Building and Promoting a Website with (Almost) No Budget

Sally Gradle

Tuesday July 28th 2020
Zoom session will open at 6:15pm (Central time)
with the meeting starting at 6:30pm thru ending around 8:30pm
(with a short review of Group business before the speaker starts), and virtual Meeting After the Meeting (afterwards)

The Fountaindale Library is closed for Meetings for now.

This meeting will be run virtually on-line using a planned UniForum Chicago Zoom account link to this same meeting


So, you want to build a website for your organization or tiny business, and make sure it gets seen, but you have a very small budget? Learn how to use the right tools to build the site, what the options are for promotion, and where to find information to learn what you need to, all for little or no cost. Your organization or side-hustle can have a beautiful website that reaches and informs your audience while maximizing the available funds. Sally Gradle of Blue Orchid Web Development will walk us through some of her favorite tools for getting things done. This presentation is low-tech, suitable for all levels of WordPress users.

This will be a virtual meeting on Zoom. The link to this Zoom meeting will be emailed one hour before the meeting to those that have RSVP'd Yes on our copy of this meeting annoucement.

Note: Be sure to have a check mark in "Email me when someone sends me a message" on your Meetup account at this location in order to receive the email notification of the Zoom URL for connecting to the meeting.

There will NOT be a in-person Meeting after the Meeting planned for this presentation, due to the State of Illinois Covid-19 virus direction for Social Distancing for groups. However expect there to be time after the presentation for a virtual Meeting After the Meeting.

Bio (Regular)

Sally Gradle is the owner of Blue Orchid Web Development, provider of development and maintenance of websites for businesses, online retailers, and non-profits. A student of mathematics education in college, Sally has always had an affinity for technology and how it can be used to make work easier. After raising children with her husband and working in the world of small manufacturers she turned her talents to helping other businesses and organizations build and promote their websites.

In her free time, Sally enjoys gardening, cooking with the things she grows, and knitting things to wear or use around the house. She can be found online at, on Twitter as @YepItsSal, and on LinkedIn at

Getting to the meeting

This July 2020 General meeting of UniForum Chicago (time as described with the meeting's title above) will NOT be at a physical location, but will be a virtual on-line meeting using a planned Zoom meeting for whom the Zoom URL for connecting to the meeting will be emailed to those that RSVP'd Yes to the version for this meeting abount one hour before the start of the meeting.

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