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Ronald McDonald House Houston Upgrades Website Using TendenciĀ® Open Source CMS Platform

Website targets families, volunteers and donors with information tailored to their interests

Ronald-McDonald-House-Houston.jpgHOUSTON, February 12, 2014 – Ronald McDonald House Houston, which provides a home away from home to families with seriously ill children, has launched a bright and happy new website powered by Tendenci Open Source Content Management System (www.tendenci.com). The upgraded website, www.rmhhouston.org, features many of Tendenci's unique capabilities that cause-related organizations including associations and other nonprofits (NPOs) need, such as donor and fundraising management, online event management and rich media management.

Ronald McDonald House Houston offers a safe and loving environment to provide care, compassion and hope to families whose children are being treated at Texas Medical Center member institutions for life threatening conditions. Over its 32 years, the organization has expanded to encompass 86 bedrooms at 8 locations throughout the Texas Medical Center. The newly upgraded website prominently features buttons that link the organization's key communities – families, volunteers and donors – to portions of the website tailored to their specific interests.

Tendenci is the only open source CMS platform designed for the unique needs of NPOs.

"The fact that Tendenci is open source is important because it gives us a lot of flexibility and we can do a lot more things than we could with our previous website," said Catie Tuley, marketing coordinator with Ronald McDonald House Houston. "Our new website does a great job of encouraging the community to get involved in various ways – by making an online donation, hosting a meal, donating items on our 'Wish List', or launching a fundraising campaign of their own."

Ronald McDonald House Houston uses Tendenci's CMS to easily add, update and organize website content, encouraging users to keep coming back. To feature evidence of the organization's good works, the website uses Tendenci's integrated rich media management to easily upload, view and search photos. Tendenci's online event management enables Ronald McDonald House Houston to quickly and easily add events to its online calendar.

Behind the scenes, the website enables the organization to sort and analyze the activity of website users, making it possible to improve delivery of services to families based on user behaviors and to better target and tailor marketing initiatives. Tendenci's built-in invoicing and financial reporting capabilities enable Ronald McDonald House Houston to examine which fundraising activities are performing. Tendenci also includes built-in automatic search engine optimization and social media integration. 

Tendenci Open Source CMS was released as an open source solution to give cause-related organizations greater freedom and control over their online presence. Tendenci has more than 1 million users and currently powers hundreds of websites for organizations around the world, including Metropolitan New York Library Council (www.metro.org), Houston Technology Center (www.houstontech.org) and Depelchin™ Children's Center (www.depelchin.org).

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About Tendenci

Headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, Tendenci (www.tendenci.com) develops the Tendenci Open Source CMS platform tailor-made for the unique needs of cause-related organizations including associations and other nonprofits. Tendenci is a revenue generating online tool with over one million users overall. Tendenci powers the websites of DePelchin Children's Center, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Tony Chachere's® Creole Foods, among hundreds of others. Tendenci's Schipul Web Marketing business unit provides web marketing services to an international client base that encompasses a variety of service industries in local, national and international markets. Additional information about Tendenci and Schipul is available at www.tendenci.com.


World Class Learning Schools Develops New Websites on TendenciĀ® CMS Platform

Innovative and Easy-to-Use CMS provides more interactivity and information sharing

tendenci_red_medium_200x102.jpgHOUSTON, January 26, 2012 – World Class Learning Schools, an international network of schools that prepares students to meet the growing challenges of a rapidly changing world, has selected Tendenci (www.tendenci.com) as the Web content management software (CMS) that will create, manage and deploy content across its websites.  Zulu Creative (www.zulucreative.com) is providing the Web design and assisting with content development for the project. The user-friendly design is based on the results of a series of usability tests conducted with the sites’ stakeholders. A total of 10 World Class Learning Schools' websites will launch in early spring.

World Class Learning Schools operates schools in Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, New York, Washington, DC, Madrid and in Qatar. The upgraded Tendenci websites will make it possible for each World Class Learning School to add and edit dynamic content on their website. An important feature in Tendenci that led to its implementation is its selective permissions controls that allow multiple tiers of registered-user types, each with individually pre-set, controlled access to information on the website. 

“We have a number of various stakeholder groups, including students, parents, teachers and organizations and people considering our schools; we appreciate that Tendenci’s selective permissions controls make it possible for us to speak to those targeted audiences and to develop content that is of specific interest to them,” said Monica Harter, marketing and communications director with World Class Learning Schools. “We have so much information about learning and our vibrant school communities and look forward to being able to sharing that information to its greatest extent.”

Tendenci provides World Class Learning Schools a full set of automated Web marketing tools bundled inside the website CMS software, including Search Engine Optimization capabilities to raise website visibility on Google and other major search engines. Tendenci supports digital media with online photo and video galleries, which are perfect for showcasing school activities and events. Website users can also subscribe to update alerts through the integrated Really Simple Syndication (RSS). 

Tendenci, which is developed and marketed by Schipul – The Web Marketing Company (www.schipul.com), integrates with Campaign Monitor’s e-mail marketing software to create and send school newsletters and stay engaged with their community online after class. 

About Schipul - The Web Marketing Company

Schipul – The Web Marketing Company develops and builds websites on the Tendenci CMS platform, a revenue generating online tool with over a half million people logging in during the past year and millions of users overall. Schipul is headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, and provides web marketing services to an international client base that encompasses a variety of service industries in local, national and international markets. Schipul’s clients include the Houston Zoo, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Tony Chachere's® Creole Foods, among many others. Additional information about Schipul is available at www.schipul.com and www.tendenci.com.


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