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Nonprofit Mobile Website Navigation
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Nonprofit Mobile Website Navigation: Tips and Best Practices

This post is the second in our series on Nonprofit Website Navigation.  For the first post, check out Nonprofit Website Navigation: Tips and Best Practices. We discussed in Part 1 the importance of taking the time to thoughtfully craft your website’s navigation. But, what will this same navigation look like on a mobile version of…

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Nonprofit Website Navigation
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Nonprofit Website Navigation: Tips and Best Practices

Navigation is one of the most import building blocks to your nonprofit’s website. It’s one of the first items users see on your site, and it is the system that leads to all of your content. So, it stands to reason that your navigation needs to be as functional as possible. Now for the tricky…

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Open Source Content Management System
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The Benefits of Using an Open-Source Content Management System

I feel compelled to start with a disclaimer: we love open-source software around the Wired Impact office.  It’s a bias I’m going to carry through this entire post. But my love of open-source is (I believe) well informed and rooted in a belief that using open-source solutions typically produces better results for the nonprofits we…

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Write Better Nonprofit Links
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How to Write Better Links on Your Nonprofit’s Website

Do links really warrant a blog post all their own?  When developing content, links are often an afterthought (if to be honest they’re given any real thought at all). Not only is this approach a mistake, but it can significantly hamper your nonprofit’s ability to raise money, drive volunteers and get site visitors excited about…

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Nonprofit Blog Within Website
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Your Nonprofit’s Blog Needs to be Within Your Website

A blog is a big deal these days. Many organizations have jumped on the blogging bandwagon.  And rightfully so.  There are numerous ways a blog can help your nonprofit’s website, including: Driving targeted traffic Demonstrating your expertise Building trust with potential supporters Sharing your nonprofit’s impact Promoting social sharing But the point of this post…

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Better Donation Form Suggestions
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11 Simple Suggestions for a Better Donation Form

There’s a lot of advice out there about the best aesthetics for a donation form, like have a blue donate button instead of a purple one or use Arial font instead of Times New Roman.  However much of this advice is driven by personal preferences.  And although personal preferences do have a role to play,…

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Online Giving Barriers
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7 Common Barriers to Online Giving

Online fundraising is tough and rife with challenges all along the way.  It’s not easy to get people to pay attention to you instead of the huge volume of other causes (and videos and games and news stories and pictures and messages) battling for their attention.  And even if you do grab their attention, it’s…

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Happy Website Visitor
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One Question That Leads to Happier Website Visitors

This post is not a magic bullet nor is it hugely revolutionary.  It’s just not.  But by asking yourself one deceptively-simple question you can help create website visitors that are far happier: Do my visitors know what to expect? I know – you’ve heard similar things before.  But stay with me for a second longer. …

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Better Donate Button
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3 Tips for a Better Donate Button on Your Website

There are many elements of a website that come together to make a compelling final product.  When discussing nonprofit websites, one of the most important aspects is the donate button.  Putting a bit of thought into the way you show visitors how to donate can make a big difference in the effectiveness of your online…

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website navigation best practices
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6 Website Navigation Best Practices

A visitor has landed on your website in search of something.  Navigation is often the guide to what it is your visitor seeks.  Something as simple as word choice can be the difference between a visitor finding what they’re looking for or leaving in frustration. Effective navigation can facilitate a fruitful visit and increase the…

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