Regional voluntary and community sector organisation, VONNE, launched their new blog today. The idea of the blog is to give VONNE’s staff the opportunity to comment on issues of relevance to their members. It will complement their popular website, which is well used by charities and other voluntary organisations across the North East.
Having worked as Information and Communications Officer at VONNE for three years I have a good idea of the needs of the organisation. I wanted the site to be clean, simple and easy to use. It also needed to complement VONNE’s main website, which I achieved through the use of the colour scheme and a consistent header. I anticipate that there will be a good number of posts on the blog so I made sure that it was easy to find them – they can be selected by policy area, author, date or tag. News feeds are available throughout the site and allow visitors to subscribe to posts in a particular policy area, from a particular author or with a particular tag. You can even subscribe to the comments on an individual post – useful if there is a lively discussion that you want to follow.
The site uses standards compliant XHTML and CSS and follows best practice for accessibility and usability. It is all built with the popular Open Source blogging platform, WordPress, which means it is very easy for staff to add their own posts and maintain the site.
Information and Communications Manager, Carrie Brookes, said:
“The blog is great – easy to use, clear and simple. It mimicks the design of our main VONNE website but still retains its own identity. William enabled lots of useful features such as looking at posts in different ways, by author, date, tag or policy area. We’re really happy with it and most importantly staff have embraced it by using it straight away. Just what we asked for from William.”
Have a look for yourself: VONNE Blog