Tools At A Glance

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 Tools

 Use this tool if

 Limitations

 Important features

 Cost

Blog

Blogger

blogger.com

you want to upload content frequently and have new posts always at the top of your website.     limited number of templates available. WYSIWYG editor, video tutorials, mobile and email posting  Free

Wordpress

wordpress.com

see above.     dashboard is complicated-looking, number of features could be overwhelming WYSIWYG editor, integrated calendar and polling tools.  Free*
Wiki

Google Docs

 docs.google.com

you want a collaborative space for all community members to participate in. group participation required to be successful. easy way for members to share information and easy to navigate.  Free*

Wikidot

wikidot.com

 see above.     number of features could be overwhelming to new user.  "More than just a wiki." easily iterated bloggin tool, easy to embed google gadgets, youtube videos, and flicker photos  Free*

Ning

ning.com

you want the above, with social networking capabilities. used mostly for like-minded groups; cat-lovers, tri-athletes, moms.  unique member profiles, visually appealing, photos and videos, chat.      Free*
Website

Google sites

sites.google.com

 

you need an easy tool to update a calendar and post images and text. very basic layout, only works well with other google products, gadgets integrates with google calendar, easy to edit.  Free

Neighborhood Link

neighborhoodlink.com

 

see above. very basic layout.  very simple to use. If you can send an email, you can add information, join discussions, add photos, and upload documents to your website.  Free
Social Networking

Facebook

facebook.com

you want an easy place to post information and the people you want to reach have FB accounts Facebook pages have standard layout, you can only reach people with Facebook accounts. allows you to easily send information to Facebook members who are part of  your "group", no web skills necessary, tweeting.       Free

Nextdoor

nextdoor.com 

you want an easy place to post information within identified neighborhood Nextdoor posts have standard layout, you can only reach residents with Nextdoor accounts.  private social media site where all neighbors are verified.
 
 Free

Twitter

twitter.com

you want to post short, frequent updates ("tweets") to your "followers."  requires "followers" to be useful, should not be primary web tool. easy way to send community updates, without requiring a lot of your time or mass emails, you can tweet it.   Free