Web development support (project)

Part of the Volunteer Projects Library

What is it?

A Web developer can support your organisation by making improvements to the technical aspects of your website. Experts in web programming, they also often will know of “off-the-shelf” products so can work with you to find the best solution to your technical problem.

There are dozens of programming languages, so to find the volunteer with the right skills, it’s best to specify what Content Management System (CMS) your website uses (e.g. Wordpress, Drupal) or what language it was built in (e.g. PHP, C#, Ruby, etc.)

What will this person do?

The web developer will update your organisation’s existing website to change a template, fix a bug or add functionality either with bespoke code or an off-the-shelf (nocode/low-code) tool. 

Who needs this?

You want to add new functionality to your site, fix a bug, or build a new template (that has already been designed).

Who is involved?

The person who oversees your website should liaise with the volunteer. This could be your CEO, your Marketing manager, or a dedicated digital specialist.  They should be able to explain what you are trying to achieve - the user and business needs you want to meet - and work with the volunteer to test the outcome of the project.

If you are asking for a new template, you may want to have a web designer provide designs. (Remember, the web developer has technical skills, but not necessarily a visual eye!) 

How long will it take?

This will depend on the project (what you are hoping to achieve) and the current state of your website so it’s best to discuss with potential volunteers. 

Where can I find out more? 

The Catalyst’s blog on How three charities used NoCode to run their services will help you consider if you really need to make a change to your website.  

If you aren’t sure yet what you need, you might want to recruit a volunteer expert for a micro-consultancy to get started with your topic.


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