Auckland, New Zealand

Web Design and Donating Time

Telco, digital, web, volunteering

Web Design and Donating Time

Welcome to my new website – version who knows what.

After I don’t know how long I’ve finally moved myself back to WordPress and I’ve got to say it’s a breath of fresh air after having a purely manual HTML, PHP, and CSS site.

Thinking about web design

In 2019 I don’t know why anyone with a little of tech knowhow isn’t already using a CMS like WordPress to take control and ownership of their own online presence. Each person or organisation I’ve helped so far has wanted both of these and has thought of them as key project objectives. In most cases all they needed was to be guided through the process of setting up their pages and content – from there they hit the ground running.

I do get it though, some people don’t have the time, don’t have the understanding, or simply don’t want to do it themselves but after seeing some of the prices being charged I really do think it seems like a no-brainer. Especially for non-profits, small businesses, and charities.

On that note – why not donate your time rather than money?

Recently I’ve spent a lot of my time working on websites for non-profits and charities. From $150,000 grossing event microsites to full fledged resource centres. All of them free and all of them via HelpTank – a ‘job search’ site for volunteers to be matched with organisations in need of help.

It brings up the question – why don’t more people do it? In my office, for example, a huge number of people are eager to reach into their pockets and donate to a worthy cause but imagine if they all also spent time each quarter (even each year is a start!) applying their skills to helping boost a non-profit to new heights.

This is something I’ve been passionate about since hearing about HelpTank and something I am an advocate for in my role on the board of the Spark Foundation because a few hours of your time can make a huge difference.