Crowd CMS - FREE the Web

by Robin Waite, Author of Online Business Startup category: Charity

“We want websites to be free for Charities, #support Crowd CMS to FREE the web for #Nonprofits and #Charities http://thndr.it/1iA0w3l

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Robin Waite, Author of Online Business Startup
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We are about to launch Crowd CMS as a piece of Open Source Software aimed at cutting the deployment time (and associated costs) of setting an enterprise level website up for Charities and Not-For-Profit Organisations.

And we need your support to make this happen through our Kickstarter project, which can be found here:


Our Vision is to help get any small charity or NFP online with an Enterprise Level solution quickly and totally for FREE..

How Crowd CMS Came About

We initially started building Crowd CMS to speed up the deployment of our customers' websites, but then found that in doing so we had created a really fantastic framework which could help launch an Enterprise Level website and CMS for Not-For-Profit Organisations, Charities and Startups really quickly and for much less money.

Since launching Crowd CMS 12 months ago we have had hundreds of requests to demo the product with many requests for the solution to be made totally Open Source.

The Impact

We work with many Not-For-Profits, Charities and Small Business Startups and we would love to be able to get Crowd CMS into a state whereby we can offer to help these organisations get their website set up and online for free whilst not compromising on the quality and performance that you sometimes get with other community driven applications.

As site built with Crowd CMS will be future proofed, scalable, fully Web Standards Compliant, Responsive, Accessible and Search Engine Friendly, customisable by anyone and extendible by anyone with a programming background in .Net.

Oh, and did we mention it will be Open Source so entirely FREE. Crowd CMS will not only stand to benefit NFPs and Charities but any business looking for a cost effective but Enterprise Level Content Managed Website.

Other Ways You Can Help

Making a financial contribution isn't the only way you can help, you may be able to help in other ways:  

  • If you can't make a financial contribution then please make some noise about Crowd CMS
  • Share this on Facebook, Twitter and Google+, someone you know may be willing to help out
  • We need help moving Crowd CMS into GitHub, maybe you can offer some time or expertise in making this happen
  • If you are a programmer you may want to contribute to improving Crowd CMS or use it for your customers' websites, we would love to hear from you if this is the case

  • Our Commitment to Crowd CMS

    May 21, 2014
    We really want Crowd CMS to happen and to be able to help all these fantastic organisations out there, so we have already committed to the first phase of updates.

    This means we are in the process of implementing the Themes/Templating functionality and will be starting to integrate various themes into Crowd CMS in due course, which would speed up the deployment of new websites significantly, and bring us another step closer to being able to launch websites using Crowd CMS for FREE.

    This will benefit business startups, charities and not-for-profit organisations around the world by giving them truly professional, ecommerce enabled platform from which to shout about their organisation.
  • A few tweaks to the campaign

    May 14, 2014
    Well we've made a couple of tweaks to the campaign:
    • 250 supporters seemed like an impossible task, so I've dropped it down to 100 for the time being. 22% supported looks much better!
    • Add the campaign video as well, so it will be interesting to see if that lifts the conversion rate at all.
    And a big thank you to all those who have supported our Thunderclap so far, hugely appreciated!

Robin Waite, Author of Online Business Startup

I am Robin Waite, Co-Founder of Hostpipe Ltd and Co-Creator of Crowd CMS.

Hostpipe design and build fantastic websites for Small Businesses, Charities and Not-For-Profit Organisations.

We have helped over 200 organisations get online in the last 10 years and were recently recognised as one of the fastest growing businesses in our local area (Gloucestershire).

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