Project

Website Construction (CMS-Based)

Community & Economic Development

This project will save us $12,802 , allowing us to invest in maintenance for the house, and host our community farm stand this summer.

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, or Drupal. A CMS-based website can be maintained and updated easily (no coding required!)

Nice To Have

We are committed to web accessibility. We are hoping to have a site that is compliant to the AA-level of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

How This Will Help

We are a new community center in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Since we just started offering programs recently, we need to raise our profile in town and let more people know about the events we're hosting. We're based in a historic house, and we run a variety of community programming at the house: a community garden, free yoga classes, cultural events, historical events, and more. Without a website, it's very difficult for us to let our community know what we're doing!

What We Have In Place

We currently have a logo, branding, & (some) written copy which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have board members with experience in marketing and as website admins and the ability to provide any other information you need.

  • Location: Remote (work anywhere)

Project Steps

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 and 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
Prerequisites for Professional
  • Experience building and managing websites with CMS applications such as Wordpress, Squarespace, Joomla, or Drupal (providing examples of websites you have developed is recommended)
  • Proficient with HTML and CSS
Prerequisites for Organization
  • Clear understanding of the goals for the website and target audience
  • Approved content and images for the new website, and an idea of the look and feel you want for your website (e.g., providing examples of other websites you like is recommended)
  • An active domain name and web host (or budget to sign up with a web host)
  • Ability to sign up for a CMS application, such as Wordpress, Squarespace, Joomla, or Drupal; and budget to pay for the selected application (if applicable - some CMS applications offer free plans)
  • A staff member who can dedicate time to working on this project, and who can be trained on how to maintain and update the website going forward

Our Mission

The Friends of the Crawford House's mission is to celebrate the past, unite the present, educate the future of the Tinton Falls community.