Community & Nonprofits

Building a Community or Nonprofit Website in Drupal

One of the earliest and still most common uses of Drupal is to build websites for community organizations and nonprofits. The reasons are obvious: as open source software, there's no up-front or continuing cost, and the Drupal modules provide enormous functionality right out of the box (or out of the download to be more specific).

In addition, the wide array of social media/social web modules means that you can have a modern website up and running quickly. My rule of thumb is that it typically takes half a day to a day to put up a site like this. That means a site that has appropriate security settings so that a variety of people can update and maintain it and so that its long-term prospects for survival are good. One of the problems with webmaster-based websites is that when the webmaster moves on to another project, the website languishes.

This series is based on experiences, comments, and questions many of which have come from others for which many thanks.

I'm trying to keep the technology in the background. It's based on my book, Sams Teach Yourself Drupal in 24 Hours which covers just about all of the technology here. In addition, there are updates about the modules mentioned on northcountryconsulting.com.

This is a work in progress, so comments and requests for other topics are welcome.

Roundtable

Apps as Holiday Gifts on The Roundtable, November 29, 2011 at 11 AM

It's that time again -- time to catch up with the latest from the world of technology. This month, it's apps as holiday gifts. Apps represent a sea change in the world of software development -- less expensive and more focused than many traditional software products, and available for instant download and automated installation on your mobile devices.

Facebook for Nonprofits and Community Groups on Roundtable 10/25/2010, 11 AM

We'll be talking about Facebook Pages for nonprofits and community groups. The price is right (free), and with just a few steps you can get your Page up and running. We'll cover some of the dos and don'ts. I just helped the Saranac River Trail group put up a Facebook Page, so we'll use it as an example (http://facebook.com/saranacrivertrail).

WAMC Roundtable: September 20, 2011 -- Harvest Time with Apps

Jesse and Joe will talk about this year's bumper crop of localized apps and websites for fresh, local food.

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