Idealware Article: A Few Good Tools to Manage Content on Simple Sites

Lori Halley 11 July 2007 0 comments

This is an excellent article that Laura Quinn from Idealware has written about content management software. She outlines and summarizes all the different tools, CMSs, hosted integrated tools, and other Web solutions available to help nonprofits choose effective software.

What are these tools and what options will work for you? Read the article A Few Good Tools to Manage Content on Simple Sites to get the details, but in summary, finding the right solution is all about finding the tool you're most comfortable with:

"When choosing a content management method, start with the technical expertise that’s available to get you up and running. If there’s no one technically adventurous to help you out, then you’ll be limited to Web-site-in-a-box or hosted integrated tools. If you have someone adventurous and technically oriented but without specific expertise, Joomla may be a good solution.

If, on the other hand, you can find or hire a professional to build the site for you, you have more options. Building a site to be updated through Contribute is an inexpensive option that allows even technophobes to make updates, though it’s not a platform that will easily grow with you through the years. Joomla, WordPress, or another standard CMS your developer recommends might also be a great choice for a scalable Web site that can grow with you.

At the end of the day, what's important is to choose a tool that you’ll actually use. Regardless of what people may say is the “best” tool, if you’re not comfortable with it, then it won’t help you create that up-to-date Web site that will show the world the importance of your cause, the credibility of your organization, and all the great things that you’re doing."

The article also mentions Wild Apricot as one of the options of hosted integrated tools, "Similar to the Web-site-in-a-box tools, WildApricot has a pick-a-design-template approach to building a new, simple Web site. Yet WildApricot is specifically nonprofit-oriented and offers support for tracking members and other constituents, online donations, email newsletters, and event registration."

On that note, I'd like to add that Wild Apricot does includes a decent website CMS - our focus being on ease of use rather than on tons of advanced functionality - so Wild Apricot is a good fit if you can not devote any significant tech resources to your website on the ongoing basis.

Thanks Laura for the informative article and advice.

Which CMS's have you had experience with and can recommend for/against? 

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Published Wednesday, 11 July 2007 at 9:00 AM

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