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Internet & Web Services

Updated 16/9/13

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Getting the right deal

Many companies do special deals for charities. Unfortunately, there is no standard way of charging or setting up a web facility at present. You need to get a number of companies to quote for the work you want doing. Get them to explain what updating will be done by whom, when, and at what cost, or negotiate this. A clearly out-of-date web site reduces credibility! What time scales are they working to in design, who will be hosting (where your web site data/pages are actually kept) and are they likely to provide a reliable service with enough capacity for the level of interest you hope to generate?

Above all, make sure you get a specification which takes into account your existing IT systems (if any) and every aspect you need to keep it going for at least a year. (For example, could be hidden costs of extra pages above your basic agreement, need for expensive links to 'upload' data.)

Use of accessibility criteria and W3 standards is of increasing importance for any organisation. Reminder - # against a listing indicates a site which appears to have accesibility issues (not necessarily a rigourous asessment). Open Source software is gradually making headway, reducing basic costs but still usually needing help to implement, tweak design and interface with other systems. Sites like OpenSourceCMS have fairly techie info on the options. Watch for further developments.

Service Providers

Mainly technical - ISP, hosting, packages

Mainly design and development

Also see specialist software developers, or more specific web-based facilities.

Email and other internet services