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If you’re a frequent visitor to our site, you might notice a few changes in the coming weeks. That’s because we’re making some big improvements and are proud to announce the upcoming launch of the newly redesigned TechSoup.org.
As a social enterprise, we never stop working to better serve nonprofits that share in our commitment to building a more equitable planet. In fact, TechSoup currently works with more than 965,000 NGOs in 236 countries and territories and has facilitated over $9 billion in U.S. market value of in-kind technology and funding.
To that end, we’ve created a refreshed, modern web presence to streamline access to all our traditional and beloved products and services. It will also serve as the place where TechSoup technologies and services are first announced.
The new TechSoup.org has been optimized for mobile devices, so you’ll be able to experience all the new functionality wherever you go. We’ve also built the site with accessibility in mind on several fronts. And we’re launching a new blog.
Our new website will officially go live in early November.
A Streamlined User Experience
Nonprofits who are regular visitors to TechSoup will find a streamlined catalog that makes finding product offers and solutions easier and more efficient. Additionally, the home page has been reconfigured, sending a clearer message of who we are and what we offer as an organization.
“We reduced clutter and developed a cleaner, simpler user experience with more breathing room in the interface to encourage users to do what they are intended to do on the site,” says TechSoup head of user experience Tyler Benari. “It will now be easier to benefit from offerings available in and out of our catalog, interact with others in the nonprofit community, and gain access to other TechSoup services.”
Maximized for Mobile
TechSoup’s updated website will be maximized for mobile devices, allowing nonprofit staffers to take advantage of the many offers on TechSoup.org right from their phone or tablet.
“It’s an exciting time,” Benari says. “We will now be able to literally get TechSoup into more people’s hands. Redesigning the site to be more mobile-friendly will allow us to grow our community much faster and better serve the existing nonprofits we love so much.”
The newly redesigned TechSoup.org also features greater accessibility and is informed by Web Content Accessibility 2.0 Guidelines (WCAG).
“TechSoup cares very much about accessibility and enabling access for all people,” Benari says, describing two key factors that have been improved upon: contrast and code. “Our new color scheme makes it easier for people with impaired vision to access content on the site, and our code was updated to better communicate with screen readers.”
A New Blog Platform
Finally, we’re excited to introduce our new blog, more suited to integrate existing TechSoup.org content in a single, easy-to-access location. We’ve given the platform an upgrade, complete with a fresh look and improved functionality aimed to make blog posts more easily shareable and to promote a more robust multimedia experience.
You’ll continue to see improvements in the coming months as we receive feedback from the communities we serve. Also, be on the lookout for more information surrounding the new site, including a webinar and short video.