Website Construction (CMS-Based)

for  YWCA St. Paul
Saint Paul, MN, USA
Posted by
Kara R.

Graphic Designer/Webmaster

Posted Date
Mar 19, 2019
Virtual volunteer opportunity
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3 applications submitted

Website Construction (CMS-Based)
Impact statement
This project will save us $16,822 , allowing us to pay for things like 16 weeks of job placement counseling services, 140 GED testing fees or 24 year-long family gym scholarships. It would also save upwards of 200 working hours per year.

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, or Drupal. A CMS-based website can be maintained and updated easily (no coding required!)
What We Have In Place
  • Our current website is built on WordPress and our staff already know how to manage and update this software. We currently have a mockup of the look and feel that we want for our new website and the ability to provide other information as needed.
How This Will Help

We are increasingly dependent on individual donations to continue operating and offering vital services to our community. Our current website is difficult to customize and update, as well as outdated re: mobile and general readability, limiting our ability to communicate with stakeholders. Our financial and staff time resources are incredibly limited and spread across web management as well as graphic design for all four of our core program areas and administrative needs.

Project may require a short interview with the organization.

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 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
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About The Org

Our Mission

YWCA St. Paul is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

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