This presentation was made at the Fall Leaders Meetings at ISA Expo 2009. As interest has grown in these areas, the presentation expanded in scope and time to include a wide range of technology topics for ISA Sections.
The New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) contracted Bridge-Soft to build a new web site, which was commissioned in May, 2009. The site was built using the DotNetNuke open source Content Management System. This allows NEWEA to act as its own web master, being in complete control of the pages and content on the site without the need to pay a web developer to make these changes.
The site includes many advanced features including member only features, a blog, job postings, and more.
How local ISA Sections (or Divisions, Departments, etc…) can leverage the latest Internet technologies for (mostly) free and (relatively) easy solutions to web site management, collaboration, and outreach. Presented at 2009 Spring Leaders Meeting.
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Resources and Links
Web Content Management Systems:
These open source Content Management Systems (CMS) provide powerful features for building sophisticated web sites at no cost.
Google Applications allow you to utilize several shared applications like email, calendar, contacts, sites, and documents at no cost.
Vertical Response is an electronic newsletter service that provides free emails for non-profits.
These services provide different forms of social networking. LinkedIn has become the de facto site for professional networking. There are already several ISA Groups active on LinkedIn. Facebook is a more personal experience, but recent changes to the site and terms of service make it easy to create “Fan Pages” to connect with a wider audience (think college students). Finally, Twitter is called a “micro blogging” service and is not all that easy to explain. It is essentially an open ended conversation among people who “follow” one another. If you’re interested, check out “How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media.”
Blogs are emerging as one of the most important marketing and communication tools in the world today. To learn more about this topic, you can check out “How to Combine SEO, Blogging, and Social Media For Results” from HubSpot.