How Should You Select an Agency to Redesign Your School or Nonprofit Website?


A website serves as the virtual gateway to your organization, often forming the first impression for potential donors, volunteers, and stakeholders. A well-designed website not only serves as a virtual front door but also acts as a powerful tool for communication, outreach, and fundraising. However, redesigning a website can be a daunting task, especially for…

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Navigating the Cost of a Good Private School or Nonprofit Website in 2024


In 2024, the cost of a well-designed and functional website for a private school or nonprofit organization can vary significantly based on several factors. Understanding these factors can help you navigate the pricing landscape and make informed decisions about your website investment. Here are some key considerations when evaluating the cost of a website: It’s…

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Tips for Maximizing your Investment in Professional Photography


We’re excited to share this guest post from Rebecca Drobis of Rebecca Drobis Photography. Rebecca is a Washington DC-based photographer whose images tell human stories. Her photojournalism training instilled in her a keen sense of observation and the ability to capture impactful moments. She is especially adept at building genuine connections, putting subjects at ease,…

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Maximizing School Efficiency: A Comprehensive Guide to Blackbaud API Integration with WordPress by Design TLC


The need for seamless integration of technology is increasingly important in the ever-evolving digital landscape of education. Schools can be challenged by managing of vast amounts of data while striving to enhance communication and engagement with students, parents, alumni, and donors. Recognizing these challenges, Design TLC offers innovative solutions to empower schools through the integration…

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School Website Redesign Process: Podcast Episode with Barb Doyle

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Fun fact: Tara Claeys co-hosts the Mindful School Marketing podcast with Aubrey Bursch of Easy School Marketing. The podcast brings in guests to discuss a wide variety of topics related to independent school marketing, admissions and enrollment, as well as strategies for mindfulness to make work and life more healthy, effective, and enjoyable. Website Redesign…

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Navigating Color Contrast for Improved Accessibility in Web Design


In the realm of web design, aesthetics often take center stage. Designers meticulously craft layouts, choose fonts, and select colors to create visually stunning websites. However, amidst the pursuit of visual appeal, one crucial aspect often gets overlooked: accessibility. Web accessibility ensures that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with websites effectively.…

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Inclusive Design Practices: Making Websites Welcoming to Everyone


Inclusive design practices are the key to making websites welcoming to everyone. In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance of inclusive design, its benefits, and practical tips for creating accessible websites. Understanding Inclusive Design Inclusive design, also known as universal design or accessible design, is an approach that aims to create products and environments…

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What Should a School Sitemap Include and What Should be Removed?

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A school’s website serves as a vital gateway to information for prospective students, parents, faculty, and the community. An intelligently structured and easily navigable website is pivotal in conveying a school’s identity, offerings, and values effectively. A crucial component of website organization is the sitemap, a hierarchical list of pages that aids users in understanding…

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The Benefits of WordPress for School and Nonprofit Websites


For schools and nonprofit organizations to effectively communicate, engage with their communities, and achieve their missions, a professional online presence is essential. WordPress, a popular content management system (CMS), is a versatile and cost-effective solution for building and maintaining websites which offers many benefits to both schools and nonprofit organizations. User-Friendly and Easy to Manage…

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Equity in Websites: A Heartfelt Approach by Design TLC

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Hey there, I’m Tara, and today I’m here to chat about something that’s both a passion and a priority for us at Design TLC: equity in websites. In a world where our digital presence is as crucial as our physical one, it’s vital to ensure that everyone feels seen, heard, and included. This isn’t just…

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Streamlining Operations: Harnessing Zapier for Enhanced Efficiency in Independent Schools


In the dynamic landscape of independent schools, efficiency and productivity play pivotal roles in ensuring smooth operations and fostering an environment conducive to learning and growth. Small schools have small teams, and staff will often wear many hats. Zapier, a powerful automation tool, offers a plethora of possibilities for independent schools seeking to streamline their…

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