The Association Blog: News and Resources for Association Executives

10 Best Website Design Practices for Associations

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Oct 8, 2015 6:30:00 AM

Your website is the face of your association, and in addition to keeping its content up to date, you want to keep your website design modern by incorporating new technologies that make your site more user-friendly and technologically relevant. However, due to the constant innovations in website design and technology, it can be difficult for associations to keep up. To help you identify the features and trends you can use in your website, we’ve gathered the 10 best website design practices for associations.

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Topics: web design for small businesses, membership website best practices, nonprofit website design, website design for non profits, Website Value

Key Ways Websites Add Value to Organizations

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Apr 24, 2015 10:40:00 AM

Your website is your organization’s public face, engagement hub, marketing machine, member source, and more. Your website can add immense value to your organization through brand development, strategic marketing, and member engagement, retention, and commitment.  In this week’s Association Debrief, we investigate the key ways websites add value to organizations, associations, and their members. As well as how to get the most value out of your website.

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Topics: web design for small businesses, membership websites, website design for non profits, member friendly website, Website Value

Heartbleed Website Design for Associations

Posted by Allison Reilly on Apr 15, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Heartbleed: What It Is and What You Need to Do About It - TechSoup - Heartbleed, if you haven't yet heard, is a massive tech bug that compromised the security of dozens of popular websites. It's essentially a loophole that could have been exploited to gain access to user information. If you're wondering if you need to change any passwords to any of your association's social media counts, then check out this Mashable article showing which sites need to have a password change. These changes need to be made immediately, even though many sites have already patch the problem, because Heartbleed existed for several years before being noticed.

Spring Cleaning Time on Your Website - Wild Apricot Blog - This article offers a great to-do list on how to make sure every part of your website is up-to-date and working properly. These little details can hurt your search engine rankings and user experience, while also being incredibly easy to miss when you make a change, or add something new, or even take something down that's old. The only caveat we would add is to be careful and deliberate with website design changes, such as font and color. These changes may seem small, but website design should only be changed for a good reason. Wanting a fresher look is not a good enough reason, as that's an excuse that can be used every six months, which is too often in changing your design.

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Topics: association debrief, member recruitment, recruiting young members, membership website best practices, website design for non profits

9 Common Website Challenges Professional Associations Face

Posted by Lamees Abourahma on Nov 27, 2012 3:31:00 PM

Learn the nine common issues professional associations face with thier website to help you identify and resolve any challenges you might have.

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Topics: membership and marketing solution, wild apricot solution for assocations and nonprofi, membership solutions, association marketing, website design for non profits