Websites For Non Profits –
Custom Built + Easy To Manage.
How Are Our Non Profit Website Design Services Different?
1 10+ years building websites and making clients happy
2 2-3 months is our average time to launch
3 Custom administration area for the easiest content management
4 Our websites are CUSTOM BUILT – no pre-made templates EVER
5 We take customer service seriously
6 Offer options for small organization budgets
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Have a Non-Technical Staff?
We Have a Non-Technical Solution!
See how 2 Dogs Media, an agency focused on nonprofit website design makes website updating as easy as can be for our charitable organizations!
This video takes you through a website we built for Nobel Women’s Initiative and shows how easy the website is to update even with no HTML, CSS or the use of a builder plugin. Because we care about clean code, ease of use and forward thinking compatibility – we have found this to be the best option for our clients and they love the ease of use!
We Work Like Dogs To Make Clients Happy!
We feel so lucky to have found Jill and her team at 2 Dogs Design! We are a small non-profit and desperately needed some expertise to guide us in a long-overdue website refresh. From our first conversation Jill interpreted exactly what we were looking for – and went above and beyond to recommend features and layouts that we didn’t realize we needed. Her sense of humour, passion and keen eye for detail made the refresh fun (it’s true!) and easy. Long after the website has launched Jill is still available to us at anytime for extra support when we need it. We would recommend Jill and 2 Dogs Design wholeheartedly for any non-profit taking on the daunting task of redoing their website.
Nobel Women’s Initiative
I am happy to recommend Jill Caren and her 2 Dogs Design team for their great work in developing a top-notch website for our nonprofit organization. Jill understands the nonprofit world as she volunteers for various organizations so she knows that resources are limited.
Director of Outreach & Education
Choosing The Right Web Development Agency For Your Nonprofit!
This is one of the biggest decisions your nonprofit will have to make! Choosing the right web design agency for charitable organizations is not always easy and could lead to a not so great experience and website if you do not take the time do your due diligence.
Below we have some suggested tips and questions for making the hiring process more successful and to help find the perfect agency for your organizations unique needs.
Does the agency have nonprofit experience?
Because nonprofits have some unique needs, it is important to have a partner that will be able to not only provide you the tools and experiences you need – but that can also educate you on best practices and latest trends. Make sure their portfolio has a good selection of nonprofit websites that appeal to you and make sure you speak to some of their clients to better understand if the website has been successful since launch in terms of donations, message delivery, engagement etc.
Ask them to talk about tools they recommend!
Make sure they are truly knowledgeable about the nonprofit web design community! Ask them to recommend a CRM or a donation option and see if they can give you a real suggestion with reasons WHY they are recommending those items. Ask them if there are any plugins or tools they would not recommend and why. The more you dig – the better you will get to know how much they understand about your needs – and how their communication skills are!
How will the web agency communicate with you?
Do they offer any type of commitment as to how long it will take to get questions answered or how you can contact them? For example, some agencies have “ticketing” systems where you go to submit your support or question inquiries and then you wait an unknown length of time for a response. Others let you call and have a person ready and waiting to help you for immediate assistance.
Whether you are in the production phase – or the post launch phase, the communication style of the agency is one of the key things you should base your selection on. Be sure to ask prior clients about their experiences with a firm you are considering.
The best situation for a nonprofit organization is to find a web agency that will offer a dedicated person to your project – from concept to completion. This will allow you to have a relationship with one person who will know your project inside out and be able to assist you.
Do they custom build or use templates?
This is so important! Although we understand many nonprofits are not incredibly tech savvy and do not always know what to ask about the actual development side of things!
It is important to understand HOW your website will be built. If it is custom – they will build from scratch or possibly use a Framework (we use the Genesis framework as a base) – but the theme for your organization is 100% custom for you.
Some “agencies” will charge you rates that are super high – but then provide you a “template” website from a resource like ThemeForest that cost them $59 or so and claim your website is “custom”. This means you are getting a pre-built website that thousands of others are using and the web agency is just basically setting it up and putting in the content (if they are even doing that for you) – but yet charging custom rates.
The client was recommended to us to help, we resolved it with a code fix for their immediate need – but wound up rebuilding it for them from scratch and they have not had a problem since.
Verify their references and check the internet for reviews!
First take a look at their website and see if there are reviews on their website from past clients – often there will be a testimonials page or the reviews will be on a case study page if they have those. Then do some digging on the internet for their brand name – look at Facebook, BBB ,Yelp and other resources to see what people are saying. Of course they should provide you references if you ask – but they will always provide the best ones and sometimes may even provide false references. By doing your diligence in this area you can save yourself a lot of headaches down the road!
How long will the project take?
Find out what their normal turnaround time is from the day you let them know you would like to work with them until launch.
What is the expected project start date and launch date?
Some web agencies take many months to create a standard nonprofit website – others may only take a few. It is important to understand how the agency works so you can plan your marketing calendar and launch promotion.
Who will input and layout your content?
With just about every website we have built for a nonprofit there has been significant content changes or inclusions. It is important to understand before you hire an agency WHO will be responsible for the content being added and how the content will be added. If the agency is adding the content – will they allow you to choose the look of the page or is it done the way the agency sees fit and that is it?
If you have to input the content – how hard will it be?
Are they using a builder like Beaver Builder or will you need to know HTML or CSS to make the pages “pretty”. Or do they offer an option like we have here at 2 Dogs Media to have fields where content is entered that lays out beautifully on the front end?
Ask them if you can see an admin area of a website they have built so you are clear on how content will be added so there are no surprises.
Will standard features be a part of the website – how are custom features added?
Most nonprofit websites will have some standard functionality including:
- Newsletter subscribe
- News or blog area
- Member registration/login
- Analytics tracking
It is important to understand whether these are included in your project as well as outlining more functionality that you may need, like integration of 3rd party applications or sharing of visuals like videos. Make sure you have a clear vision of your functionality needs and design style before hiring any web agency since you will want to be sure they have resources and experience to handle your specific needs.
Will they ensure your website is accessible and responsive?
Although these should be standard for every website built – it is not and some agencies will release a website not fully tested or accessible for those with disabilities. Be sure to confirm they will test with all modern devices and browsers and that they will also ensure the website can be used by those using devices like screen readers.
Do they offer hosting or have a referral for it?
Some web development agencies offer their own hosting – if they do there are some things you should know before agreeing to use their hosting.
- Are they a reseller for another host or do they have their own server?
- Do they offer 24 hour support if your website is down?
- What other websites are on their server – this will allow you check page speed of some other sites to ensure the server is fast.
- How secure is the server? Have any websites ever been hacked?
- If a website is hacked – who is responsible for fixing it?
- Is there any maintenance included with the hosting?
If they do not offer hosting – and you need hosting, make sure they are giving you solid host recommendations and not just a referral where they earn a commission (Hosts like GoDaddy and Bluehost are NOT good hosts and would never be recommended by an agency that cares).