Building your public website

Your public website will be the first place people go to find out who you are, what you are doing, how to help and how to request PPE from you.

There are many ways you can set up a website these days but if you aren’t familiar with webdesign there are 3 places you can go that will make it very easy for you:

Of those three, WordPress gives you the most flexibility and control, but Wix and SquareSpace are much easier if you’re not naturally a techy person.

The main features your site needs to include are:

  • A description of who you are and what your goal is
  • An application form for people to sign up as a maker or volunteer
  • An application form for people to apply for PPE
  • A contact form for people to get in touch
  • Ideally you will also want to set up a number of email addresses with your domain name. You’ll want a genera one such as contact@YourGroupName.com, then you’ll want one for each core member such as josh@YourGroupName.com

Landing Page

Your home page should have a very clear call to action for anyone looking to request PPE. It should be the first thing they see when they load the website so make sure it’s easy to see:

PPE Request Form

For the PPE request form, you will have to work out what information makes sense for your own setup, but here are the questions we ask on our form:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Confirmation that they are working on the front line of the pandemic
  • What their role is on the front line
  • Who they work for
  • Delivery address
  • How many people they require PPE for
  • Which kind of PPE they require (Face Shields / Mask Clips)
  • How many of each they would ideally like
  • If they want a delivery or if they will collect in person
  • Comments box

We have our form outputting to a website called ‘Trello’ which we use to organise the back end of our operation. It would be too complicated to explain how this is possible with all the different website services out there but you don’t need to use Trello, just find a system that works for you, even if it’s just emails, or saved in the websites back end system.

Volunteer Form

Again, this form is going to need to be tailored to your own requirements, but we ask the following information:

  • Name
  • Are you over 18?
  • Email Address
  • Phone number
  • City / Postcode
  • Country (Our form automatically declines any requests not from our coutnry)
  • Do they own a 3D printer?
    • If so, is their print area at least 200 x 155mm (minimum size to print out headbands)
    • How experienced are they with 3D printing
    • Upload a photo to show the quality of their prints
  • Would they be willing to help on factory days processing PPE
    • If so, what days of the week would they be free
  • Do they own a car
    • If so, would they be willing to do collection/delivery runs
  • Comments

Downloads

Make sure there is a clearly accessible page where people can download the STL files for 3D printing

Link to your crowd funding page

Make sure there is a clearly visible link to your crowd funding page so people that come to your website can donate.