23 Dec 2016

Building a website for your group or charity on a shoestring budget

I recently took part in a webinar aimed at helping rare disease patients who want to start a website for their patient group or small charity.
Almost half of the world’s population is online, with the number of users growing daily. People are increasingly turning to the Internet to answer all of their questions – and this includes health.
A 2013 study from the Pew Research Centre found that 72% of internet users have looked online for health information in the past year. For rare disease patients, dispersed around the world, the Internet can be their first port of call following a diagnosis.
It is crucial that patient groups are able to reach out to these patients, to provide them with accurate information and engage them in the group’s community. A simple way to do this is through a website.
It can be a confusing process when you're trying to choose where to host your site, how to structure it, construct it and what to put on it. Added to this, you're certain to want something that costs next to nothing to create and maintain.
Building a website for your group or charity on a shoestring budget

Tips can be used by anyone wanting to start a website

This webinar, held by Findacure Foundation, starts with a talk from Rob Stobo, a web copywriter about thinking about your content.
My presentation starts at 33" and the webinar concludes with questions from the participants. I talk about the options for starting a website with little knowledge, how much it may cost and tips for designing, building and publicising it.
Although it's aimed at patient groups, it's important to note that the tips are usable by anyone who wants to start their own low cost website. Do please share with anyone who might be interested.

To see my presentation by itself (no commentary), click here