DawnReel.com believes in "Capacity Building." Unlike most web shops and technical assistance providers we want you to learn to manage your site and be as independent as possible. Become competition even! Here are resources to learn to make quality, standards compliant, mobile-friendly, future forward websites. These high-quality, up-to-date tutorials are free and rated "beginner," "intermediate" and "advanced."
Make great websites cheap! The ultimate collection of free and inexpensive web design tools in fifteen different categories from planning to editing to debugging to testing! http://www.netmagazine.com/features/15-ways-make-great-websites-less (some beginning, mostly intermediate and advanced)
The tutorial site Tuts Plus is a fantastic resource to learn a lot of the basics of web and graphic design. The "premium" material costs $19/month, but many basic tutorials are free (you pay extra for additional PSD files, advanced tutorials, latest tutorials, etc.). Do the "Web Design from Scratch" series of 16 lessons. It takes you from what you need to know/download first to start learning coding, all the way to advanced topics like useful online development applications. (beginning to intermediate)
Done the basics and read for the latest HTML5 coding examples? Remy Sharp, co-editor of the short, readable HTML5 book, also has an awesome code repository of HTML demos and examples. (advanced beginner to intermediate)
Ready to pay a bit for top-of-the-line lessons? Treehouse offers a breadth of expert-curated web design, development and iOS development topics (HTML, CSS Foundations, Technology Foundations, Aesthetic Foundations, Introduction to Programming, and others) and charges users from $25 (and up) a month to access its tutorials, forums and online community. Special now, students only $9/month. You will be expertly guided along all the skills you need to get where you want (not just learning programs)--and get to earn badges and shine before industry-leading web professionals on interactive spaces. If you are working in the web design field, or a serious student with $25/month, this is the best place to learn. (From seriously easy, so "easy" they never explain it, to advanced.)
There are two types of WordPress: (1) WordPress.com and (2) WordPress.org. Total beginners, first learn WordPress.com. Yes, they have free video-based lessons and website hosting! Perfect for small not-for-profits as well.
Want to do more cool things than you can do on a WordPress.com website? Experienced with basic HTML, CSS and basic web hosting? Want to make websites that have a lot of functionality (do lots of cool things); are easy for a non-tech to maintain (but not create, that's your job); and professional? If you answered "yes" to all the above, I recommend trying WordPress.org. If you don't know basic HTML, CSS and webhosting, learn it here first, free.
WordPress 101 Basix Training, a 17-part WPtuts+ WP101 tutorial series, the perfect beginning spot for those just getting started with WordPress. It's also a valuable resource for designers & developers who are teaching your clients and colleagues. Very well-designed series. Free. Fantastic place to start learning, especially for folks who like video-based leraning.
WordPress.org has its own extensive online training. It's geared to learners who are text based and want more detail. Start here.
How WordPress.org Works, a 6-part videotape of a presentation to a WordPress Meetup group. Great for advanced beginners.
There are a wide range of (mostly free) social media tools organizations can use on their website to that empowers website visitors to do more than just passively read, but to actually get interactive! An interactive web user can interact with you the web worker, and if you want, to connect and share information with other online users as well. You can thus design an experience for your web visitors that is much more exciting, personalized, valuable and enticing to return to--and in turn they can contribute to your site and build community and value there (and you're not even paying them!). These different social media tools include: blogs, photo sharing, bookmarking, RSS, wikis, video sharing and more (yes, like Facebook and Twitter). Read easy descriptions and watch short, cute videos of specific types of tools.
Do you understand these concepts and really just want to kick out your first Facebook page? Check out this super Facebook articles collection.
Did you know free email services like Hotmail and Yahoo have limits on how many emails you can send at a time? When you bump up into this problem you're ready for an Email List service. Also, it's a pain administering and updating email lists manually. Email lists let people sign up and edit email addresses and preferences themselves! Common free ones (advertizing supported) are Yahoo E-Groups and Google Groups. These are great in the beginning, but when you need email segmenting and open-rate and click-on statistics you have to pay (or have more advanced tech knowledge or a 501c3).
MailChimp.com is a great email choice for groups just starting out that want a free solution and who do not have a 501(c)3. It is more robust than Google or Yahoo E-Groups and free for up to 2,000 subscribers (warning-they change this amount all the time). Send up to 12,000 emails per month free. No expiring trials. No contracts. No credit card required. Easy, and actually fun, for beginning Email Marketers. Yeah, the Chimp really is fun, unlike Clippy!
VerticalResponse.com is a full-featured email service that is free for nonprofits with a 501(c)3 certificate in their own name (don't try borrowing one from your friend who works at MegaNonProfit.biz, they check!). They have fantastic free Email Marketing Articles & Reports; Email Marketing Guides; Case Studies; fantastic weekly Webinars; Podcasts; and Videos that teach you beginning through advanced Email Marketing. All you have to do to access them is signup for a free account (first 100 emails are free, no credit card needed for signup). If you are a qualifying nonprofit or ambitious Email Marketer-to-be, sign up now!
Once you have 2,000+ subscribers you need more features and should move up to the paid email (or export your info and import into the totally free Google Groups or Yahoo E-Groups, but it will be a big letdown). If you can't afford the higher volume prices, and have a bit of experience, consider the open-source Dada Mail. You can install it yourself if you have intermediate skills (or $100 they install; $50 manual & lifetime updates). DadaMail is based on CGI scripts, easier than most PHP-based open source email programs, and geared towards artists (Dada) and non-techs.
Lastly, if you have access to advanced skills, a huge list and broke, use the largest open-source email list solution, PHP List. You can set it up and use it for free, but unless you know a bit of PHP/web programming, you won't be able to. Do not attempt this without knowing some PHP! Or pay a one time fee of @$185 for them to set up a free, high-volume email account and @$50 for their large manual. They offer hosted email for $5/month and free for the first 300 subscribers.
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Wonder why your popular website isn't listed higher up on Google? Sure, you could buy ads, but there are a lot of free things you should do first. Learn some basic SEO and show off your site!
Are you trying to install a theme to your WordPress install and getting messages saying "...not enough memory"? Or trying to upload a correctly formatted media file and can't because "...not enough memory"? You need to fix the setup of your server. Ask your hosting provider for help, or read this and try fixing your maximum file upload size yourself.