Website Construction (CMS-Based)

Help Friends of the Chicago River communicate their work with a content management system (CMS)-based website, so that they can easily manage and update site content on a regular basis.
Friends of the Chicago River
Chicago, IL, USA
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Chicago, IL, USA


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Posted April 6th

Website Construction (CMS-Based)

Project Details

What We Need
  • Development of a new website using a Content Management System (CMS)
  • Training to ensure Organization's staff members can update content and manage the site post-launch
  • Note: This project is for a website built with a Content Management System (CMS), such as Wordpress, Squarespace, Joomla, Drupal, or Weebly . A CMS-based website can be maintained and updated easily (no coding required!)
Additional Details

Analytics built in

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have the copy, digital assets, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have full-time staff and design layout, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $16,822 , allowing us to advocate for improved water quality standards, equitable access to the river, and dispel the notion that the river is still dirty.

We want everyone to enjoy the Chicago River and learn about the river's improved water quality Help us build a very simple site: ChicagoWaterFun com Envisioning a single page site with links out to our partners and a PSA video. Friends has worked for over 40 years as an advocacy group building strong partnerships with the regional EPA, Park Districts, and water agencies We want to create a new way of thinking/experiencing about our Chicago River Yes you CAN swim fish kayak/canoe and grab a drink along the river This site is the catch-all information source for that.

Project Plan

Prep: Share Information
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with an outline of the Organization’s needs and goals for the new website, which should include any specific features that are required (e.g., contact forms, mobile responsive design, member sign in, etc.)
  • Volunteer Manager provides approved content and images to be used for the new website (e.g., About Us copy, Mission Statement, staff bios and images, etc.)
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with links to any existing online presence that the Organization has (e.g., social media, blog, existing website, etc.)
  • Volunteer Manager registers Organization's domain name with a web host, if necessary
Milestone 1: Kick-off Discussion
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional connect to discuss the timeline and scope of the website project, including: the number of pages or sections for the new website, specific features and plugins requires, look and feel for the website (themes), target date for initial review, target date for website launch
  • Professional reviews information provided and makes recommendations for which CMS application to use
  • Volunteer Manager signs up for the selected CMS application, and provides Professional with credentials to create the website
Milestone 2: Build & Review
  • Professional uses the materials provided and agreed upon timeline to build the website
  • Volunteer Manager reviews the in-progress website and provides feedback
  • Professional completes any required functional QA
Milestone 3: Website Launch
  • Professional provides final website for approval to launch
  • Volunteer Manager approves the website for launch, or requests approval from any stakeholders
  • Professional launches the site on Organization's domain name
  • Professional troubleshoots any issues that may arise immediately after launch
  • Professional instructs the Volunteer Manager on how to update content and maintain the website going forward
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About The Org

Friends of the Chicago River
Posted by
Joanne So Young D.

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Our Mission

The mission of Friends of the Chicago River is to improve and protect the Chicago River system for people, plants, and animals.