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  • Better Non-Profit Websites to Increase Online Donations: Usability Report

    Lori Halley 30 March 2009 2 comments
    In 2008, non-profits and charities collected about 10% of their donations online, according to a survey by Target Analytics, but usability expert Jakob Nielsen says the amount of money collected online could be much higher — with improved website design...
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  • Free Online Course Materials from MIT

    Lori Halley 29 March 2009 6 comments
    Did you know that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers free online access to course materials? MIT's OpenCourseWare site is a remarkable resource for self-education — or for developing your own training programs for staff and volunteers, especially in the areas of management and communications.
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  • Google Labs Introduces Gmail Offline

    Lori Halley 24 February 2009 7 comments
    Many organizations use Gmail to manage their email, because its generous storage space, ability to use your own domain , and system of tags and filters make it easy to organize email communications. One drawback of Gmail, however — as with any web-based...
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  • Top 6 Popular Site Search Widgets

    Lori Halley 10 February 2009 10 comments
    As your website grows in size over time, you may want to think about adding a site-specific search box or widget, to help your readers to find the information they’re seeking among your web pages. According to stats released by Lijit last November,...
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  • Should You Delete Old Blog Posts or Website Content?

    Lori Halley 12 January 2009 3 comments
    The more information you've published online, the better the chances that your organization's blog or website will be found by potential readers, right? That's true, yes, as far as it goes — quantity counts when each indexed page might be the answer to some web-surfer's search query. But the quality of information that readers find on your blog or website is what will help or hinder your organization's cause in the long run. Is all of your web content up-to-date and useful?
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  • Should You Buy Your Software or Rent It?

    Lori Halley 20 November 2008 4 comments
    Choosing software for your organization is a lot like choosing where to set up your office. Basically, there are two choices: you can buy your own office building, or you can rent space in someone else's building. And it's the same with your organization's software. But which is the better choice for you - self-installed software or a hosted package?
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  • Wild Apricot Updates October 2008

    Dmitriy Buterin 30 October 2008 0 comments
    Wild Apricot non-profit technology blog is sponsored by Bonasource, creators of Wild Apricot software. Our blog provides ideas and advice to small non-profits — charitable organizations, professional and business associations, social and recreational...
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  • Does Open-Source Software Fall Down on Usability?

    Lori Halley 15 August 2008 4 comments
    This is the second part in our series taking a closer look at free and open-source software : the real costs, the barriers, and the trade-offs; the best FOSS alternatives to “brand name” software; and the resources to help you make the most of it....
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  • How to Check Your Website on Different Browsers

    Lori Halley 02 July 2008 7 comments
    Cross-browser compatibility has long been a frustration for website designers. What looks fine in one browser may be more or less “broken” in another, with sidebars shifted and elements overlapping... But does it really matter, how your website looks in different browsers, in the big picture of what your organization is trying to accomplish online?
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  • Wild Apricot Updates - June 2008

    Dmitriy Buterin 26 June 2008 3 comments
    On June 26th, we released our regular update — Wild Apricot version 2.34. The biggest enhancement is what we refer to as the Integrated credit card payment option — yes, we have been working on that one for a while! PayPal is still the payment processor,...
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  • Read the Words: Free Text-to-Speech Tool

    Lori Halley 23 May 2008 7 comments
    Sometimes it just isn’t possible for your website's visitors to read what you have to say. Perhaps a visitor has limited vision, or other physical challenges that make onscreen reading difficult. Perhaps reading itself may be a challenge for him. But accessibility can be about more than physical, mental, educational, and similar limitations. Some members of your target audience may simply be too busy to take the time to read your website or blog. If you can give those people the ability to multi-task — to listen to your blog posts on an mp3 player as they go about their other business, for example — you'll give your message one more chance to get out there and be heard.
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  • How Well Does Your Website Work for its Users?

    Lori Halley 08 May 2008 5 comments
    How easy do you think it should be to make a charitable donation? Getting a charity to accept your money might not be quite as easy as you'd think — if the charity's website is designed to meet its own needs, that is, rather than the needs of the people...
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  • Wild Apricot Updates and Plans. April 2008

    Lori Halley 30 April 2008 0 comments
    There haven't been many April showers, but a lot of flowers have already bloomed! On April 10th, we released an update that included the following key changes: Ability to specify different fields for different membership levels. This was a frequently...
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  • Free PDF Tools for Mac

    Lori Halley 29 April 2008 9 comments
    When we caught up with educator Dave Riddell on Twitter the other day, he was looking for a new low-cost tool to create and edit PDF files — the web's default format for sharing printable documents. Here, for the benefit of other Macintosh users, he...
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  • Free Online Color Testing Tools for Accessible Website Design

    Lori Halley 22 April 2008 4 comments
    Accessible websites are the fast-approaching future of web design, and accessibility is already the law in many jurisdictions. We're talking about websites whose designs don't create artificial barriers for people of differing abilities, or those with...
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