A few weeks ago, Sallie Owen, Communications Director for the A+ Education Foundation, e-mailed me:
Saturday I was a presenter for the Alabama Organizing Project, a year-long leadership training program for grassroots organizers. I mentioned wikis as a sidenote about Web 2.0 and the idea of free or very cheap websites that were easy to update, which turned out to spark a lot of questions.
Sallie went on to tell me that the group has a wide range of technological savvy and that most were from very small organizations with minimal resources. She asked if I had anything to share on how a nonprofit could put up a website using wiki software. I didn't have anything specific, but it's an idea I'd been toying with ever since I'd seen the site put together by Nonprofit Rules on Wetpaint. So I told her I'd pull something together.
Over the next few days then, I'm going to take a look at how to use Wetpaint to create a nonprofit site. Here's what's coming:
- Tomorrow I'm going to discuss why I think a wiki can be a good option for building a basic nonprofit website and why Wetpaint seems like the best choice to me.
- On Tuesday, I'll give you a tour of a few nonprofit sites set up using Wetpaint so you can get an idea of how they would look and how the Wetpaint features can be used.
- Wednesday I'll show you how to get signed up with Wetpaint and how to set up your account and site, including selecting your design and privacy options.
- On Thursday we'll cover some basics on how to build a site.
- And on Friday, we'll get a little more advanced, looking at how Wetpaint gives you the option of using your own domain name (i.e., www.mynonprofit.org) and setting up Google Analytics to track traffic on your site. I'll also answer any lingering questions that people may have.
A few of the posts will include screencasts to walk you through the steps. Each day I'm also going to give you some "Action Items" so that you can follow along at home. If all goes well, by the end of the week you'll have set up your own site with Wetpaint. So get out your website content and start thinking about what you want on your site. It's going to be a busy week.