Create a Great TA Website

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March 2013

A resource developed collaboratively by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) and the Technical Assistance Coordination Center (TACC)

Website Woes

Do any of these website worries sound familiar?

“We can’t edit our own website. We have to hire a consultant to make any small change.”

“Our site isn’t getting very many visitors. How do we change that?”

“People can’t find what they’re looking for on our site. The design is too complicated.”

When you started doing this work, you probably didn’t expect to be building and maintaining a user-friendly website. Yet having such a website can be pivotal in expanding your project’s reach and impact.

To that end, this guide can help. It looks at what’s involved in creating a great website that attracts scads of visitors, helps them find the resources they need quickly, and makes it easy for them to share those resources with others!

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The Main Chapters in This Guide

CMSing your site | What’s a content management system, and why would you want one? Which one?

Writing it right | Writing for the web is different, because the way visitors read on the web is different.

Sharing | Making it easy for visitors to share your information is easy, too.

Romancing the mighty search engines | Helping search engines like Google find you will drive traffic your way.

You can examine these topics separately or read through all sections to see how the elements work together to improve your site, increase traffic, and grow your project’s impact.

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About This Guide

This guide was developed collaboratively by NICHCY and the Technical Assistance Coordination Center (TACC). The TACC works with the 40+ projects within the TA&D Network to coordinate and support their work on behalf of children with disabilities and involved families and professionals. All of us are funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education.

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NOTICE: NICHCY is going away, but its resources are not. Find hundreds of legacy NICHCY publications, as well as our training curriculum on IDEA 2004, in the Center for Parent Information and Resources' Library at http://www.parentcenterhub.org/resources. This website will remain available until September 30, 2014. After that date, web visitors will be automatically redirected to http://www.parentcenterhub.org.