CU Homepage on WordPress!

Just stumbled onto Mutual Savings CU’s website and it is done with WordPress.  And, I don’t know if sadly is the right word here, but it looks a lot better than many CU sites I’ve seen!  Very easy to navigate and very clean!  It is a great example of how WordPress doesn’t just have to be a blogging engine, but works great as a CMS as well.

12 thoughts on “CU Homepage on WordPress!”

  1. Nice.

    Too bad they didn’t enable comments on every page. I keep waiting for/wanting a credit union to do this. With the site done in WordPress, they have the tool right at their fingertips, so why not?

  2. This is terrific! I’m starting to doubt whether it is worth creating any site from scratch. I don’t think web users really care anymore if a site has a unique design or navigation. It used to be about creativity and now I think it’s about using common, familiar design to get people comfortable quickly. We, Dort Federal Credit Union, are in the midst of a redesign. I’m going to give this idea some real thought.

  3. In addition to just flat out rockin that they’d use WP for the whole site, it’s a good design on top of it.

    With the number of CUs out there without websites at all (somewhere around 3k if I remember correctly), there really isn’t an excuse anymore.

    I’m with JP – enable those comments (moderated, of course).

  4. This is pretty cool. It’s not super smooth yet. It makes me think about making a few wordpress templates for credit unions.

    I would like to see the big ASPs like FundsXpress, DigitalInsight and Harland make some widgets for the logins and rates.

    This really simplifies web design for the small credit union. It doesnt permit a LOT of flexibility for customization for branding, but there are already widgets for videos and podcasts and a million other things that I think would be perfect for a credit union.

    But ultimately it is a great option for the $20million asset credit unions to get a nice website up for a very small investment with a lot of bells and whistles.

  5. I’ve thought about redoing our site with WordPress, since I have stacks of experience with that from my own blog, volunteering projects, and my last job. But for now I’m continuing to work on incremental improvements, small tweaks here & there. (We’re doing usability testing soon…wish me luck!)

    I don’t know about comments, though. What’s the goal, exactly? Do you have enough person-power to handle spam, respond adequately, etc.? And conversely, is it embarrassing to have all these pages with comments forms and NO comments? (like those old-skool hit counters “100 people have visited this site since 1997”)

    Can you do a mostly static site with wordpress.com, does anybody know?

  6. I would say the goal behind the commenting is for member feedback. WordPress does a great job of catching spam and moderating comments isn’t all that time consuming. Most WordPress themes display a link to the comments so they wouldn’t show up on the home page. You could probably even set it up to say “Comment Here” instead of “x Comments”.

    As far as static pages go, I believe that is pretty easy to. I had much more experience with the open source version of WordPress then wordpress.com but I know you can change your homepage to a static page instead. I’m getting pretty decent as administering WordPress, so if you have any questions, shoot me an email or leave another comment!

    I’m interested to see how the Trabian open souce CMS is going to compare…

  7. Elaine’s comment begs a question. Which are we more afraid of: Two many comments too manage? Or no comments at all? Because it sounds like a simlutaneous combination of “fear of success” and “fear of failure.”

    The reason for enabling comments? I dunno. Let them comment and see what happens. As long as comments are heavily moderated, why not?

  8. I hear you; it just doesn’t click for me. For feedback to the credit unions, and comments amongst members, it seems like a forum would be more suitable. But I’m entirely likely to be wrong. 🙂

    I’m pretty good with static pages on WordPress, I just haven’t used wordpress.com, and I was thinking about those 3K w/out sites. (Lo these many years ago (2001!), I set up a Blogger account for the community college where I worked to publish press releases on the web. It was good for getting started.)

  9. I love the forum idea. That’s one I’ve been pitching for a few years. In fact, it’s my favorite online tool for financial institutions, even though I’ve never seen anyone ever do it.

    The problem is that if you’ve never participated in a forum then you don’t get it.

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