For NPOs, even the simplest website is a good way of ensuring online presence and visibility. Yapla makes it easy to create a showcase page for your essential information, without any programming.
With your website, you can showcase your mission and services. This allows event participants, members and donors to know who they're dealing with, which is essential for building trust.
Creating a website with Yapla is also very useful if you intend to use several of the platform's features. For example, if you intend to create an event or manage your members with Yapla, it's much simpler to bring these pages together in one place.
Note: if you want to create a more content-rich website with Yapla, we also recommend you read this article: Planning the creation of your Yapla website.
What's involved in creating a simple website?
You don't need a visually complex site. The important thing is to include everything that characterizes you and enables you to advance your mission. Here are a few examples:
- your organization's logo and colors
- a menu
- a text describing your mission and services
- a campaign for memberships and/or donations
- a list of your events
- links to your social networks.
In addition to your social networks and newsletters, the creation of content on your site allows you to gradually improve your natural referencing. Your site can act as a link between these communication channels.
Here's how to create your personalized site.
Step 1: Check your logo and social network addresses
Before creating your site, make sure your logo and social networks are included in your Yapla account information. This information will appear on your showcase site, so it's very important that it's up to date.
To do this, go to the Setting feature on your Dashboard. Then click on the Your Organization tile.
The new page offers several tabs, through which you can add your logo and the addresses of your social networks.
Step 2: Create the Website
Click on the Website feature in the left-hand column, then click on the Add a Website button.
Once you've created your site, you'll be asked if you'd like to add a home page. If you accept, your site's first page is automatically created.
Step 3: Personalize the content
By default, the site created includes the following modules:
- Header (with your logo)
- Menu (with a list of your pages)
- Custom content
- Footer (with links to your social networks)
You can customize all these elements to suit your needs.
To edit the content of a page, simply click on it.
There are two ways you can edit the page content:
- through the Edit menu, which gives a preview of the page as your visitors will see it
- or by clicking on the Structure menu, which displays only the page skeleton, containing the list of modules.
Step 4: Edit the banner
The banner is displayed between the menu and your main text. You can customize it with your own images and text.
To edit the banner, click on it in your page editor. A panel then opens, from which you can click on the settings.
Here you can change the banner by choosing from one of the suggested images, or by selecting your own.
Please note: since the default banner is dark, the text is white in the editor. It is therefore not visible. You can, however, see it by selecting it with your cursor.
Step 5: Add your text
Once the banner has been adjusted, click on the next section to edit your welcome text.
It's important to have text on the home page, not only to introduce your site to visitors, but also to help it rank well in search engines.
You can use this section to introduce your organization and talk about your mission and values.
Please note: the text is in white by default, but you can enter it in the editor.
Step 6: Change colors and fonts
Once your content is in place, all you have to do is personalize its appearance.
On your site's main page, click on the Customization tile to access the available colors and fonts.
Choose colors and fonts that harmonize with your logo. If you have some knowledge of CSS, you can also go a step further by customizing the layout of your pages.
Step 7: To conclude: finalize the settings and create a members section
Don't forget to add Google Analytics to get statistics on your visitors. You can now talk about your site on your social networks, so that your contacts can find you, as well as search engine spiders.