7 effective assistants for a non profit website
I usually surf non-profit organization websites about animal protection, environment, children, women, etc. and I think they are really practical and helpful. So, an idea of building a Joomla non-profit website is not bad, isn't it? If you think it's an interesting idea and you have the intention to set up a website like that, keep reading this article! I will reveal 7 effective Joomla extensions that will help you set up a powerful website attracting many volunteers and donations.
Before going to details of these extensions, I think you should take a look at 9 must-have Joomla extensions for all websites.
Then we will see these following 7 kinds of extension:
- Multimedia display
- Documentation submission
- Events Calendar
- Multi Lingual
Recommended extension: Youtube Gallery
Most of websites need tools to display videos or photos related to the websites' activities. And non-profit websites are not exception. They usually have a lot of activities or events so that there will probably have many recorded video clips. A powerful extension will help you display and manage videos much better. I recommend you Youtube Gallery, one of the most popular extensions of displaying video gallery. Personally, I really love this extension.
Youtube Gallery allows you to bring your videos which were uploaded to Youtube into your website and create multiple galleries of favorite videos or playlists. Apart from Youtube, you can mix different other video sources such as Vimeo, Yahoo Video, College Humor in a flash. The package includes a component, a plugin and a module.
The best of all, it's totally free!
Recommended extension: jNews
When you want to send mass emails to subscribers to announce events, activities of your organization, newsletter extension is an essentia tool. So, I will introduce to you actually a component called jNews.
You will get the amazing experience of email marketing with jNews, a powerful newsletter component for Joomla. jNews comes with all the newest and cool professional features: send mailings to one or several lists, includes 5 default newsletter templates, track subscriber's IP, unlimited lists, unlimited subscribers, unlimited newsletters, social tags and so on. It also integrates with many popular Joomla extensions such as JomSocial, VirtueMart, K2, etc.
jNews is designed with ease of use and robustness in mind and with many powerful features to make your experience worthwhile.
Recommended extension: DOCman
If your website stores a number of documentation files like reports, articles, news or publications, news releases, etc., it might be a headache to manage and find the most effective way to show them to visitors and members. Don't worry! There is a medicine that can help you effectively. It's called DOCman!
DOCman is a powerful document management solution for Joomla 1.5 to 2.5. It helps you manage documents across categories and subcategories and it allows users to upload, download or edit documents. Additionally, it will store documents either locally or remotely and prevent direct linking using a built-in anti-leech system.
All this takes place within an intuitive and simple to use administration interface. DOCman makes offering downloadable documents on your Joomla site easy.
Recommended extension: Joom Donation
A lot of non-profit or non-governmental organizations need donations to continue their awesome work. If your non-profit is in the same situation your website will need a good donation extension. That's where "Joom Donation" comes in.
Joom Donation is a Joomla 1.5, 2.5 native extension. It allows you to get either one time or recurring donations from visitors to your site via payment gateways including Paypal, Authorize.net, MoneyBooker, Worldpay, 2Checkout and more.
Joom Donation makes donor managing easy with donation forms which collect donor's information, confirmation email and notification email which will be sent directly to administrators when donors make donation to the site.
Recommended extension: Jomsocial
A non-profit organization usually is a place where many people from many cities and countries come and meet each other. It should be a friendly and open-minded environment to create favorable conditions for members to express their thoughts and personalities. With a community extension, your website can become a small social network. I highly recommend to you to JomSocial, the most powerful social network component available for Joomla. You will surely not regret using it.
JomSocial is an award winning Social networking tool built exclusively for Joomla. JomSocial is designed to quickly build your member base and let them engage in social activities such as making new friends, voicing out opinions, sharing pictures and videos, managing events, or even launching a social revolution.
JomSocial is supported by many template clubs such as Rockettheme, Joomlashack, Joomlart, JoomShaper and many more to provide you many various choices of templates.
Events & Calendar
Recommended extension: GCalendar
Non-profit organizations hold a lot of events such as meetings, conferences and seminars. These events happen throughout the year. How can you and your members remember and handle all of these demands? You absolutely need a calendar for your sites. GCalendar, an excellent extension will make everything smooth.
GCalendar connects Google calendars with your Joomla website. It will integrate your Google calendar events smoothly into Joomla. This component offers many great features such as: support for multi-languages (Joomfish), SEF support, show the calendar as a module, list the upcoming events in a module and more. Once you start using it, you and your members will not miss any more important events!
And do you know what? It's totally free.
Recommended extension: Falang
Many non-profit organizations, span many countries and continents. It's really hard for users to read a website not in their native language. Thus, a multi lingual extension is necessary for your website. Falang does just that.
The Falang component allows you manage all your content translations, even the content of all your components/ modules, on your web site. It is so flexible that you can easily add new components at a later date and then translate the new content.
Falang is a form of Joomfish 2.1.7 which has been re-written to be compatible with Joomla! 2.5. If you are familiar with Joomfish, you will use this component more easily. But if you have not ever used Joomfish, this component will not challenge you at all, too. With Falang, I can say that translation work is a breeze.
You could visit and refer the following NGO websites using some Joomla extensions above:
- Women's refugee commission
- Leicester business women
- The American women's club of Cyprus
- Coolplanet 2009
- Catholic women's league Australia
- Client Earth
- Feliz Animal
- Mankato Squadron - Civil Air Patrol
- AIDS Support Group
- CKC United
These 7 extensions are my personal suggestions. There are still other great extensions on JED that you can find, download, buy or use as you desire. If you have any idea or want to share cool extensions that you know, just comment right here!