Building a fundraising site for your organization to take donations or raise funds doesn’t have to be a huge pain. While there are many solutions for this and other web services, this is just one approach that can get you online and ready to take donations. Take this simple approach and have something up quickly.
Pick a domain
Your domain is the address for your website. You want something short, easy to remember, and easy to spell. For example, if you organization’s name is We Help People, you would want to try to get wehelppeople.org, .com or something similar.
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There are lots of tools available to help you find and register a domain name. Here are a few of my favorites:
It is extremely important to take some time to think through your domain. You want something that directly relates to your organization, but you also want something that provides for things like brand building, search engine optimization and is easy to remember and type.
Choose a Hosting Provider
Hosting is where we will point your domain to and where your files will actually live. This is an important part of the process as it sets the pace for your online activity. Hosting is normally a monthly or yearly subscription fee. There are lots of options ranging from a shared space on a server for a few dollars per month to dedicated server racks inside mammoth facilities for hundreds or thousands of dollars per month. On top of that there are things like managed hosting options that give you a bit more support on things like security and software updates. You may have a dedicated professional or team who can do those kind of things and want a bit more flexible solution. All of these are options that you can choose from.
My guess is that you are looking for something that is low maintenance for a low cost. I recommend several providers and have written about them in the past. They are all solid providers who have strong reputations and service. I use each of them to host several sites and find value in each of them for different things. There are several options in this space that offer just the right amount of management and cost efficiency.
These two hosts will take care of your WordPress updates, security, and server maintenance. These three benefits alone can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
One of the other nice things about these hosts is that because they are WordPress specific, there is no need to install WordPress on the servers, which can be somewhat complicated for someone who doesn’t web development experience.
In the next part of this series, we’ll talk about setting up your initial WordPress settings and choosing a theme. If this article has helped you, please share on social media!