OIFE is a European Federation with 18 European and 6 international member organisations. We were founded in 1993 and our first President set up a website many years ago (www.oife.org) and is managing it as volunteer webmaster.
Now our Board has decided that we should try to improve and modernize our website – if necessary with professional help.
We found a young web designer who created a first prototype for a possible new website – the minimum costs for the basic website would be around 3000 € – afterwards we would have to do a lot of work to fill the content management system ourselves to save more expenses…..
Should we go (and pay!) for the professional solution or stay with the old webmaster and website and try for some improvements?
How do other European organisations deal with their websites?
– do you have a professional who built and manages the website or “do-it-yourselves”?
– how much money in relation to your yearly budget do you spend for the website management?
– would you please tell us how much your basic website cost?
Actually I think that the most important tool European associations have is the internet. In my opinion, paying for a professional is the easiest way to obtain a good presence in the web. As long as the money is available and all parties agree, this seems to be a good solution – even if there’s still a lot you have to do on your own, like fill in contents.
Geske, Germany, http://www.ichthyose.eu/
Since we started with hardly any funding we have made a simple Joomla website. Some of our volunteers are learning to work with it in practice.
Of course if we would have more funding we would be able to do better, but I am very satisfied with what we have.
The costs were approx. 600 euros.
The system is so easy that many volunteers can help and that is also very good for our team-building.
I would love to know more, however from a cost/revenue point of view I am very satisfied.
Marieke, NephcEUrope, www.nephcEurope.eu
Like all of you, I have had to deal with problems of the website.
It is now considered “normal” to change a website every five years or so.
I would go with a professional, it is worth the money, BUT make sure the “source” belongs to you. If, one day, you decide to work with somebody else, you need to ‘own’ the site and the design. I have recently experienced this with our blog-forum which simply “disappeared” with its designer ….
We’ve replaced our old website with Joomla.
Joomla is extremely open and allows you to produce content very easily and quickly without necessarily knowing HTML.
You might request help of a web designer for the initial design.
Anyhow you can find many templates on the net you can use as a basis for your website and adapt with your logos and colors.
You can share the production of content with members of your association with publication control.
Joomla comes with multilingual features and many many others.
We put in place an online fundraising tool using a Paypal plug-in for security reasons.
Our website is mainly in French but I have translated 25% of the pages which might be relevant in English for foreign visitors. http://www.afsondine.org
Best regards, Phil