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Need some help starting a website for my nonprofit friends!

  1. So I have these friends who have a nonprofit group. They want to use wordpress to put up a website and I volunteered to do the work for them. What would be the best way to do this? We have a domain name that we purchased already, and enough of a budget that we can afford to pay for the upgrade rather than just doing a free blog. And I do know how to set up the free blog. But I am unsure of how to purchase the upgrade and add the domain to it. Or if this is the best site to suit their needs. And those are a basic site with many tabs that separate out the content. Which most of what they want the site for is to post a large amount of written content that they are using for educational purposes with the public. They have few bells and whistles and don't need a lot of room for photos and videos, etc.
    Great advice would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Hi there,

    If you already have the domain name purchased, you can map it (attach it) to a blog using the instructions here:

    You can take a look at all the themes that we offer to see the various ways to display content - there are a few that focus mainly on the written content rather than displaying pictures and videos:

    If you need any more help please do let me know. :)

  3. madsenfamilycellars

    Thankyou CoffeeManMatt!
    I do also need to know that the blog can be turned into a website? My friends have requested tabbed pages and the website format with a home page.
    I appreciate your help and your time on this!

  4. You can easily add pages and can choose to have your front page be either a static page or a posts page. You can do a custom menu with tabs for any content you have, including submenus if needed. Look a bit at the available themes in the the showcase and you will get some ideas about the capabilities. Let your content drive your theme choice. I have a kind of text based brain and like themes like twenty-ten and Coraline for that kind of content.

    Also think about sustainability for the group. They may not always have a volunteer such as you so you want a system that would allow anyone in the group to maintain it. I think wordpress offers that. But I would counsel that you not get carried away with cool customizations that you would have fun playing with but that would make it more complicated for sustainability.

  5. Also remember that the blog belongs to the account that registers it as do all upgrades - you might want to register the blog and the upgrade under an email that will always stay with the group - there have been problems when a volunteer leaves a group and then they have problems getting the blog back - you could set the blog up for them with their email address and then they (you) can invite you in as an Admin - that way if you leave they still have Admin privileges and own the blog

  6. I do also need to know that the blog can be turned into a website?

    See > Using to Create a Website

    A WordPress blog can either be structured as a page based website or its conventional post based structure can be retained. That’s why understanding the differences between posts and pages, comprehending the SEO implications of creating a page based structure, and knowing how to use custom menus
    are key to decision making when selecting a theme, and setting up your blog.

    One one hand, none of the characteristic "blog" features likes categories, tags, authors, dates, etc. can be removed from a free hosted blog without purchasing an annually renewable custom design upgrade and doing the required CSS editing.

    One that other hand, one can hack a theme free of charge. Have you read this comparison? and The Differences

  7. Thank you for all your help, this is working out very well and the nonprofit is pleased at the new site. But I do have another question......they are really big on the idea of a calendar. Not like the calendar offered in the widgets that is a calendar of posts, but instead a calendar that they can put events that they and other nonprofits in the area are hosting, like fund raisers and etc. I am not sure how to solve that problem for them and there may not be an answer through wordpress because they want to incorporate so many calendars across the region, etc. But I do want to cover my bases and reach out to a larger group of wp users to see how others have solved the problem. Suggestions are very welcome from all, you have all been so helpful already!!!!!!
    Thank you!

  8. There is no event calendar that we can embed into a free hosted blogs because they are all dynamic and we cannot use JavaScript for security reasons.

  9. Good to know, Thank You!
    Do you also know if I can imbed a google translator for the site?

  10. And can you tell me if the calendar issue could be solved by upgrading, what upgrade would we need and how difficult would it be for the layman to use said calendar. I really do appreciate your help!

  11. There is no upgrade you can purchase that provides the ability to embed an events calendar of use the Google translation widget or any other JavaScript widget or iframe. There is no upgrade that changes anything stated here: or here

    We can set only one interface language here > Settings > General for our blogs.

    Google translation widgets are Javascript and it's stripped out to preserve security on this mutiuser blogging platform.

    There is no FTP access and we cannot install plugins because this is a multiuser blogging platform ie. our blogs are not free standing and there are security issues that would arise if that access were allowed.

    I have translation on my blogs. There are two workarounds and you will find them here >

  12. You could use the gigya src shortcode which basically is like a way to get around the restrictions that WordPress allows on plug-ins. Like for players and audio and such.

  13. @dunkdad
    I have been here for over 6 years and if a gigya shortcode workaround could be used for either an event calendar or for the translation widget I would have posted that.

  14. Great site! Thank you for the lead! However, I need your help.....I cannot get it to work. I don't know if is that my quotes are still curly or what. I got a text widget and copied and pasted the button right in exactly as you show it. I even went back through and changed the quotes once even though they looked exactly the same when I did it.
    Can you help me troubleshoot this?

  15. Paste the code here between backticks, those little marks usually on the same key as the ~ so we can read it.

    PS the gigya shortcode only works on flash. Calendar code is not flash.

  16. <img src=”” alt=”Website Translation Widget” />

    This is exactly what I pasted in to the text widget in the main body area.
    Thank you for your help!

  17. @timethief

    Umm, on many sources you can get a gigya shortcode for a calendar. It just won't be for the sidebar. It will only show on a post.

  18. No I have let go of the need for the calendar as that will not work here. But the translator button is still something that is vital for this group. So that is what I am working on.

  19. @tfsc0
    The translation widget is very limited. The better choice is to create the translations page.

  20. Thank you again for all your help. Well I thought I totally understood how this worked but apparently not. I created a separate page on my blog, and pasted the code onto it. It appeared as the code does, not as a button. Then I realized I must not be in the HTML editor. So I changed to the text tab at the top right corner of the body of the page. I pasted the code in there and the exact same thing happened as when I used the text widget. The word website came up and when I clicked it I got URL not found. Forgive my ignorance but what am I doing wrong?

  21. You probably have a "curly quaotes" issue. Do not change anything on the code below just copy it and paste it into a text widget.

    <a id="ftwtranslation_button" style=”border:0;" href=""><img src="" alt="Website Translation Widget" /></a>

  22. Alright we are getting close! I did copy the code above exactly and pasted it into the widget. It came up as the button this time but does nothing when I click on it...........

  23. Did I lose you? I have tried doing this in both a text widget and a page. The results were the same both times. A pretty button appears now but there is no actual link. Clicking on the button does nothing. I appreciate all the time you have spent helping me and thank you if you can share just a little bit more of your wisdom on this.
    Thank you,

  24. I don't understand why it does not work for you and don't know how to help you.

  25. Well I figured out why the button does not work but I do not know how to fix it. When I paste it in it is exactly as you typed it. But when I hit save the computer updates and strips out part of the code. Going from this:
    <img src="" alt="Website Translation Widget" />
    to this:
    <img src="" alt="Website Translation Widget" />
    Is there any solution to this?
    Thank you

  26. I don't have a solution so hopefully another Volunteer or Staff will have one.

  27. Thank you for all the time you spent on this. I really appreciate it!!!
    Take Care!

  28. Does part of the code include Flash, Javascript, or iframes? If so, we can't allow it here for security reasons.

  29. That was what I read but it was my understanding that this button was set up so that it would not be a problem for wordpress. I do not wish to use anything inappropriate here but I am setting up a website for a non profit in town and they feel it is vitally important to have some kind of translation option on the site. If the button I have is not a viable choice no problem. But what should I do in its place? What is the best way to get the site translated for those in need?
    Thank you for your time!

  30. There are two different types of WordPress. While it may not be a problem for the self-hosted and self-installed, it's probably not allowed at

    Where exactly are you getting the code from?

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