Website Construction (CMS-Based)

Help MAIN 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.
Morristown, NJ, USA

Posted April 25th

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

A partner is needed to develop/deploy new features into our existing website. Some coding skills and systems integration work will be necessary.

1-Determine the appropriate CMS which meets reqs; whether that be additional plugins to enable new features within our current Wordpress infrastructure, or use an entirely different solution.

2-Build the new features in such a fashion that can be tested and vetted. The final product should be maintainable by MAIN staff after work is completed.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have an employee on staff who is responsible for maintaining our Wordpress-based website, and is available to assist where needed.

    Website has been operational for several years and we have stable hosting. We are open to supplementing our current capabilities as needed.

    A UX expert donated time to design the new feature we are attempting to implement, and will collaborate on the project. Front-end design standards are available, including a high-fidelity mobile prototype.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $16,822 , allowing us to improve technical infrastructure, build more robust digital collections, and begin conceptualizing our next great project.

This project will change the face of how library users search for services across our service area of 515,000+ people.
Instead of calling multiple public libraries to find out anything from which library offers color printing and is open on a Sunday in July to when can I register for a passport next in an evening, a user could simply enter the search parameters into our newly designed web tool and discover the answer for themselves almost instantaneously.
We just need somebody to help build it!

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

MAIN’s mission is to lead and encourage collaboration, resource sharing, staff development and innovation by providing high quality, cost effective shared services to member libraries for their communities. MAIN aspires to help member libraries and the communities they serve to readily access a rich spectrum of resources.

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