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  • 270+ Web-Based Business Tools

    Lori Halley 22 September 2008 3 comments
    Hundreds of new web-based applications come on the market every year, so there's likely to be an affordable application for almost any administrative task -- with no need to download, install, maintain and update the same software on each of the computers...
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  • Case Study: Mamapreneurs on Growing Membership Site for Business Moms

    Lori Halley 12 September 2008 3 comments
    Award-winning public relations professional and former broadcast journalist, Marlynn Jayme Schotland created Mamapreneurs Inc. to provide support and networking opportunities to business owners who are also mothers. Based in Portland, Oregon, the organization reaches out online to “mamapreneurs” anywhere in the world. Here, Marlynn talks about strategies for growing an active membership web site, and shares her top 5 tips for online community building.
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  • 44% of Donors Check Out Your Nonprofit Online

    Lori Halley 28 August 2008 1 comments
    When your nonprofit sends out its next fundraising direct mail appeal, how many potential donors will be heading to the Internet before they decide if they want to donate? The number of people checking out your organization online may be higher than...
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  • 6 Sources for Free Map Graphics

    Lori Halley 25 August 2008 3 comments
    No budget for custom graphics — yet you need a map for your website or presentation, to help show your membership reach or the areas in which your organization does its work? No problem. The internet offers a variety of free map graphics, many of which...
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  • Techsoup Site Security Breach: Visitors Urged to Take Precautions

    Lori Halley 07 August 2008 3 comments
    Techsoup.org , one of the best non-profit resources online, has suffered an SQL Injection attack. The site was taken down promptly when suspicious activity was identified, but Techsoup account holders and anyone who has visited the site in the past...
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  • How to Make Your Own Custom News Page

    Lori Halley 29 July 2008 5 comments
    RSS is a very powerful technology , useful for anyone to gather and digest many information sources in one place — and even more useful for nonprofits to get their information out to their members and supporters. If you were to put all of your most...
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  • Next Generation File Sharing Comes Out of the Box

    Lori Halley 24 July 2008 1 comments
    Online file sharing service Box.net made Webware’s list of the 100 best Web 2.0 applications for 2008 for three very good reasons. The award's not for its file storage capability, nor for the ability to access and share your stored files online — although it’s worth noting that Box.net just added iPhone access. It's not even for the user-friendly interface that feels comfortable from the moment you first sign in. What makes Box.net a winner is a powerful Web 2.0 trio...
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  • Award-Winning Youth Helpline gets Web 2.0 Right

    Lori Halley 09 July 2008 1 comments
    People born since 1980 — the first generation to grow up in a wired world — have a whole new set of expectations about communication. Nonprofits who want to reach this audience need to rethink the traditional outreach methods and learn to understand...
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  • 4 Easy Ways to Embed a PowerPoint Presentation on Your Website

    Lori Halley 07 July 2008 20 comments
    If your organization makes PowerPoint slideshows for special events, meetings and conferences, you've probably put a lot of time and effort into creating each one. Why not get extra mileage from those PowerPoint presentations by putting them onto your website or blog for others to see? Here are four different ways to share PowerPoint files on the Web.
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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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  • What's Your Rapleaf Reputation - and why should you care?

    Lori Halley 30 June 2008 1 comments
    We all know that the Internet is a very public space -- but do we always act that way? The separate compartments of social networking sites, once isolated in their own little boxes, have created an illusion of privacy where none may exist -- and now...
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  • Easy Embedded Tables for Your Website or Blog: Part 2

    Lori Halley 26 May 2008 5 comments
    In the first part of this article, we talked about various ways to show data in tables on your website or blog -- their strengths and their limitations. Here, we'll take a closer look at how to use Zoho Sheet, Google Spreadsheets, or DabbleDB to create a searchable, interactive table that you can easily embed in your web page, and update as easily as you update the original spreadsheet.
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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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  • Easy Embedded Tables for Your Website or Blog: Part One

    Lori Halley 15 May 2008 1 comments
    Some kinds of information are best presented in table form: school alumni lists, genealogy data, annotated lists of resources, survey results and statistical data, and so on. When you have several data fields for each item, a simple list won't cut it. Here are 5 methods you might choose to show a table on your web page.
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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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