprofit Website Navigation Optimization Tips

TechImpact

Your nonprofit’s most powerful asset is its website. As a result, it is imperative that your website boast an intuitive navigation system to get the information your website visitors are searching for efficiently. There are plenty of website that boast one of each.

How to Design Your Nonprofit Website for Better User Experience

Connection Cafe

3 Tips to Design Your Nonprofit Website for Better User Experience : 1. We make decisions based on research about who visits their website and why. Understand Behaviors: Do you know what your visitors are doing on your website right now?

Inspiration for your Nonprofit Website Design

EveryAction

Let me ask you a question: How does your organization''s website look? Happy with it

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Infographic: Redesigning Your Nonprofit Website

TechImpact

Your website is your nonprofit’s most important online asset. If all of this is true (it is) why do so many nonprofits neglect their websites and allow them to fall into disrepair? Tech nonprofit nonprofit technology npTech technology website

Making Your Website Mobile Friendly

NetWits

There’s been a lot of talk about mobile throughout the last few years, but it seems that many of us still struggle when it comes to creating a website that can be read easily by mobile browsers. Internet Mobile #nptech websites

Content Strategies for Nonprofit Websites

VisionLink

Is your nonprofit looking for ways to improve your website and increase traffic? Tech4Good Denver hosted an excellent and extremely informative group panel who shared true and tested content strategies when designing or managing your nonprofit’s website.

Should You Use Pop-Ups on Your Nonprofit Website?

Connection Cafe

“ Why is it that everyone seems to complain about them but continue to be widely used on websites? We regularly track all of our nonprofit website designs –most of which include an entry pop-up–and track the calls to action within the modal windows.

3 New Year's Resolutions for Your Nonprofit Website

EveryAction

why not make some resolutions around your website? And once you get through these quickly, take a look at our 30 Steps to Redesign Your Nonprofit Website The new year is a perfect time to make some changes.

5 Ways Your Nonprofit Website Can Promote Planned Giving

Everyaction

Donors considering their legacy often turn to nonprofit websites for information, and what they find can make a big difference in their decision to pursue a planned gift to your organization. Here are how some top nonprofits, schools, and healthcare providers have optimized their websites to attract and inform donors who are interested in Planned Giving: 1. For both of these categories, featuring this information on your website in an area that is easy to find is important.

The 5 Ways Your Nonprofit’s Website Generates Traffic

TechImpact

Driving web traffic to your nonprofit’s website is likely at the top of your to-do list. You’ve invested in it, consistently update the content, post to your blog, and market events through your website. Putting your website URL on all advertising mediums helps to drive traffic.

Picture Perfect: 8 Free Stock Photography Websites for Nonprofits

EveryAction

Stock photos are a problem. On the one hand, they’re a great way to make your content more interesting and attractive by emphasizing a point, breaking up text, or just by helping you stand out from the crowd

Part 1: How to Generate More Nonprofit Website Traffic

TechImpact

We all strive to build and maintain beautiful websites. In previous blog posts, we’ve discussed how to make a beautiful website, what people are looking for in a website, and how to keep a web visitor’s interest. But what about after you build that fancy new website?

3 Steps To Capture Your Website Visitors In Less Than One Second

Connection Cafe

The pressure is on when it comes to keeping the visitors on your website long enough for them to not only find out about what you do but also, hopefully, become more involved with your mission. Keep in mind that not all of your visitors come to your website with a specific need.

10 Steps to a More Effective Nonprofit Website

NetWits

It’s official; we launched our new full service creative agency for nonprofits this week – GUIDE Creative – Where we LOVE web design and making effective nonprofit website(s)! — Creating an effective nonprofit website isn’t easy.

Your Website Health Check: Part 1

NetWits

When was the last time you stood back and tried to evaluate the performance of your organisations website? To get started, pull all of the key staff members responsible for the website together for few minutes and consider: What are they key goals of your organisation?

Rules for Great Websites

Connection Cafe

A couple of days ago, I joined Mark Rovner and Alia McKee in a Network for Good speed consulting round on the good, the bad and the basics of nonprofit websites. Since I get so many questions about websites, I wanted to share the key takeaways. So what are some good websites?

10 Tips To Drive Your Nonprofit’s Website from Good to Great

Connection Cafe

In today’s world, having a website is essential. For a nonprofit, it’s not only mandatory to have a website but to have a website that connects constituents to your cause. In the same way, every single website pixel should be thought of as shelf space to further your cause.

Six Reasons Why Your Website Can Scare Donors

Connection Cafe

The website of any nonprofit can be a core element in communication, providing a valuable tool to build and engage a community. Knowing how to present your cause and having a reliable website can boost your donations. By: Laura Iancu, 123ContactForm.

Nonprofit Website Effectiveness

Connection Cafe

I’ve seen how these tactics can boost the results of a nonprofit’s website, but there’s plenty more that organizations can do on this front. These top five lessons serve as a good starting point for evaluating the effectiveness of your organization’s website.

5 Nonprofit Website Myths Debunked

TechImpact

Of all your online assets, your nonprofit’s website is far and way the most valuable, and most powerful. Unlike third party sites where you’re simply adding content to their platform, your website is your own, it is pliant, and can be changed at the drop of the hat.

CharityGiving website is suspended

AFP Blog

CharityGiving website is suspended : According to the Dove Trust, Framjee was meeting with a "large charity" this morning in a bid to try to "salvage the situation" and ensure charities do not miss out on funds raised for them. Framjee’s recent assessment indicates that there is a shortfall between the funds due to the charities donated through CharityGiving, and the cash held by the Dove Trust. Online reports suggest that the shortfall may be in the region of 250,000

5 Ways To Instantly Enhance Your Nonprofit Website

TechImpact

In the past, we have discussed the importance of your nonprofit’s website, and generating traffic to it. According to a study conducted by The Millennial Impact , 75% of millennial donors would be ‘turned off’ by an outdated website. Mobile Tech nonprofit nonprofit technology website

10 Must-Have Elements for Nonprofit Websites

Connection Cafe

You know you cannot undermine the power of a well built website. At some point all your donors, partners, volunteers and every person interested in your nonprofit organization will set foot on your website, so you’d better be prepared.

Your Website Health Check: Part 2

NetWits

Here is part two of the website health check. Your website’s forms. How many forms do you have on your website? Your payment processes are contained within the same website – donors don’t have to go off on to a third party payment provider. Welcome back!

Create a More Effective Nonprofit Website Using These 2 Simple Suggestions

NetWits

Effective nonprofit websites don’t exist as boutiques to show off information. You know that your nonprofits website is a tool that should be used. Here are two of the ten key elements every nonprofit website should have.

4 Ways Nonprofits Can Turn Website Click Data into Actionable Steps

Connection Cafe

Another type of click-throughs, website click-throughs, is still under the radar, though. Some nonprofits spend a lot of time on content and information architecture when redesigning their website. Getting the most from your website is an ongoing process.

Top 5 Content Management Systems Drive 62% of Nonprofit Websites [INFOGRAPHIC]

Connection Cafe

Recently, I dug under the web’s couch cushions to understand which content management tools nonprofits are currently using to manage their websites. 52 of the tools found were only used to manage a single website while another 14 only managed 2 separate websites in our study.

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Watch Your Content: Protecting Your Website Against Copyright Infringement

Byte Technology

Millions upon millions of websites exist and operate in today’s digital world, offering an endless forum of information, entertainment and so much more. Imagine someone using a piece of text from your website and profiting from the act of doing so.

8 Ways to Make Your Nonprofit Website Unwelcoming to Potential Donors

Connection Cafe

When someone visits your nonprofit’s website, it takes them just 5 seconds to: Learn your mission. As a sneak preview to the webinar, here are 8 ways to make your website visitors feel un welcome: Rely on words, not images, to describe your organization.

Clearing a Path to a Better Website

Connection Cafe

With summer just around the corner, now is a great time to examine your nonprofit website and ask yourself: “Am I really using my website to its potential?” Or for many: “Do I really need 1,000 pages on my website?” By: Caleb Copper, Blackbaud Interactive Designer.

Rethink Your Website Redesign Process

SocialFish

This is the first in a new series of posts about rethinking how you approach your website. Whether you think it’s time for a website redesign or a new CMS, to set up a blog or Snapchat account, you need to consider why. Bad Problem: No one can find anything on the website.

Nonprofit Website Analytics: Why And What You Should Care About

TechImpact

Every nonprofit’s website is different. Because every nonprofit’s mission, size, audience, and the variety of content it posts varies wildly, the traffic and analytics supporting that website are going to be intrinsically different.