CharityBlog is back, on an irregular basis.

CharityBlog has been around in various different guises since January 2006, when it was added to the VolResource ecosystem providing practical information for those involved in the voluntary sector. Fellow site VoluntaryNews, live since 2000, is being put into archive mode late 2017.

This site will give an opportunity for occasional commentary and thoughts from VolResource’s John Howes.

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Ownership of the CharityBlog domain name is up for offers, at the right price. Please use the contact form on VolResource to get in touch.

A few WordPress ideas

CharityBlog has always used WordPress, while VoluntaryNews had a brief detour to Drupal – both open source web content management systems. This site will include demos and explanations of built-in features, themes and plug-ins aimed at (or useful for) voluntary organisations. See Links page.

WordPress add-on modules are known as plug-ins. Key ones used here:

  • Admin Dashboard Last Edits – keep a list of latest items at hand, to view or update.
  • Akismet. Spam management is essential if you allow commenting.
  • BackWPup – back-up database, plugins and/or media.
  • Broken Link Checker to automatically spot web links which no longer work.
  • JetPack from WordPress – security, shares, stats and more.
  • Simple History logs actions such as publishing, log-in, updates.
  • ‘smart User Slug Hider’ obscures user names in various places, a log-in related security measure.
  • TinyMCE Advanced. TinyMCE is the ‘visual editor’ for content creation, this adds some extra features/tidying.

Other plug-ins used on other sites include Admin Columns, WP Exclude from Homepage, WPFront Scroll Top.

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