Website Construction (CMS-Based)

Posted by
Austin T.

Director of Development

Posted Date
Feb 13, 2019
Virtual volunteer opportunity
Website Construction (CMS-Based)
Impact statement
This project will save us $16,822 , allowing us to hire a part-time grant writer and avoid burning out our current communications staff by asking them to work unpaid overtime to complete the site redevelopment.

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!)
Additional Details

We have a staging site up and running with an updated theme. We need to set up a site infrastructure (pages and subpages), add images and appropriate external links, and migrate copy from our current site. We use Wordpress for a CMS, and the new theme is a Wordpress theme. Our domain, and our staging site, is hosted by Go Daddy.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have a staging site with a new theme installed, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have page names, images, and copy to supply you, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help

How we tell the stories of our work is vital for our fundraising efforts, as well as our ability to advertise our services to our constituents. Our current site is old, clunky, and text-heavy, often reading more like a grant proposal than a contemporary website. We need an image-driven, vibrant site that sets a great first impression.

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

The mission of the Village Learning Place is to promote literacy, cultural awareness, and lifelong learning through access for all ages to information, resources, and educational programs.

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