Guest post: How to Get the Ferrari Enzo Website on a Fiat Panda Budget
Greg Morris is a CIPD qualified trainer who has consulted for both the public and private sector about how to use technology to work more effectively and efficiently. Greg is running a free training day “Learn how to build a website for your business FOR FREE ” on the 31st January from 10:00 to 13:00 at Bromley Library South London. Register here I am always interested in how we can support small organisations to make the most of the internet. Thanks Greg for sharing you thoughts.
There are some green shoots of change in Central and Local Government’s attitude to the web and social media, and this is also the case for charities and social enterprises. This is good news because now it makes it easier for people to communicate with you and get access to up-to-date targeted, interactive and important information from your organisation. This is the first time that there has ever been a viable easy alternative to picking up the telephone to communicate with an organisation.
But during a time where costs are soaring, budgets are being squeezed to bursting point and unemployment numbers continue to soar how can you do this? Is there a way to have an easy to navigate, user friendly social website that allows organisations to communicate with users and improves their experience when they visit? And, can all of this be done without breaking the bank?
I’ll answer that question later, because there was once upon a time where the internet and website management was the domain of geeks and computer coding specialists. Now there are so many user friendly website tools out there that anyone, and I use that word on purpose, anyone can build a search engine optimised, fully functioning, stable, website with all the social mashables needed.
So let’s just imagine that you believe you personally could learn how to build a beautiful website for your organisation, how much would that actually cost?
An amazing ex-client of mine, womensenews.org have a huge website with lots of articles and spend about £7.50 per month on hosting! If your organisation is smaller you can expect to spend about £3-00 per month. There a few other things you need to have to create a site like womensenews.org:
Templates - £00.00 – 50.00,
5 Email inboxes - £10.00 Per Year
Snippet Mailers - Free
Databases - Free
FaceBook Connectivity - Free
Twitter Connectivity - Free
YouTube Connectivity - Free
User Forums - Free
Live Online Chat - Free
Client Document Upload Capability - Free
In answer to that very long winded question asked earlier, the answer would have to be – yes, if your budget can handle between the minimum of £37.00 pounds per year and the maximum of £100 per year and a one off £50 purchase.
So if you have been considering making better use of your online presence or if you are yet to get online, it has never been as easy or as inexpensive to do so. Good luck and if you have any questions do contact me http://www.niait.com on twitter @gregmorrisuk http://uk. linkedin.com/in/gregmorrisuk