A quick and simple way to build a website for your charity or community organisation.
We all know how important it is to have an online presence. But how do you get started if you run a small voluntary group with limited resources?
We recommend using WordPress.com as a good way to create your organisation’s first website.
Here’s why we think WordPress.com is a good choice for community groups:
free or low cost
great for social media
good for search engine optimisation (SEO)
stay protected with automatic updates
built on open source software
There are several other online platforms that allow you to create a simple low-cost website. These includes the likes of Wix, Google Sites and GoDaddy website builder. These might meet your needs, but most of them are proprietary platforms. This means that there’s very little that you can do if the vendor goes out of business or decides to hike their prices. You are also stuck if you outgrow their services. You can either stay with what you’ve got or you can start from scratch and rebuild your website elsewhere.
WordPress.com is built on the open-source WordPress software. At any point you can export your content and move it to your own hosting package. You can always download a copy of the WordPress software for free.
How can I get started?
It takes a matter of minutes to create your own website.
Visit WordPress.com, click on ‘Build a website’ and follow these five steps:
choose your homepage style - in most cases you will want to choose a welcome page
select a theme - there are over 160 free themes to choose from
choose your domain - you can choose a .wordpress.com domain for free
pick a plan - you can choose the free plan for now and upgrade later if you need to
create your account
That’s it! You’ve created your own website.
Now, you just need to add some content. Read our article on writing better content for your website for some tips.
Need some inspiration?
We helped these organisations create a website using WordPress.com:
Use your own domain
With the free plan your website will have a domain like www.my-organisation.wordpress.com. This is fine, but if you want your site to look more professional you may want to register your own domain name. This means that people can visit your website at an address like www.my-organisation.org.uk.
You can either choose your domain at step 3 in the set-up process or you can add this later.
To register your own domain you need to upgrade to one of the paid plans. This currently costs from £18/year. The paid plans also mean that there are no ads on your website (similar to other platforms, the ads keep the free plan free).
Need any help?
Alternatively, we offer guided training to help you build your own website. This can be with WordPress.com or any of the other commonly used platforms.
Please get in touch if you’d like more details.