ThirdSector.co.uk was relaunched this week with a new design and improved content, including new ‘best practice’ pages in fundraising, finance, governance, management and communications.
Other new features include The Fundraiser's Toolkit, the Charity Finance Skills Zone and packages on important running stories, including the cuts, the big society and changes at the Charity Commission.
New ‘good governance’ pages will focus on charities and the law, mergers, impact measurement and charity regulation. All existing features of the site will continue, including daily email news bulletins and weekly bulletins on fundraising, finance and governance.
Initial reaction from readers was positive: comments on Twitter included "very clear, very friendly and accessible"; "looks and navigates extremely easily"; and "congrats on a shiny new website - I like it."
Subscribers to Third Sector magazine will continue to have full access to the website until their subscription expires. Those for whom we have email addresses should have received an email with their password for the new site.
Letters have been posted to subscribers whose email addresses we do not hold with instructions on how to activate their web accounts. Members of the Institute of Fundraising, Acevo and the Charity Finance Directors’ Group should have received a message from those organisations with activation instructions.
When subscriptions expire, subscribers will be asked to pay for full web access, reflecting the cost and value of high-quality editorial coverage. Discounted direct-debit prices for charities range from £85 a year for an online and magazine package to £72 for the magazine and £63 for online-only. There will be special promotional rates for small charities.
Website users who are not magazine subscribers will be invited to choose one of the payment options in order to continue to get unlimited access to the site. They should go to the subscription page of our website.
Unregistered users who choose not to subscribe will be able to read two articles a month on the site before being asked to register. Registered users who have not taken out a subscription will be able to receive email bulletins, read up to 10 articles a month and leave comments on articles.
But registered users will need to register again on the new site to gain this access. This should only take a few minutes. The site will then recognise your original account details and email bulletin preferences.
Registration will also give access to the option of trying out the full site for 14 days before the number of articles is restricted to 10 a month. Please go to this page to register in the new site.
If you experience any problems activating your account, registering or getting access to the new site, please contact our customer service team on 020 8267 8121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.