Own a Non-Profit Charity Organization in Nigeria? Or thinking about starting one? Building a website for your Nigerian Charity Organization is a great way to spread the word out about your Nigerian non-profit organization.
Besides you can use a website to communicate information, updates, trends, breaking news and even involve people with the culture of your organization.
Following the right approach, it costs a lot less than you think to build a website for your Nigerian Non-Profit Charity Organization.
A strong non-profit charity website in Nigeria should have a minimum of:
1. The Organization’s Mission & Vision Statement
2. A Blog section to keep people current about updates, news and the successes of your organization
3. An organizational chart and gallery showcasing the key members of staff and the management team.
4. An online and offline method of accepting donations & payments
5. A funnel or CTA prompting your website visitors to sign up to an email list, a donation form or whatever matters to the organization at their free will.
As a non-profit charity organization in Nigeria on the look out to build a website, you most likely don’t have much money to spare. And at the same time, you want to build a highly converting website – attractive and user-friendly.
Hence the following steps outlined below will take you through the process and you will begin creating a website for your non-profit organization in Nigeria quickly and without much cost.
The very first step to building a website for your Nigerian non-profit charity organization is to decide more importantly on which software and platform your website will run on.
You can choose to build it from scratch using the usual select programming languages like HTML, CSS & PHP (If you have the required knowledge and expertise) or use a CMS (Content Management System).
For beginners, a CMS is the best decision to take.
Most CMS are easy to download and use to set up your Nigerian Non-Profit Organization’s website – FOR FREE. A good CMS also gives you a user friendly admin dashboard which lets you customize every aspect of your website even without knowing how to code.
Among all Content Management Systems out there, I certainly recommend WordPress for your non-profit website.
WordPress is free, beginner friendly and doesn’t require you learning how to code or hiring a developer.
Setting up a website for your Nigerian Non-profit organization is cheaper than you think, and even though WordPress gives you the ease of building one free, there are still some expenses you have to make to get your website up and running. Such is getting a domain name and web hosting for your website.
You shouldn’t be new to this, but if you are, I will explain it in the shortest way.
A domain name is a unique identifier of your website on the web. While a web hosting is the home for your website on the web. A web hosting is just like a cloud computer which stores all the files and databases that makes up your website and makes it accessible to anyone on the web through your Domain Name.
Just like this website you are on, what uniquely identifies my website from the others is my domain name: www.ayomidejohnson.com
Purchasing a domain name and web hosting for your website shouldn’t break your bank. As you can get a domain name and web hosting for as low as N5,000 per year (depending on your website requirements).
SmartWeb’s hosting is a really good option if you are just getting started. You can get hosting plans for as low as N3,500 and purchase a .NG domain name for as low as N1,500. Also another good benefit of using SmartWeb is that you get a free .com.ng domain name during the signup process.
Furthermore, SmartWeb also has inbuilt features on your hosting’s cPanel to automatically install WordPress, making it easier to start building your website immediately.
WordPress themes control the general layout and appearance of your website. Depending on the theme you choose from the WordPress repository, some themes are easier to customize than others. The deal is picking the right themes.
And to also mention, most WordPress themes are free – although there are also thousands of premium themes which offer more extensive features and regular updates.
Most free themes usually come with malware which developers use to hack websites and do other dubious activities on websites, which is why you should avoid free themes most of the time, especially if you are unsure of the integrity.
To save you time, here are some reliable and efficient free WordPress themes you can use for your website:
Feel free to get in touch with me if you need Premium WordPress themes at really low rates.
Plugins extend the power of any WordPress website, and in this case, we want to run a donation website for your Nigerian non-profit organization. This means we need to install a plugin to help you accept donations for causes on your website.
There are several plugins for donation out there, but the best and the one I recommend is the GIVE plugin.
The GIVE plugin helps you accept donations and run fundraising campaigns on your Nigerian non-profit website.
If you’d like to learn more, I have a full article on How To Accept Donations on Your Website With GIVE
It’s highly important to make sure your website is optimized for search engines. That way, your website can appear in the search results when someone searches for a term related to Charity Organization in Nigeria or Non-profit websites in Nigeria, depending on what you optimize your website for.
Luckily, you don’t need to have extra technical expertise to get your website ready for search engines.
Everything on WordPress is handled by plugins – and Yoast SEO is the plugin for SEO.
All you have to do is go to the plugins area on your WordPress dashboard, search for Yoast SEO and install.
If you’d like to know more about how Yoast SEO Works, I have written a full post on how to Set Up WordPress SEO.
Setting up a Website for your non-profit charity organization in Nigeria isn’t as complicated as it looks, neither does it require high expense, subscription or maintenance fees.
I will summarize the key steps to get you started.
1. Choose a website software/platform.
2. Purchase a Domain Name and web hosting package.
3. Choose a suitable theme to style your website
4. Install a Donation plugin & Set Up Online Payments
5. Optimize Your Website For Search Engines
Do you have any questions or need assistance building your non-profit website in Nigeria?
Feel free to Contact Me or drop a comment. 🙂