Mary Srednovic set up Charity Web Sites, back 2003. The idea was to offer free web sites for people to use for their favourite charities. Mary encouraged senior citizens to develop their skills to help out by building these free websites. Mary also offered her expertise in building traffic to these web sites. Remember this was in the days before everybody was talking about Google, in those days it was Lycos, Altavista and MSN.
Some samples of her work include a lot of work for The Montenegrin Association of America and in particular an excellent page about the Montenegrin Sculptor, Mijo.
The aim here in 2014 is to continue the work of Mary by offering free web site design to charities all over the World. This is done by web designers that we find who just want to put something back. The styles of sites we have are based around the easy to use WordPress blogging platform and Joomla CMS. At the moment we don’t have many well trained Joomla experts available, but we can set a basic site up for you if you wish. This site you are reading now is made with Joomla. WordPress on the other hand is very straightforward and there is a lot of online tutorials available on the internet. WordPress has free and premium themes and we do encourage you to use a premium theme if possible. Our favorite WordPress theme is called Thesis. Thesis sometimes gets called a ‘framework’ because it is very customizable and some of the experts at Thesis customization can produce amazing looking websites. The website that first caught our eye was one that got showcased in the DIYThemes Forum (DIYThemes make Thesis). It was a website called MotorhomeFreedom.com which offers motorhome rental in England and Scotland. What caught our eye initial ly was the gorgeous background image and the fact that the site worked just as well on an iphone as it did on a 27″ monitor. We got in touch with the designers who then pointed us towards the Thesis theme. At the moment there doesn’t seem any reason not to use Thesis.
If you are interested in a charity and are actively involved in fund raising and the organization, why not get in touch and see how we can help? We are also looking for Joomla developers who are prepared to work for their favourite charities. There is another platform we became interested in which is called ModX, if there are any ModX experts out there, please get in touch.