Adding the MMS to your Pre-existing Website
The Membership Management
System (MMS) is designed to be integrated with a website, so that the
work of maintaining the content of the website, and handling the business
of the organziation (membership, events, etc.) can all be handled through
the same system.
If you purchase a website
package from us, the websites we build are fully integrated with the
However, if you have a
pre-existing website, and want to add the MMS to it, it is possible that
the features of the MMS that you are interested in using may require some
work for you or your webmaster to integrate.
We can provide an integration
guide for your webmaster so they can do the integration work.
If you have us do the
integration work, we will have to bill for the time.
So, in the case of adding the MMS to a pre-existing website, in order
to estimate what it will cost in terms of time or money, you need to ask
yourself what features you plan on using... for example, if you don't
plan on using the calendar of events, there's no sense in spending the
time and money to integrate it.
The bulk of the tough questions
involved in integration involve the content-management features that allow
you to edit pages, a calendar, photo album, etc. Plus, the question of
how closely you need the MMS-hosted portions of the system (members area,
event registration) to look like your public website pages.
You may want to read through
some of the examples below, and then contact us if you have questions
or would like an estimate.
"I just want
to allow members to join and pay dues online."
needs to happen is
1) add a link to your website to the MMS new member registration system.
2) add a form to your website to allow members to log-in and pay dues.
Typically 15 minutes of work.
But, if you
have several hundred members, you may also want to have us load your member
and member-billing data into your MMS account as well, so that you can
bill your existing members using the system. This is member data conversion,
and typically takes 2-3 hrs. (included in our website packages, but not
if we are integrating to a pre-existing site)
want to allow people to register online for events"
that needs to happen is
1) add a link to your website to the MMS event registration menu.
1) add individual links to specific event registrations as needed
15 minutes or less
want to use the calendar of events (hybrid version) on my website... and
it has to look perfectly seamless"
to the calendar is easy enough. Making this feature look perfectly seamless...
is where some work may be required. To make this happen, we need to create
a workable header and footer file that will display the header, navigation
bar, and footer of your website. Using these, we can 'wrap' the MMS such
that it will look like the rest of your website.
We will need
to review your website to be sure of how easily we can do this, but typically
this can be 3-5 hours of work.
need to use the content management system, so we can add/change/delete
pages on our site at will"
Use of the
content management system would require that we create a workable header
and footer file, so that we can retain the look of your site. However
the content management system also requires we are able to update your
navigation bar. To make this happen, we may have to re-build your navigation
We will need
to review your website to be sure how easy or difficult this would be,
but this can be as much as 7-10 hours of work.
need to add the calendar, member registration, website content manager,
event registration, newsletter editor, and donations module. It must look
perfectly seamless, plus I have a few changes i'd like to see happen to
the look of the website itself."
want to strongly consider one of our website packages.
Otherwise, the hourly charges for integration of so many items wil add
up quickly and may surpass the cost of a new website.
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