Website design for non-profits is my specialty. I have learned and use the methods other charities found effective in informing their visitors and raising funds.
I recommend a simple approach to your website:
• Welcome your site visitors
• Inform visitors of your services
(Mission, Programs, Accomplishments and
• Tell your story using simple words (8th-grade level)
• Invite visitors to become donors, volunteers,
• Motivate site visitors by explaining the need and
how donations are used
• Illustrate your story with many pictures
• Vision Impaired Access just follow simple rules
— Caption pictures
— Use self-describing buttons (Button text is specific “List of —” is better than:”More”)
— High Contrast
— Use large and simple fonts
—Add alternative text to describe images
Alternative text is read by vision assist software to interpret the image for a
visually impaired visitor.
— Avoid color alone to distinguish items to assist colorblind visitors.
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Web Design Skills
I retired in 2005, after a career with IBM as a computer programmer and system designer (27 years) and an independent consultant and speaker on OS/400 Security (15 years.
In 2016, the passing of a high school classmate caused me to start a charity to give a college scholarship to a graduate of my high school. I created my first web page www.MVHS-Adams.com to encourage giving by others classmates. I enjoyed web page design, so I joined TAPROOT+ and have completed over 20 website design projects (pro-bona). My IBM experience in user interface design is valuable when I design websites. I would like to assist you in new website design and the update of existing websites.
As I reviewed non-profit websites, there were similar problems that made the website less effective. A presentation ‘Common Website Mistakes by Non-profits’ documents the common mistakes You can download this document from the DOCUMENTS tab on this website.
This website is accessible for the vision impaired.
See ‘How to Make a Website Accessible for the Vision Impaired” on the DOCUMENTS tab.
While creating over 20 websites, I learned to use the web page editors WordPress, Kix, SiteBuilder, and Squarespace.
- The WordPress editor is the most popular with 28% of all websites. I learned (school of hard knocks) the vast number of options available in WordPress. WordPress allows simultaneous updates to DIFFERENT pages on the same website. This makes WordPress ideal for a website with multiple programmers making updates.
- The KIX and SiteBuilder editors are easier to use but have fewer software options. All web pages are replaced at the same time so this editor is best used by a single web programmer. If multiple programmers make updates care must be taken to avoid simultaneous updates.
- Squarespace has a good editor but my experience the fees charged are higher.
The Squarespace is only hosted by one company and no competition allows higher fees.
For the cost-conscious, I do not recommend Squarespace.
- HTML and CPANEL should be used only by experts as these editors require very exact coding (not a what you see is what you get editor). I know enough HTML to make minor changes but I do not want to become an expert.
The MY WORK tab in services on this website has examples of my websites including links to the websites.