How to Maintain a Website - for Dummies
May 20, 2014 12:51 PM Subscribe
I am a newish member of a volunteer organization. Most of the members are older, and the Board is looking for ways to drive new membership.
I think it is essential that the website be updated, in order for the organization to look more progressive, and in turn attract younger members. I feel that I could devote a few hours a week to this task. Difficulty: I don't have, nor have I ever had a website of my own, and don't know anything about maintaining one.
posted by vignettist to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
One thing that I noticed before I joined is that their website is woefully simple, and lacks a lot of what I, as a younger, web-using person would consider important content. For instance, the calendar is out-of-date and not updated regularly. There don't seem to be regular updates to relevant information. Basically, you have to physically show up in order to get information. Except, as a new person, there really isn't anywhere to find information as to where or when to show up. For all intents and purposes I stumbled upon the place, and when I did, they were warm in greeting me, but bewildered, essentially asking me "what made you come here?"
I think if the website were regularly maintained, and a little more dynamic, curious folks like me might be more inclined to make the leap and show up.
I believe there is a person who is officially responsible for maintaining the website, but clearly doesn't have enough time to do so. So I am assuming they would not be super interested in taking a lot of time to train me.
Before I up and volunteer myself for this task, I'd like to have some idea as to how to hit the ground running, or, at least have a resource that I could consult when I run into trouble, other than the too-busy person who is currently responsible.
Advice much appreciated.