Website Construction (CMS-Based)

Help Oakland Rising 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.
Oakland Rising
Oakland, CA, USA
Civil Rights

Posted October 2nd

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

Our current website uses Drupal, but it isn't the easiest for staff to update. Also, we'd love to have our website have a more modern look and feel.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have content and an active site on Drupal, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have a list of websites that we like to be inspired by, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $16,822 , allowing us to invest that savings into our campaign work with builds political power for working-class, immigrant and communities of color in East and West Oakland.

Redesigning our website will allow us to more effectively convey our story which is crucial for engaging volunteers, voters and donors. Also, switching from Drupal to a more user-friendly platform will expand our staff's capacity to easily make updates.

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

Posted by
Beth G.

Strategic Partnerships Director

Our Mission

Oakland Rising educates and mobilizes voters in the flatlands to speak up for and take charge of the issues impacting our lives. We are a multilingual, multiracial collaborative with deep roots in East and West Oakland's neighborhoods, proving that everyday residents working together have the power to change the way our city is run.

Our work focuses on three major goals through which we are developing critical and key pieces of infrastructure necessary to build progressive power in Oakland:

Build a permanent political/electoral infrastructure;
Exercise and expand political influence; and
Align organizations and coordinate with other progressive forces.

What We Do

We develop key infrastructure necessary to build progressive power by:

Flexing People Power: We build and exercise progressive political power through mass-based electoral organizing and integrated strategies, including base-building and policy advocacy.

Aligning Like-Minded Forces: We align and coordinate citywide and regional progressive forces through our collaborative model to build the power and profile of the social justice movement.

Leading With Values: We recruit, train, advance and support progressive leaders who lead in a collaborative, accountable and values-based way that social justice.

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