Website Construction (CMS-Based)

Help San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory communicate their work with a content management system (CMS)-based website, so that they can easily manage and update site content on a regular basis.
San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
Milpitas, CA, USA
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Milpitas, CA, USA


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Posted June 22nd

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Website Construction (CMS-Based)

Project Details

What We Need
  • Development of a new website using a Content Management System (CMS)
  • Training to ensure Organization's staff members can update content and manage the site post-launch
  • Note: This project is for a website built with a Content Management System (CMS), such as Wordpress, Squarespace, Joomla, Drupal, or Weebly . A CMS-based website can be maintained and updated easily (no coding required!)
What We Have In Place
  • We currently have an old website, new text and photos, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have a weebly site started in case you like that platform (but we are open to others), and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $16,822 , allowing us to count more than 1 million birds every year.

Our mission is to conserve birds and their habitats through science and outreach. We’re small, but have a large reach and have conducted avian research throughout the Bay Area for 35 years. Our data is used by universities to answer questions like “how does climate change impact birds,” and by land managers and advocacy groups to make informed decisions. We engage hundreds of citizen scientists and outreach volunteers and rely on partnerships and donations from the community. By helping us design our new website, you will allow us to keep our community of supporters engaged and excited about our work.

Project Plan

Prep: Share Information
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with an outline of the Organization’s needs and goals for the new website, which should include any specific features that are required (e.g., contact forms, mobile responsive design, member sign in, etc.)
  • Volunteer Manager provides approved content and images to be used for the new website (e.g., About Us copy, Mission Statement, staff bios and images, etc.)
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with links to any existing online presence that the Organization has (e.g., social media, blog, existing website, etc.)
  • Volunteer Manager registers Organization's domain name with a web host, if necessary
Milestone 1: Kick-off Discussion
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional connect to discuss the timeline and scope of the website project, including: the number of pages or sections for the new website, specific features and plugins requires, look and feel for the website (themes), target date for initial review, target date for website launch
  • Professional reviews information provided and makes recommendations for which CMS application to use
  • Volunteer Manager signs up for the selected CMS application, and provides Professional with credentials to create the website
Milestone 2: Build & Review
  • Professional uses the materials provided and agreed upon timeline to build the website
  • Volunteer Manager reviews the in-progress website and provides feedback
  • Professional completes any required functional QA
Milestone 3: Website Launch
  • Professional provides final website for approval to launch
  • Volunteer Manager approves the website for launch, or requests approval from any stakeholders
  • Professional launches the site on Organization's domain name
  • Professional troubleshoots any issues that may arise immediately after launch
  • Professional instructs the Volunteer Manager on how to update content and maintain the website going forward
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About The Org

San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
Posted by
Kristin B.

Outreach and Communications Director

Our Mission

To conserve birds and their habitats through science and outreach education

What We Do

Birds are excellent indicators of ecosystem health; they are highly visible and cost-effective to track, and are sensitive to environmental change. The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory pays close attention to impacts on birds and their habitats and gathers crucial data specific to local bird populations. We share our data with land managers and others and actively provide opportunities for people to be directly involved in the nature and science of the San Francisco Bay Area.


(No testimonial has been submitted by Kristin)
Kristin was great to work with and it was a pleasure to have a positive influence on to the construction of their new website. We worked together well and made good progress. I would certainly recommend working with Kristin and the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory team.
Julian Garcia
Julian G.

Front End Web Developer

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