Experts Weigh-In on Nonprofit Website Design Best Practices

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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

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” 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.

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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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?

Best Practice Guide to Purposeful Website Wireframes

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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.

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?

Nonprofit Website Usability


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!

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.

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.

Part 1: How to Generate More Nonprofit Website Traffic


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?

Overcoming Declining Nonprofit Website Traffic

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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.

5 Nonprofit Website Myths Debunked


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.

The 5 Ways Your Nonprofit’s Website Generates Traffic


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.

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

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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.

Making Your Website Mobile Friendly


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

Why Nonprofit Websites Are Dictated By Social Media


The post Why Nonprofit Websites Are Dictated By Social Media appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology. Fundraising Social Tech nonprofit technology nonprofits npTech social media technology website Social media has changed a lot about the nonprofit sector. From the way we communicate with constituents, recruit volunteers, and thank donors, to dictating our marketing budgets in some cases, social media matters now more than ever.

Nonprofit Website Navigation Optimization Tips


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. Answers to these questions and so many more are imperative to ensuring your nonprofit’s website has an effective navigation system. Primary and secondary varies between nonprofits, their websites, and what they need.

5 Ways Your Nonprofit Website Can Promote Planned Giving


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.

5 Ways To Instantly Enhance Your Nonprofit Website


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

Nonprofit Website Analytics: Why And What You Should Care About


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.

Design Your Website To Tell Captivating Stories


According to a recent post from Nonprofit Hub, nonprofits can use their website to tell stories about the organization’s mission and efforts, but only if it is designed correctly. Smart web design allows site viewers … Continued The post Design Your Website To Tell Captivating Stories appeared first on Tech Impact. Blog Leadership Tech nonprofit online storytelling web design websites Everyone loves a good story.

Content Strategies for Nonprofit Websites


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.

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

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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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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?

30 Steps to Guide Your Nonprofit Website Redesign


At EveryAction, we know redesigning nonprofit websites can be an overwhelming process. We believe a successful nonprofit requires a strong digital presence an d that a strong website is the foundation of any successful digital campaign. nonprofit website redesign nonprofit websites

Your Website Health Check: Part 1


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?

Rethink Your Website Redesign Process


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.

Your Website Health Check: Part 2


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!

Under Attack: What Motivates Website Hackers

Byte Technology

That’s the estimated number of websites that get hacked every single day on our planet. Perhaps one day we’ll live in a world where website hacks are a thing of the past, but for now they are all-too-real. One is with Drive-by-Downloads, which inject your website with malware in order to infect the computers of as many of your visitors as possible. They work by directing visitors to your website to pages that ultimately generate “affiliate” revenue. 30,000.

Feel the Heat: Great Tools for Mapping Website Interactions

Byte Technology

Have you ever wondered if there was a way to gauge and chart your user’s behaviors while they’re on your WordPress website? The post Feel the Heat: Great Tools for Mapping Website Interactions appeared first on Byte Technology’s Web Design Insights Blog.

10 Steps to a More Effective Nonprofit Website


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.

The 10 Best Membership Website Builders

Wild Apricot Blog

If you’re planning on building a membership website, here are the top ten membership website builders and their features. website builder membership website

Inspiration for your Nonprofit Website Design


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

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Why Your Nonprofit’s Website Should Be Your Top Priority, But Isn’t


Everyone knows your nonprofit needs a website, sure, but when was the last time your nonprofit updated its website? Is your website responsive, or ‘mobile friendly’? The truth is, the nonprofit website is the most important attribute of any nonprofit’s […]. The post Why Your Nonprofit’s Website Should Be Your Top Priority, But Isn’t appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology.

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.

CharityGiving website is suspended

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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 Things Donors Want To See On Your Website Before Donating


Believe it or not, young donors are not the only ones that want to access nonprofit websites on their phone. With these numbers growing every year, it is important that your foundation enables its website to fit on any device, from a desktop, tablet, to a smartphone.

Why Your Nonprofit’s Website Needs To Be Responsive


You mean my website needs to be able to talk to web visitors all by itself? What it does mean, however, is that your website needs to be able to talk to devices. A responsive website is one that, depending on the type of device a web visitor is accessing your […]. The post Why Your Nonprofit’s Website Needs To Be Responsive appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology. Responsive?!

Create a More Effective Nonprofit Website Using These 2 Simple Suggestions


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.

Understanding the Importance of XML Sitemaps for Website SEO

Byte Technology

It’s great to have a stellar and attractive website, one that was professionally designed to utilize the most current design trends with state-of-the-art plugins and all the accompanying bells and whistles.