Build a Simple Non Profit Website in WordPress

The purpose of this blog post is to walk you through the steps of building a simple and elegant non-profit website using the awesome WordPress platform. Whether you’re an experienced web developer or designer, or simply someone who wants to help out a good cause, this guide will get you up and running in no time flat. Let’s get started.

Why WordPress?

WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) around, and with good reason. The software is open-source, which means it’s freely available to download and use, with no royalty attached to its use. This being said, WordPress is not cheap, particularly if you want to hire a professional web developer to build your site for you. Not only does WordPress provide a solid foundation and flexible featureset for your non-profit, it also comes with several fully equipped free website builders available, such as WordPress.com and WordPress.org, which means you don’t need to hire a professional web developer to get started. If you’re looking to build a simple and elegant non-profit website, WordPress is the perfect choice.

What Will You Need To Build This Website?

Before we get started, you’ll need to have a WordPress website to build on. You can either launch a free WordPress account using one of the above-mentioned website builders, or you can download and install WordPress on your own computer. For the purpose of this tutorial, we’ll be using the second option. Installing WordPress on your own computer is relatively painless, though it takes a little bit of time. To get started, you’ll need to download and install WordPress on your computer. Once you’ve downloaded WordPress, you can launch it from your desktop or shortcut it to your start menu so it’s always available. From there, you can either create a new WordPress site or login to an existing one.

Depending on how long your site will be and how much traffic you anticipate, you’ll need to make a decision about the type of hosting you’ll need. Do you want to use a free service such as WordPress.com or do you want to pay a fee for hosting your site on a WordPress.org account? For the purpose of this tutorial, we’ll be using WordPress.com, as it’s free, but you can use whatever service you choose. When it comes to choosing a web host, it’s important to look for one that has a high level of customer support and is highly recommended by other WordPress users. This way, if you do encounter any problems during the building of your site, you’ll have someone available to help you out.

Step One: Create a New WordPress Site

Once you’ve launched WordPress on your computer, you can create a new site by clicking on the word »Create« in the upper-right corner. This will take you to the site’s dashboard, where you can choose a site name and email address, as well as set up a password for your new WordPress site. (Don’t worry; we’ll come back and fix this password later on.)

Next, you’ll see a screen prompting you to either choose a theme for your site or click on the word »CMS« to activate the WordPress default theme. If you choose the latter, you’ll be able to customize the theme a bit, but for the most part, it’ll look like this:

As you can see, the default theme for WordPress is pretty slick and modern looking, but you can always switch to the classic look if you tick the box next to »Novel« under the Theme heading. Whatever you choose, the theme will lock in all the necessary plugins to create and maintain a fully functioning WordPress site. For the purpose of this tutorial, we’ll be using the theme »Artworx«.

Step Two: Install And Activate The Theme Artworx

Once you’ve chosen your theme and edited it to your liking, it’s time to start installing the plugins that make your site special. In order to do this, click on the word »Plugins« in the upper-right corner of your WordPress dashboard. This will take you to a screen where you can search for and install plugins that will help you with the functionality of your site. For the purpose of this tutorial, we’ll be using the gallery plugin, which allows you to easily create galleries (e.g., product images) for your posts.

Once you’ve installed the gallery plugin, navigate to your dashboard and click on the word »Plugins« in the upper-right corner again. This time, instead of sorting by downloads, you’ll want to sort by »Active« to see which plugins are currently installed and working. If you’ve installed the gallery plugin, you’ll see a »Galleria« option under the Plugins heading. Click on this and you’ll be able to activate the plugin so you can use it to create and organize your product images. Once you’ve done this, you can click on the plugin’s activation link in your WordPress dashboard to confirm.

Step Three: Create Your Blog Post

With your blog post’s template chosen and the plugins installed, it’s time to start writing. From your WordPress dashboard, click on the word »Blog« in the upper-right corner to bring you to your site’s front page. This is where you’ll post the content for your blog, including the blog post you’re writing now. To create a full-blown blog post, open up a new page and start typing. When you hit the »Enter« key, your post will be live and you can start adding content. For the purpose of this tutorial, we’ll be creating a fun and quirky blog post about cakes and cupcakes.

Once you’ve finished creating your blog post, it’s time to publish it. Go to your blog’s dashboard and click on the word »Publish« in the upper-right corner to bring you to the post’s dashboard. From here, you can choose to »Preview« the post to make certain it looks the way you want it to before publishing it for the world to see. If everything looks good, hit the button next to the word »Publish« to publish your blog post and bring you to a new page, where you’ll see your blog’s latest post.

As you can see, building a WordPress site is pretty easy, and with very little effort, you can have a fully functioning and unique blog to call your own. With the above steps, you’ll be able to build a simple and elegant WordPress site in no time flat. Of course, if you want to make your blog stand out, you can always add a bit of CSS to the head section of your HTML to give it some polish. Alternatively, you can find a stylish and unique theme or choose a free one, such as WordPress’ default theme, and start building your site today.