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Bundled web service launched for charity sector
Web developers, Template, and information management specialists, Route4 plc, have joined forces to launch an integrated web development service aimed at charities and the not-for-profit sector. The London-based companies have decided to pool their resources to present a comprehensive service offering for organizations wishing to upgrade, update or re-develop their web presence perhaps incorporating other aspects of information management through internet technology.
Launched in August, Template’s web development package has been specifically developed for the charity sector and can be easily integrated into Route 4’s enterprise information portal application, Openshare, to provide a variety of tailored business process applications.
Template, which was established in 1996 and has been developing web sites for over five years, has prepared a special “charity web package” which includes a number of added-value features such as a forum or messageboard, multi-language capability, online donations, e-commerce shop, online recruitment, realtime Helpdesk, text only/text sizing, news feed, members sections, events calendar and e-mail updates.
“Generating traffic and building an online community are the cornerstones of web strategy in the charity and NGO sectors”, says Managing Director at Template, Fergus McCloskey. “It is essential therefore that websites provide a dynamic and above all interactive experience for the visitor that will create a vibrant community spirit, a sense of inclusion and ultimately generate repeat visits”.
Openshare, which was first launched in 1999 after five years of development in Italy and America, is an information management application for building, deploying and maintaining information enterprise portals. The tool is designed for use on internet, intranet and virtual private networks (VPNs). With over 300 organizations using openshare daily throughout the world, many thousands of contributors are allowed controlled access to the web rather than submitting articles to a central department.