Open source web software WordPress, as used here, has just got a new theme (design template) specifically

“for schools, non-profits, and organizations.”

Created by Automattic, the power behind WordPress, it has useful built-in features which could enable groups to set up a new site very quickly on wordpress.com.

For example

  • a ‘call-to-action’ button in a prominent front page position (with fairly simple way of adding other buttons elsewhere too).
  • ‘testimonials’ content type which could be used to show how charity beneficiaries have been supported or carry volunteers’ stories, for instance.

The theme is called Ixion: see blog announcement or the theme page gives a good overview of its elements (there’s also a demo).

It can be used both on blogs hosted on wordpress.com or a self-hosted site. CharityBlog is showcasing how one self-hosting implementation can look.

(For self-hosted, while Ixion is not yet in the WordPress.org theme directory it can be downloaded, for manual copying to the site, from a link bottom of the theme page’s right-hand column.)

Some notes

Featured content only shows if there an item has a featured image and the item is tagged as ‘featured’ (and you’ll need to set the right tag in the customiser too).

Features like the call-to-function appear by default in the customiser, but if nothing is entered for button text etc, they won’t appear when the theme is ‘activated’.

You can change the number of posts showing on the front page (via customiser or Dashboard Admin > Settings > Reading).

We’re guessing that Ixion largely derives from the new Twenty Seventeen theme introduced with WordPress 4.7 (officially released 6 Dec 2016), the first default theme designed for business websites. Twenty Seventeen has more options so takes more setting up, and no ‘call-to-action’ button.

More WordPress themes, plug-ins, advice specifically for the voluntary sector on the CharityBlog Links page.

Comments welcome