You have been tasked to spearhead the project of redesigning your organization’s website. Where do you start and what do you do first?
This was the topic of a discussion on NTEN’s Community of Practice “Managing Projects” last week, started by Rebecca Reyes
CoP Members chimed in with excellent Web design planning resources:
You will find the Worksheet: Questions to Ask at Kick-Off Meetings
Rachel Clemens of Creative Suitcase recommends the Book: The Strategic Web Designer: How to Confidently Navigate the Web Design Process
In The Strategic Web Designer, Christopher Butler will teach you how to think about the web, and in doing so, prepare you to lead web projects from the critical inception phase through to the ongoing nurturing process every website needs. That’s what web strategy is all about: having a comprehensively informed point of view on the web that enables you to guide a web project intentionally, rather than reactively. (Amazon)
Mark Root-Wiley, author and publisher of NonprofitWP a great resource for nonprofits working with a WordPress site, suggested his “Before you Get Started” task list. Many nonprofit organization start too early with the implementation of the redesign.
- Identify Your Nonprofit’s Goals
- Know Your Audience
- Get Your Organization Ready
- Consider Staff Capacity
- Appoint an Internal Project Manager
- Manage Staff Feedback
- Important Caveat: You Are Not Your User!
Get more details: NonprofitWP: Planning a nonprofit Website.
More Resources on Planning Website Projects
- Time to Redesign: Effective Website Planning by David Onate via NTEN
- Horse Before Cart: Don’t start with the solution by Mark Root-Wiley via NTEN
- Tips for Designing (or Redesigning) a Nonprofit Website What are the steps and skills needed to plan a major site redesign? Chris Peters on Techsoup
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