When creating a charity website, the basic web design principles remain the same: it has to look good and score as many conversions as possible. To do this, you will need dedicated server hosting, WordPress, an internet connection and a theme.
The first step would be to install a theme. If you are not already familiar with WordPress, this can be done from the dashboard. One such theme you can use is the Charity Life WordPress Theme. Before you start, download this theme, which comes as a zip file and its demo content to a local folder on your computer.
Installing the theme and plugins
From the WordPress dashboard, navigate to ‘appearance,’ select ‘themes,’ and then click ‘add a new theme.’ Next up, select the ‘upload theme’ option, which will prompt you to choose a theme in .zip format from your downloaded files.
After that, it’s simply a matter of selecting the theme you downloaded and then clicking install. Apart from the theme, you will also need to install and activate several plugins that will be highlighted for you after the installation is complete. One of the plugins that you will install is the WooCommerce plugin. After installation, the plugin will virtually walk you through its entire setup process as you select the options that are relevant to your charity website.
Importing theme options and demo content
You can do this from the ‘options tree’ menu on the WordPress dashboard. Navigate to ‘tools,’ and select ‘import.’ On that screen, under WordPress, select ‘run importer.’ The page will prompt you to choose a file. Select the demo website content file that you downloaded earlier and click the ‘upload file and import’ option.
Customizing the website
Your website home page can be set from the ‘settings: reading’ menu. From there, choose the static page option and select ‘home’ as your home page. For your blog and other posts, select the ‘press’ page.
The site will also need widgets, which you can import from the ‘tools: widget importer and exporter’ menu. From the ‘appearance: customize’ menu, you can also personalize your website’s main menu.
You will notice that the website comes with a shop page. If you wish to customize, add, or remove the widgets in this section, you can do in the ‘appearance: customize’ menu.
After the basic setup is complete, go ahead and start editing custom post types. For instance, you can edit your slides, pledges, events, staff and documents, and causes from your WordPress dashboard to match your information. To finalize everything, select theme options, and change the logo, contact, and copyright information.