Tips for a terrible nonprofit website

In case you want your website to be really, really bad, here are some tips from the Talance blog, at 15 Ways to Create a Horrible Non-profit Website. Here are a few of the 15:


  • Let everyone on your staff and board give feedback on your design, and apply everyone’s preferences.
  • Put someone in charge who doesn’t care about the website.
  • Make your mission statement about six paragraphs long and put it front and center of the homepage.
  • Hide the donation forms. It also helps to make it really hard to use.
  • Don’t apply any kind of strategy to the site. Just throw it up and assume you’ll get support.
  • Put up a bunch of unrelated pages with an unclear and incoherent message.
  • Design for your board members (or yourself) rather than your audience.
  • Make your decision on a web developer based on cost alone, assuming you don’t always get what you pay for.

Go read them all.


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4 responses to “Tips for a terrible nonprofit website”

  1. Hey there – thanks for posting our 15 tips for horrid websites. The truly scary part is each is taken from a real life example I’ve experienced first hand. If you want a little positive advice, check out 9 Website Upgrades That Visitors Love http://talance.com/blog/2010/01/14/9-website-upgrades-that-visitors-love/
    – Monique
    http://talance.com

  2. Hey there – thanks for posting our 15 tips for horrid websites. The truly scary part is each is taken from a real life example I’ve experienced first hand. If you want a little positive advice, check out 9 Website Upgrades That Visitors Love http://talance.com/blog/2010/01/14/9-website-upgrades-that-visitors-love/
    – Monique
    http://talance.com

  3. Read “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug.
    it’s got wonderful tips on how to do a website so everyone knows why they are there.
    Don’t bury your donation button. Put it all over the place. Give people lots of ways to give.
    Mazarine
    http://wildwomanfundraising.com

  4. Read “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug.
    it’s got wonderful tips on how to do a website so everyone knows why they are there.
    Don’t bury your donation button. Put it all over the place. Give people lots of ways to give.
    Mazarine
    http://wildwomanfundraising.com

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