The Sites4Good Process
Sites4good operates per UWA semester:
End of Feb - End of May & End of July - End of Oct
We will be welcoming interest of your charity all year round, but the two above times are when we will be working hard at designing the website and need communication with your charity.
We would be working at our best if you can spent some time thinking about:
- who will be in contact with the students
- what you need the website to do for your charity
- content included in your website, such as images, logos and text (which can always be amended by you later)
- the existing domain and website, and any issues with your current website (if you have one)
Any charity recognised by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission can apply with us for a free website.
Your website will be built by volunteer students from the University of Western Australia, under the guidance of professional designers. The website will be a professional representation of your charity and is built to create awareness for your charity, to promote your cause and to increase donations.
Introductions and Gaining Basic Information and Content
Contact charity with welcome email. Schedule call, zoom, meeting
Asset collection: images, text, sitemap of old website, videos.
Let Charity create Wix account to hand website to.
Select template, make student contributor.
Website scope: 5 pages + blog if desired (no shop)
Determine digital strategy, who? what? where? how?
Design Home Page draft
Working on Your New Website
Working with Tier 2's, Tier 3's and Unleashed Design to maximise your website traffic
We Will be updating you with our progress and will contact you for areas that need clarification or approval
Final Touches and Handover
Final feedback from charity and adjustments
Adjust website for phone usage
Obtain any WIX Coupons
Connect Domain for Website
301 Redirects if existing old website
Wix SEO wizard
Final handover to your charity
Feedback from Charities
Benefits of Using Wix
After years of giving free Wix workshops, we, unleash design wanted to volunteer in a meaningful way. Together with Unihall we mentor students to build a free basic website each for charities that under represented online
The free basic website is a springboard that the charity can extend upon.
Wix enables you to add a lot of important functionality onto your basic website for free:
Growing community: member access, blog, forum, subscription plan, Paypal button, image galleries, mini shop (ECWID), Instagram feed, booking platform for one on one sessions, email marketing, etc.
Free website design
With a coupon charities on the ACNC register can get a basic hosting plan for a year which allows you to connect your own domain and have no advertising on the website.
E-commerce solutions require more than a basic plan (shop, booking for groups and with online payment.
Hand over information
At the end of the semester your website, created by students of Sites4good, is ready to be handed over to you.
The students together with mentors from Unleash Design will continue to support you.
You've got a Wix website
A Wix website is easy and safe to maintain and grow. Help is available through Sites4good during Uni semester, and via the Wix Help Center.
Free website, discounted plan with coupon
The setup and design of the website by Sites4good is free, please open a free account with Wix to transfer your website to.
Wix has granted you a coupon that allows you to get an entry level premium plan for free. This enables you to connect your charity's domain with your website.
You can request a coupon again before the plan will renew if you are still registered with the ACNC.
We will have already connected the plan with the coupon for you, when we transfer the website to you. Although the plan is free with the coupon, the Wix billing system will ask you to enter credit card details upon transfer. To avoid being billed in a years time please "cancel" the plan in "Subscriptions" in the Wix dashboard. You will receive a renewal notice on the email you created the Wix account with next year. You can ask for another coupon to renew the plan. You will always keep the website for free with a default Wix domain, but you need a plan to not have advertising and connect your own domain.
You might have already purchased a domain with an Australian domain host. To connect your domain you just need to be able to log in to your domain host and change the existing name servers to the Wix name servers that you will be given when you click "connect domain" in your Wix dashboard.
If you would like us to assist with that we will require the login details to your domain host.