Need some help starting a website for my nonprofit friends!

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  • #1027063

    purejoypics
    Member

    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.
    Thankyou!

    #1027224

    Hi there,

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

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/map-existing-domain/

    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:

    https://theme.wordpress.com/

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

    #1027255

    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!
    SJ

    #1027256

    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.

    #1027257

    auxclass
    Member

    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

    #1027258

    timethief
    Member

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

    See > Using WordPress.com to Create a Website http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-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, http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/ comprehending the SEO implications of creating a page based structure, and knowing how to use custom menus http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/
    are key to decision making when selecting a theme, and setting up your WordPress.com blog. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/12/better-blogging-at-wordpress-com-pages-and-posts/

    One one hand, none of the characteristic “blog” features likes categories, tags, authors, dates, etc. can be removed from a free hosted WordPress.com blog without purchasing an annually renewable custom design upgrade and doing the required CSS editing.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/#frequently-asked-questions
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/editing-css/

    One that other hand, one can hack a WordPress.org theme free of charge. Have you read this comparison? WordPress.com and WordPress.org: The Differences http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    #1027294

    tfsc0
    Member

    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!
    SJ

    #1027295

    timethief
    Member

    There is no event calendar that we can embed into a free hosted WordPress.com blogs because they are all dynamic and we cannot use JavaScript for security reasons.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/google-calendar/

    #1027296

    tfsc0
    Member

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

    #1027297

    tfsc0
    Member

    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!
    SJ

    #1027298

    timethief
    Member

    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: http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/ or here http://en.support.wordpress.com/code/

    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. http://en.support.wordpress.com/code/

    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 WordPress.com blogs. There are two workarounds and you will find them here > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/02/14/translation-widget-for-wordpress-com-blogs/

    #1027299

    dunkdad
    Member

    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.

    #1027300

    timethief
    Member

    @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.

    #1027301

    tfsc0
    Member

    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?

    #1027302

    raincoaster
    Member

    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.

    #1027303

    tfsc0
    Member

    <img src=”http://free-website-translation.com/img/fwt_button_en.gif” 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!

    #1027304

    dunkdad
    Member

    @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.

    #1027305

    tfsc0
    Member

    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.

    #1027306

    timethief
    Member

    @tfsc0
    The translation widget is very limited. The better choice is to create the translations page. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/translation/

    #1027308

    tfsc0
    Member

    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?

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