In the third podcast for NPTech Projects, Birgit Pauli-Haack and Jim O’Reilley discuss How to Get Started with Your Organization’s Website.
This episode is not about everything you need to know for all time. Rather we hope it is a straightforward way to understand what is required, how to get it and how to plan for it. You are going to need three basic things: a name for your website, a place to host it, and you will need a web developer.
Making a plan should include how to keep track of a lot of passwords/ usernames and email addresses. You must provide a secure place to keep them. What to consider when selecting a domain name for people to find you. Our recommended way to register your domain name. It is important to register everything in your name; register the domain name with your password, username, and email address. Therefore you own it. What to consider when choosing a hosting site, and its services are hosting provided.
Throughout this process, remember that vendors can be bought and sold, and developers can go out of business, keep everything in your name. Birgit goes on to tell us about how to avoid service interruption should you choose to change vendors.
Jim then describes his experiences with setting up websites using WordPress and recommends to anyone who did not listen to our CMS episode to do so as to why WordPress has been selected. The bottom line is that he was able to do the setup very quickly and begin to concentrate on content. He reminds us that the posting of content is the primary reason to have a website in the first place.
Birgit then goes into some detail about self-hosting on WordPress and what that can mean to you.
Finally, they discuss the WP4Good Club which is a part of NPTech Projects, and what they bring to the nonprofit organization.
NPTechProjects Programs Discussed
- Registering a domain with Google
- WP Beginner: Self-Hosted WordPress.org vs. Free WordPress.com
- WP4Good Club
NPTech Projects META
Next Episode: #4 Search Engine Optimization
Listen to Episode #2: Content Management Systems