“We Want A Website!”

At first I was hesitant about pushing completely free solutions, but ultimately there is no harm to this method and only good. The NGO will be introduced to the hassles of regular content maintenance required of modern websites but hopefully it will be able to prove beneficial capacity building in terms of donors and general awareness about the project. Also, with such benefits at no cost, eventually even the more stubborn board members may be more willing to shell out the funds need to maintain a regular, more traditional website, or at least a more official domain name.

It is also a system I am already familiar with, which will make inevitable technical support much easier. And it will be a good test case for other situations like this, where I am approaching another NGO that wants a website. Bringing more Kenya-specific solutions is always a good way to convince people you are telling the truth when offering advice. It’s been a most productive day indeed!

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  1. Jesse

    If it didn’t cost too much, I’d say a self-hosted WordPress blog is the way to go. I am also in the process of creating a business site for my mother using iWeb and I must say you can make some pretty slick, professional sites with it. My main worry about self-hosting WP is that you have to find space to host that won’t break the bank, then you also have to have enough knowhow to make your blog into a website that’s unique.

    What’s you’re take?

  2. iWeb is great and all, but still requires a) the iWeb software b) time. The organization needs to focus on generating content and what this all even means, so starting them off with simple, freely-hosted WP is the way to go.

    But WP was chosen specifically because it has a nicely delineated upgrade path, where we would migrate over to a self-hosted WP-based site. In terms of making it look good however, they would still need to bring in a web designer who knows how to work with WP templating to make the site look different. Also, it requires setting up an account with a Kenyan Web Hosting service, which are at best ok, and at worst, absolutely horrendous. And if my web-based research is anything to go by (which it may not be), then more of them are horrendous than ok.

    So for now the goal is to introduce the organization to the rigours of content generation without having other distractions to worry them. Because ultimately, if you can’t push solid content, get off the web.