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5 Strategies for Optimizing your Donation Form

Practical tips to increase accessibility and enhance giving opportunities

June 17, 2024

It’s no secret that a cornerstone page on many nonprofit websites is the donation form. In many cases, donation forms are the primary channel for potential donors, making them a significant giving resource. Ensuring your form is optimized and accessible is one action that could enhance your fundraising efforts. Here, we explore five ways to optimize your donation form to increase giving potential and make it usable by as many visitors as possible.

A computer screen displaying a nonprofit’s donation form

How Mangrove Serves Startups

Dive into our work with 5 visionary organizations

April 8, 2024

Helmed by trendsetters, innovators and industry changemakers, startups bring something fresh to the marketplace—a product or service that can empower groups of people, fill vital gaps, or move industries in a different direction. Authentic branding and efficient websites are critical for their success. We dive into our collaborative work with 5 visionary startups.

A sparkler burning a sunset in the background

How to Use CRM Data to Inform Nonprofit Website Design

Tips to help your organization design a website tailored to your audience

March 26, 2024

Many nonprofits fret about the best way to approach website design without realizing they have an incredible source of information and guidance available—their constituent relationship management systems (CRMs). Here’s a look at some of the ways you can use this information to make more informed web design decisions that appeal to your audience and drive engagement. 

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Championing Accessibility: The Root of Community Building

Our Founder, Maiya Holliday, to speak at upcoming Champions Retreat

March 14, 2024

Accessibility isn’t merely a notion or process at Mangrove—it’s a guiding principle that shapes who we are as an organization. One of the things we cherish most about being a B Corp is the opportunity to discuss business strategy and principles within a community of organizations that share our values. We’re thrilled to attend this year’s B Corp Champions Retreat, including participating in a panel discussion about this critical topic. Here’s a closer look at this exciting opportunity!

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How Mangrove Serves Environmental Advocacy Clients

A look at 4 changemaking organizations

March 11, 2024

As the need to tackle climate change and ecological degradation becomes increasingly urgent, the work of environmental advocacy organizations rises in importance. For organizations spearheading transformative environmental initiatives, prioritizing inclusive, user-focused websites and brands can amplify their impact. We explore the distinct needs of these organizations and delve into our work with 4 diverse environmental advocacy clients.

Looking up at the tops of trees and blue sky in a forest

The Power of Storytelling in Major Donor Fundraising: 4 Tips for Nonprofits

Strategies to help your organization connect with new and existing donors

February 8, 2024

If it isn’t already, storytelling should play a major part in your nonprofit organization’s major donor fundraising strategy. Dive into four strategies that will leave your team more likely to connect with donors on an emotional level, leading to improved relationships and higher chances of securing donations.

A group of open books laying flat to show pages of text only

How to Prioritize Digital Accessibility for Your Website Project

Key steps to get internal buy-in for making your website accessible

January 23, 2024

In a digital landscape where every click shapes perceptions and influences decisions, investing in accessibility is a strategic move that can significantly boost your business. Here’s a look at the key steps you can take to build a convincing case for this important and strategic undertaking.

A selective focus of an opened door

Investing in Your Brand During Economic Downturns

Key reasons to invest in your brand during uncertain times and strategies to strengthen it

January 17, 2024

Whether or not there’s a full recession in 2024, one thing is clear—if it’s a possibility for your business, investing in your brand and marketing can be extremely valuable during uncertain times. We explore some of the key ways your business can benefit from investing in your brand in an economic downturn and strategies you can use to strengthen it.

A yellow and black sign with arrows pointing left and right sitting at the end of a road. A mountain and a field are in the background.

How Mangrove Serves Financial Justice Clients

A spotlight on 5 unique organizations and initiatives

January 8, 2024

Whether working directly with investors or serving an education or advocacy role, financial justice organizations have unique branding and web design needs. We dive into those needs and explore the work of 5 members of our financial justice client community.

Outstretched hands holding coins

Making the Business Case for Website Redesign in 2024

Key steps to secure support for revamping your digital presence

December 29, 2023

Updating your website every 2-3 years can help keep it current, on trend, and maintain a positive user experience. Here’s a look at the key steps you can take to build a convincing case for this important and strategic undertaking.

Laptop screen with UX sketches in black and white

How To Make Your Dollar Count This Giving Tuesday

Our list of change-making organizations worthy of your support

November 15, 2023

Giving Tuesday is on November 28. At Mangrove, we get excited about charitable organizations and ways to support them. Our work and connection with nonprofits means we know of some great change-making organizations that would benefit greatly from your support. Here’s our list—in no particular order.

A person’s cupped hands holding long shoots from an evergreen tree

How Mangrove Serves Nonprofit Clients

A spotlight on 5 groundbreaking organizations

November 14, 2023

Nonprofit organizations are at the heart of communities big and small. We use our skills to amplify the good work we see in the world, particularly the work of organizations that aim to amplify the voices and stories of others.

A group of hands placed on top of a tree trunk.

Our B Corp Holiday Gift Picks

A selection of 10 conscious businesses to help you give with purpose

November 14, 2023

What if your gift-giving brought joy to family and friends and made a positive impact this holiday season? We’ve rounded up 10 exceptional B Corps that sell great products and have solid values. Keep on reading to check everyone off your list this holiday season.

Two wrapped presents sitting on top of one another. The bottom present is wrapped in brown kraft paper. The top present is wrapped in green paper.

A Year of Progress and Impact

Highlights From Our 2022 Annual Report

October 23, 2023

In 2022 we reconfirmed the “rightness” of the path we set ourselves on— to operate our organization according to shared principles and a greater purpose beyond just profit.

It was a year that saw us evolve and improve, albeit in different ways than we originally planned. We assessed and prepared for a new business partnership, fine-tuned our co-leadership approach, and enhanced our power distribution to create more balance.

screenshot of 2022 Annual Report home page

Lessons From Our Second B Corp Recertification

We’re proud to be part of this inspirational community

September 15, 2023

Part of what makes the recertification process so meaningful, and challenging, is how rigorously it ensures that businesses prove they care as much about society and the environment as they do about their profits. Simply put, it’s not easy to get recertified. Nor should it be.

Decorative image with exuberant text: Recertification Results July 2023: From 93 to 112!

Website Accessibility and the Law

An overview of North American web accessibility legislation

September 7, 2023

It’s critical to ensure that everyone can use your website; first and foremost, it’s the ethical thing to do. Second, it’s good for business, and finally, it could keep you out of legal trouble. In the fifth and final article in our accessibility series we provide an overview of accessibility legal considerations in the U.S. and Canada.

A digital blueprint drawing of a judge’s gavel on a black background.

How We Team Sourced Our Company Values

We share our process so you can do it too

August 28, 2023

After sharing how we team sourced our company values in a B Corp webinar, we realized that sharing this information might be beneficial to our peers interested in doing the same. Engaging your team in identifying company values isn’t necessarily “easy” work, but it is a straightforward and extremely beneficial exercise.

Multi-colored yarns are loose at one end and woven together to create a beautiful fabric at the other.

5 Strategies for Optimizing your Donation Form

Practical tips to increase accessibility and enhance giving opportunities

June 17, 2024

It’s no secret that a cornerstone page on many nonprofit websites is the donation form. In many cases, donation forms are the primary channel for potential donors, making them a significant giving resource. Ensuring your form is optimized and accessible is one action that could enhance your fundraising efforts. Here, we explore five ways to optimize your donation form to increase giving potential and make it usable by as many visitors as possible.

A computer screen displaying a nonprofit’s donation form

How Mangrove Serves Startups

Dive into our work with 5 visionary organizations

April 8, 2024

Helmed by trendsetters, innovators and industry changemakers, startups bring something fresh to the marketplace—a product or service that can empower groups of people, fill vital gaps, or move industries in a different direction. Authentic branding and efficient websites are critical for their success. We dive into our collaborative work with 5 visionary startups.

A sparkler burning a sunset in the background

How to Use CRM Data to Inform Nonprofit Website Design

Tips to help your organization design a website tailored to your audience

March 26, 2024

Many nonprofits fret about the best way to approach website design without realizing they have an incredible source of information and guidance available—their constituent relationship management systems (CRMs). Here’s a look at some of the ways you can use this information to make more informed web design decisions that appeal to your audience and drive engagement. 

A hand holding a lightbulb in front of a blue and pink background

Championing Accessibility: The Root of Community Building

Our Founder, Maiya Holliday, to speak at upcoming Champions Retreat

March 14, 2024

Accessibility isn’t merely a notion or process at Mangrove—it’s a guiding principle that shapes who we are as an organization. One of the things we cherish most about being a B Corp is the opportunity to discuss business strategy and principles within a community of organizations that share our values. We’re thrilled to attend this year’s B Corp Champions Retreat, including participating in a panel discussion about this critical topic. Here’s a closer look at this exciting opportunity!

Green graphic with orange flowers that reads

How Mangrove Serves Environmental Advocacy Clients

A look at 4 changemaking organizations

March 11, 2024

As the need to tackle climate change and ecological degradation becomes increasingly urgent, the work of environmental advocacy organizations rises in importance. For organizations spearheading transformative environmental initiatives, prioritizing inclusive, user-focused websites and brands can amplify their impact. We explore the distinct needs of these organizations and delve into our work with 4 diverse environmental advocacy clients.

Looking up at the tops of trees and blue sky in a forest

The Power of Storytelling in Major Donor Fundraising: 4 Tips for Nonprofits

Strategies to help your organization connect with new and existing donors

February 8, 2024

If it isn’t already, storytelling should play a major part in your nonprofit organization’s major donor fundraising strategy. Dive into four strategies that will leave your team more likely to connect with donors on an emotional level, leading to improved relationships and higher chances of securing donations.

A group of open books laying flat to show pages of text only

How to Prioritize Digital Accessibility for Your Website Project

Key steps to get internal buy-in for making your website accessible

January 23, 2024

In a digital landscape where every click shapes perceptions and influences decisions, investing in accessibility is a strategic move that can significantly boost your business. Here’s a look at the key steps you can take to build a convincing case for this important and strategic undertaking.

A selective focus of an opened door

Investing in Your Brand During Economic Downturns

Key reasons to invest in your brand during uncertain times and strategies to strengthen it

January 17, 2024

Whether or not there’s a full recession in 2024, one thing is clear—if it’s a possibility for your business, investing in your brand and marketing can be extremely valuable during uncertain times. We explore some of the key ways your business can benefit from investing in your brand in an economic downturn and strategies you can use to strengthen it.

A yellow and black sign with arrows pointing left and right sitting at the end of a road. A mountain and a field are in the background.

How Mangrove Serves Financial Justice Clients

A spotlight on 5 unique organizations and initiatives

January 8, 2024

Whether working directly with investors or serving an education or advocacy role, financial justice organizations have unique branding and web design needs. We dive into those needs and explore the work of 5 members of our financial justice client community.

Outstretched hands holding coins

Making the Business Case for Website Redesign in 2024

Key steps to secure support for revamping your digital presence

December 29, 2023

Updating your website every 2-3 years can help keep it current, on trend, and maintain a positive user experience. Here’s a look at the key steps you can take to build a convincing case for this important and strategic undertaking.

Laptop screen with UX sketches in black and white

How To Make Your Dollar Count This Giving Tuesday

Our list of change-making organizations worthy of your support

November 15, 2023

Giving Tuesday is on November 28. At Mangrove, we get excited about charitable organizations and ways to support them. Our work and connection with nonprofits means we know of some great change-making organizations that would benefit greatly from your support. Here’s our list—in no particular order.

A person’s cupped hands holding long shoots from an evergreen tree

How Mangrove Serves Nonprofit Clients

A spotlight on 5 groundbreaking organizations

November 14, 2023

Nonprofit organizations are at the heart of communities big and small. We use our skills to amplify the good work we see in the world, particularly the work of organizations that aim to amplify the voices and stories of others.

A group of hands placed on top of a tree trunk.

Our B Corp Holiday Gift Picks

A selection of 10 conscious businesses to help you give with purpose

November 14, 2023

What if your gift-giving brought joy to family and friends and made a positive impact this holiday season? We’ve rounded up 10 exceptional B Corps that sell great products and have solid values. Keep on reading to check everyone off your list this holiday season.

Two wrapped presents sitting on top of one another. The bottom present is wrapped in brown kraft paper. The top present is wrapped in green paper.

A Year of Progress and Impact

Highlights From Our 2022 Annual Report

October 23, 2023

In 2022 we reconfirmed the “rightness” of the path we set ourselves on— to operate our organization according to shared principles and a greater purpose beyond just profit.

It was a year that saw us evolve and improve, albeit in different ways than we originally planned. We assessed and prepared for a new business partnership, fine-tuned our co-leadership approach, and enhanced our power distribution to create more balance.

screenshot of 2022 Annual Report home page

Lessons From Our Second B Corp Recertification

We’re proud to be part of this inspirational community

September 15, 2023

Part of what makes the recertification process so meaningful, and challenging, is how rigorously it ensures that businesses prove they care as much about society and the environment as they do about their profits. Simply put, it’s not easy to get recertified. Nor should it be.

Decorative image with exuberant text: Recertification Results July 2023: From 93 to 112!

Website Accessibility and the Law

An overview of North American web accessibility legislation

September 7, 2023

It’s critical to ensure that everyone can use your website; first and foremost, it’s the ethical thing to do. Second, it’s good for business, and finally, it could keep you out of legal trouble. In the fifth and final article in our accessibility series we provide an overview of accessibility legal considerations in the U.S. and Canada.

A digital blueprint drawing of a judge’s gavel on a black background.

How We Team Sourced Our Company Values

We share our process so you can do it too

August 28, 2023

After sharing how we team sourced our company values in a B Corp webinar, we realized that sharing this information might be beneficial to our peers interested in doing the same. Engaging your team in identifying company values isn’t necessarily “easy” work, but it is a straightforward and extremely beneficial exercise.

Multi-colored yarns are loose at one end and woven together to create a beautiful fabric at the other.

How To Get and Give Effective Design Feedback

Practical tactics for a successful collaboration between clients and design agencies

July 31, 2023

The most successful design projects happen with clear communication and collaboration between the design team and the client. At Mangrove, our clients play an integral role in how successful a project is by providing guiding information during discovery sessions and helpful feedback all along the way. The processes we use help us to clearly understand our client’s goals and vision. We know these can be unfamiliar, for new clients especially, so we put together a helpful set of practical tactics and insights on how to get and give effective feedback.

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What Is a Headless Content Management System?

Is this emerging website architecture right for your site build?

May 9, 2023

You’re likely familiar with the term CMS (content management system), a platform with a backend or content repository where editors can create, manage, and optimize digital content. Our beloved WordPress is an example of a CMS. Recently, the demand for a system that houses content and can display it anywhere beyond just a website has exploded. Enter what’s known as a headless CMS.

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Earth Month Musings

Sharing more than beautiful landscapes

April 24, 2023

Earth Day provided us with a humbling lesson this year that is worth sharing with our community. Without much forethought, we planned a photo slideshow to celebrate the “beautiful places that inspire our team to stay committed to sustainability.” And then we realized a glaring blind spot.

View of the Earth at night from space

Creating a Meaningful Impact Report

Tactics to make your next report easier and more engaging

March 16, 2023

At Mangrove, we’ve published an annual impact report since we became B Corp certified in 2016 and have helped many other organizations do the same. Over the years, we’ve discovered tools and tactics that make the process easier and result in a report that stakeholders are more likely to read. We’re sharing our insights here and hope they’ll make your next annual or impact report shine brighter with less effort.

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Big News! Mangrove and Manoverboard Join Forces

1 + 1 = 3

January 18, 2023

Mangrove is starting 2023 with a bang! We are excited to announce that we have formalized an already strong and active partnership with Manoverboard, a fellow B Corp creative agency based in Canada. On January 16, 2023, Mangrove acquired Manoverboard via an equitable and collaborative negotiation that reflects the mutual respect that our two agencies have for one another.

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A Developer’s Thoughts on Recent Updates to Webflow

In which a Mangrove developer geeks out over Webflow improvements

December 14, 2022

Webflow provides a templated, “no-code” development approach that Mangrove often uses for website projects that have a simplified scope or…
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Where to Put Your Dollar This Giving Tuesday

Our list of impactful organizations worthy of your donation

November 23, 2022

Giving Tuesday is on Tuesday, November 29th. Its purpose is to encourage charitable giving following the consumer-centric sale periods of…
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What Our Web Agency Has Learned About Pay Equity

What it is, why it’s a tough topic, and why it’s worth the work

November 7, 2022

Update: Check out our founder Maiya Holliday on the Profit Reimagined podcast discussing Pay Equity Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen…
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Is My Website Ready for a Rebuild?

The care and feeding of your website

August 20, 2022

Has it been a few of years since your website got any love? Has your organization grown or changed its mission? Have you done an accessibility report and checked your site speed? Take a look behind the curtain — we’re sharing the questionnaire we use internally when clients ask if it’s time to rebuild their website.

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Mangrove Web Development’s 2021 Annual Report

What we've accomplished in 2021 and where we're headed

June 9, 2022

As a diverse, female-owned, and certified B Corp web development company, we operate our business based on our values. We’re…
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Two Exciting Honors

IsOurEconomyFair.org is an Awwwards and Anthem Awards nominee

February 11, 2022

Our global Mangrove team is thrilled to announce that IsOurEconomyFair.org, a project of the Take On Wall Street (TOWS) campaign, is an Awwwards nominee and a finalist in the first-annual Anthem Awards.

Anthem Awards

Cultivating a Diverse Web Design and Development Team

Tips and insights from Mangrove's leaders

January 9, 2022

Cultivating and celebrating diversity is a top priority for Mangrove, and as we’ve evolved our business, we’ve worked to formalize our commitments to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

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We’re Supporting Purpose-Driven Organizations this Holiday Season

How and why we pay it forward

December 14, 2021

Each year, Mangrove commits a portion of our time and money to a range of nonprofits that align with our team’s ethos and vision. From pro-bono projects to volunteer hours and financial contributions, we believe in doing what we can to support organizations that make our world a better place.

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Our Agency’s Web Development Process Overview

What it’s like to be our client

December 2, 2021

Welcome to your custom website development experience. We’ve outlined our process and workflow to give you an idea of what it’s like to engage Mangrove as a client.

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The Technical Side of Launching a Website

Know what’s ahead before your site goes live

October 19, 2021

At Mangrove, building websites is a collaborative process. Our team does a lot, but the client and other industry professionals also play an essential role. Knowing what’s involved on the technical side of your site going live will help you prepare for a successful launch.

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Who Is Responsible for Online Privacy?

Online privacy: me or we?

October 4, 2021

We are increasingly aware that online privacy is an illusion in many cases. After a stream of privacy investigations, publicized data breaches, and insider leaks, trust is plummeting and it appears that most efforts from governments and Tech Giants to deliver change have fallen short. The issues involved in online privacy are complicated, and placing responsibility for protecting personal data solely on the individual web visitor is unrealistic and misplaced. The one thing most of us can agree upon is that personal data must be protected. So, as an organization with a website, where does that responsibility land?

Three people are seen from above. They are seated and sharing a computer. Their heads and faces are not visible, but you can see their arms pointing at the computer screen.

How our Agency is Supporting Women in Tech and Beyond

Why it matters

September 21, 2021

As a women-led business, our team is committed to supporting other women in the workforce and within our communities, but the reasons go far beyond old-fashioned feminism. Supporting other women is smart business that has positive ripple effects on our society and our planet.

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How to Budget Your Website Project

A Lengthy Guide

August 18, 2021

“How much will my website cost?” Believe it or not, there is a simple answer that applies in all circumstances. “It depends.” Sorry, but … not sorry. It’s true. At least, it’s true if you want any degree of customization and/or assurance that the job will be done right.

graphic of a triangle with colored text on each side; one side reads duration, one reads scope/customization, and the last reads expense.

Our Website and Visual Brand Gets an Upgrade

Introducing our new logo and website

July 20, 2021

If you haven’t yet noticed, Mangrove has an all-new look and website!  Learn about our process, collaborators, and the experience of rebuilding your own brand and site.

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Why Our Team Offers Summer Hours

We're taking Fridays off this summer!

June 3, 2021

We want to encourage our team members to take a break, spend time with their loved ones, and practice self-care by spending time away from the screen. As a company that strives to put its people first, we feel it’s our responsibility to create this space for our team members to care for themselves as they see fit.

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Mangrove Web Development’s 2020 Annual Report

Despite the rough seas of 2020, we stayed on course with our B Corp commitments and remained anchored to our purpose-driven approach.

May 1, 2021

We are pleased to share that we’ve published our 2020 Annual Report. As we reflect on last year, it’s clear how our values-driven approach to work and work-life made the difference between success and mere survival in a year of “unprecedented” everything. With confidence in our team and our mission, we’ve moved into 2021 with curiosity, resilience and even hope.

Mangrove team on Zoom

Meet this Environmental Nonprofit Preserving Mangroves

Celebrating our Namesake

April 26, 2021

Mangrove trees are pretty amazing. In honor of Earth Month, we’re sharing an interview with Alfredo Quarto, Co-founder and International Program and Policy Director of Mangrove Action Project (MAP), an organization that we are proud to support. MAP’s work aims to boost awareness of the importance of mangroves with hands-on curriculum and community involvement.

Local Papua New Guinea boys in front of Mangrove Trees

Accessibility Considerations Matter in Website Development

Understanding of the coding side of website accessibility

April 14, 2021

When our team talks to clients about website accessibility, we break it down into three categories: content, design and development. In this post, we’ll cover the key considerations from a development perspective. Many elements come into play when we talk about developing for accessibility. There are a range of edits that can be done “under the hood” to ensure the website code properly interacts with screen readers and other assistive technology tools.  
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Tips for Selecting the Perfect Technology Partner for Your Next Website Project

Building Your Business' Voltron

March 17, 2021

Alex Levin is the CEO and Co-Founder at L+R, an award-winning strategy consulting firm and digital design studio. Mangrove often partners with L+R for their design and UX/UI expertise. We invited Alex to offer insight into factors design firms should consider when choosing a technology partner.

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Hack the Hood: A Need-to-Know Nonprofit That’s Diversifying Tech

Creating a Path for Black, Latinx, and Indigenous Communities in Tech

March 4, 2021

Since 2019, Mangrove has proudly supported Oakland, CA-based nonprofit Hack the Hood, an organization that empowers communities of color to succeed in tech careers. We recently had the opportunity to meet Anina Tweed, their Director of Development, and asked her to share more about the organization’s current vision and programs.

Diverse Learners at Hack the Hood

Content Strategy for Purpose-Driven Orgs

Tips from a Trusted Partner

January 5, 2021

Lindsay LaShell, owner of digital marketing company Diamond + Branch, is a trusted partner and valued collaborator. We asked her to share her expert opinion on why content strategy particularly matters to purpose-driven organizations. Here’s what she had to say.

Puzzle Pieces

Content Strategy for Your Website

A tour of Mangrove's process

November 20, 2020

When you get strategic advice for developing your content, your website then becomes a masterful storytelling and conversion tool. Ideally, your website should efficiently guide your visitors to the information they want and convince them to take actions that will engage them more fully with your services or products.

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Designing Websites with Accessibility in Mind

First steps and tips from our team

July 28, 2020

As a group of website designers, developers and content creators, we recognize our responsibility to make our own site, and the sites we create, more accessible for all users. We have also committed to sharing information that will help our peers take steps toward greater accessibility. This post, the third in our 4-part series, aims to do just that.

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Accessibility Considerations Matter When Creating Website Content

What to consider when writing for accessibility.

May 26, 2020

If you want to start to make your site more accessible without a ton of heavy lifting, content is a great place to begin. Many of the key considerations can be addressed quickly and easily without back-end support. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

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Mangrove Web Development’s 2019 Annual Report

Our Annual Benefit Report

April 3, 2020

We are happy to share that our 2019 Annual Report has been published (just a hair past our goal date of March! We’re giving ourselves this win, in light of the whole global pandemic thing.) This report documents our successes in 2019, serves as our annual benefit report for the year, and outlines areas where Mangrove can grow even stronger in 2020.
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Mangrove Web Development’s B Corp Holiday Gift Guide

10 Conscious Companies We Love

December 12, 2019

Holiday shopping is even more fun when you know you’re supporting companies that use business as a force for good. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite B Corps that sell great products and have solid values. Read on to find gift ideas for everyone on your list.

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What Our Web Agency Learned during B Corp Recertification

The BIA 3 years later...

November 8, 2019

We became a B Corp on November 9, 2016. In addition to earning our B Corp status, which was certainly cause to celebrate, it was my sister’s birthday (fun!) ….and, also the day Trump was elected (not fun, not fun at all). It was a day of extremely mixed emotions.

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How Our Web Agency Gives Back

Our (updated) Philanthropic Commitment

October 25, 2019

Over the years, our team has thought in depth about how we can make the greatest impact with our philanthropic dollars. We at various points considered participating in fantastic 1% for the Planet program, but ultimately decided its focus wasn’t broad enough for us. So, we decided to create our own parameters.

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11 Must-Try B Corp Food & Beverage Companies

Top Picks from the Mangrove Team

September 17, 2019

During a recent chat about favorite foods, our team realized how many of our go-to snacks and beverages are produced or distributed by fellow B Corps (with the list of available options growing steadily). Here are ten foodie-friendly companies we love.

healthy salad

3 Key Takeaways from BLD Mountain West

Our Key Takeaways from a B Corp Leadership Conference

August 29, 2019

Last month, one of our content creators, Kelsey, attended the BLD Mountain West event in Denver, CO. Being new to the B Corp world, the event offered the perfect opportunity for her to network and learn alongside B Corp leaders and business execs who are in the process of becoming certified.

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Mangrove Web Development’s 2018 Annual Report

What We’ve Accomplished and Where We’re Headed

July 30, 2019

Our 2018 Annual Report has been released! While the process of creating an annual report is intensive, it's pretty rewarding to document successes from the previous year and set clear goals for the future.

Our Agency Turns 10!

Looking back at the past decade of Mangrove

June 18, 2019

As we wrapped up the month of May at Mangrove, I felt that it wouldn’t be right to pass by our 10 year Mangrove anniversary without taking a moment to celebrate it. My mom might be the only one who reads this entire post, but this exercise in its own right is an important one. It’s always good to make time to celebrate the wins, look ahead, and recommit to where we’re going. Over the last decade, I have been lucky to work with an amazing team, and with many clients that continue to fulfill my original vision of creating websites for good people doing great work. Here’s a peek into the history that made us who we are today.

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Client Spotlight: Beneficial State Foundation

Building the Clean Air Vehicles Program

June 12, 2019

Here at Mangrove, we can proudly say that we believe in what our clients do, and that’s one of the many reasons we love what we do. Today, we’re taking the opportunity to shine the spotlight on Beneficial State Foundation’s (BSF) Clean Vehicle Assistance Program (CVAP). We partnered with BSF to build a customizable WordPress website that shares information about CVAP and the important work they’re doing to support low-income families in California.

A family of four and the daughter holding car keys

The Ripple Effect of Local B Corps

North Tahoe businesses place purpose over profit, and the impact reverberates throughout the community

May 16, 2019

“There are just so many different ways to keep bettering your business,” says Maiya Holliday, founder and CEO of Mangrove Web Development, a Truckee-headquartered but internationally staffed business. “The more businesses that think that way here, the better.”  Read on about Mangrove Web and other local Tahoe-Truckee B Corps in Moonshine Ink.

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Getting Indexed

How to alert search engines of new or re-launched sites

March 22, 2019

Search Engine Optimization — making sure that it’s easy for search engines like google to find your site — is a complicated and ever-changing field that often starts with some basic indexing.  Learn about how to index your site in Google and other search engines so you can be found

 

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Gutenberg Release, aka WP 5.0

What to know about the upcoming changes

November 26, 2018

WordPress 5.0 — aka Gutenberg — will soon be officially released. Gutenberg represents a major change for WordPress and is meant to shift WordPress from being essentially a content management system to being a more robust web development tool. Gutenberg has great potential, but is (at the time of writing this post) very new, and is still being updated almost faster than it can be tested. In our opinion and that of many fellow developers, it is NOT yet stable or usable.  Our team is carefully watching the Gutenberg rollout and how it will impact sites we’ve built or are currently building.

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Client Spotlight: Elemental Excelerator

How EEx helps startups transform communities

November 13, 2018

We’re lucky, here at Mangrove, in that we get to work with some pretty great people. In addition to our team of designers and developers (who are rad), our clients are an amazing bunch. We feel it’s important to take some time to highlight the important work that they are doing, and this month we are shining our spotlight on Elemental Excelerator (EEx). We spoke to their Communications Lead Lauren Tonokawa about the work they are doing to make the world a better place.

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WordPress Security Best Practices

How to keep your site healthy and safe

September 19, 2018

An unfortunate reality these days is that websites are under pretty constant attack from hackers; according to WPBeginner.com, Google blacklists around 70,000 websites each week for different kinds of nefarious online behaviors! Most hackers utilize “brute force attacks” where they try as many different combinations of login credentials as possible to get into a site. Once inside, they might steal valuable client information or mess with your website just because they can. So, what can you do to protect your website and avoid these online pests?

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What is a web host and why does it matter?

Choosing a Hosting Provider

July 10, 2018

When you set out to build your website, one of the initial decisions you’ll have to make is where to host your site. What exactly is a web hosting service? What do they do? What should you look for when choosing your provider? We’re going to answer all those questions right here.

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Tahoe’s B Corps Commit to a Higher Standard

Mangrove featured in Tahoe Quarterly

June 10, 2018

Five companies in Tahoe and Truckee have taken their social and environmental commitment to a new level by formalizing it as part of their corporate structure. Mangrove Web Development, bigtruck, Environmental Incentives, Eagle Protect PBC and the Law Office of Lara Pearson joined the B Corp movement built on the belief that businesses should be a force for good.

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GDPR, Oh my!

What should we be doing?

May 24, 2018

You’ve likely gotten more emails about GDPR lately than you ever thought possible.  It’s a little overwhelming and can be confusing, but don’t stress.  Here’s a quick overview of what it is and what we suggest you do to comply.

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The Green UX Checklist

Consider environmental impact before starting design

April 20, 2018

The best way to make a website green is to consider its environmental impact before starting its design, and to keep it mind throughout the design process. To help you do just that, we’ve compiled a short list of six things we can all do to change the way we design, develop and maintain websites for a more sustainable web.

White text on green background. Green UX Checklist. 1. Reduce images. 2. Optimize videos. 3. Use fewer fonts. 4. Recycle assets. 5. Use green hosting. 6. Use optimization tools.

How Great Agencies Build Websites

A Step By Step Guide for Successful Web Development

March 14, 2018

What is the process for building a website?  What happens when you call an agency? How long does it usually take to get a site up and running? How much creative control will you have? Are you expected to know the difference between CSS and HTML? What is WordPress, anyway?

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Time to Rebuild Your Website?

Signs that you may need a refresh

August 1, 2017

We receive many inquiries asking for advice on how to approach updates to existing websites versus creating a new site. Instead of wasting time & money performing seemingly small fixes that end up taking weeks to complete, a rebuild allows your developer to quickly add upgrades without breaking any previous code. Read on if you’re considering adding any changes to your website in the near future.

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Certified B Corp vs Benefit Corporation

What's the difference?

July 28, 2017

In late 2016, we became a Certified B Corp and shortly after we adopted the Benefit Corporation legal status. That means we are not only third-party certified by the nonprofit B Lab, as a company that has met rigorous environmental and social standards, but we are also legally required to conduct our business in this way.

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Top 4 Takeaways from the B Corp BLD

Participating in the Bay Area Leadership Development Event

May 18, 2017

Maiya and Marie attended their first B Corp Leadership Development, or BLD, at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California. The gathering brought together more than 50 leaders in the Bay Area B Corp community to share best practices and leverage the network of over 200 B Corp Certified companies. With discussion topics in the form of Open Cafes, B Corps discussed building B2B relationships, collaborative marketing efforts, and participants presented environmentally and socially responsible products made by fellow B Corps. Here are some great takeaways from our first BLD.

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Client Spotlight: Law Office of Helen Lawrence

Holistic Immigration Representation

March 24, 2017

Helen Lawrence, Bonita Gutierrez, and Gabriela Monico are the trio that make up the Lawrence practice. They offer deportation defense and representation in affirmative immigration processes to the Bay Area’s diverse immigrant population. The practice directly represents families and individuals before immigration courts and agencies, managing over 175 open cases at any given time. Providing low-cost legal services in English, Spanish, and Portuguese is just one aspect of the support the firm extends to immigrants seeking accessible and effective legal representation.

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Client Spotlight: World Trust

Breaking Barriers for a More Equitable Future

February 15, 2017

World Trust is a leading organization in social justice. They work with clients to address systemic racism and unconscious bias, by creating workshops, films, and a robust curriculum that gives people the tools to learn and evolve. Mangrove Web has worked with them to create an online presence for their groundbreaking materials.

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When to Ask for Website Content Creation Help

a pathway to good website copy

November 16, 2016

Here’s the thing: Working with professional writers to develop your website content is almost always a great idea. We especially recommend this for clients who don’t have a go-to marketing team at the ready, or in cases where existing content could use a refresh. Most development companies are strictly focused on design and dev. The copy that lives on your site is the client’s domain, so the web team can focus on aesthetic and functionality.

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Our Web Development Agency is becoming a B Corp!

here’s why

August 31, 2016

Mangrove Web is in the process of becoming a B Corporation, also known as a certified B Corp. We are feeling pretty pumped about it. Once we’re certified, our B Corp status will help further solidify our commitment that as a for-profit tech company, we can do a lot of good.

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Mangrove Web is Going Remote

Why our web agency team works independently

June 29, 2016

Mangrove is made up of people who love to work hard. We also love our ability to work remotely and independently, which affords us the freedom to travel, live in interesting places, and work on the schedules that best support our lives.

Some might see the distances that separate us as a tough challenge to overcome. But our geographically diverse team is actually something we consider a strength.

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The case for custom WordPress websites

Bloated themes aren’t a shortcut

June 7, 2016

We’re passionate about building beautiful, professionally designed websites. This means that we create customized websites, so the backend of your site is specific to your needs. This also means that we don’t use pre-existing WordPress themes, and this comes as a surprise to some. To the non-developer, a generic theme can look like a lifesaver, but for our clients, we maintain that themes are more trouble than they’re worth. For functional websites that look great and are easy to update, custom is the way to go. 

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Why we truly love WordPress

CMS Review Part 1

January 13, 2016

One of our focus areas when building websites for clients is not only how the end user will experience the site, but how our clients will be able to manage the backend and have a tool that serves their ongoing needs. We rely on a few different Content Management Systems (CMSs) to provide this backend infrastructure, and choose the platform according to client needs. But what are all of these systems and why do we choose one over the other? We begin by explaining WordPress.

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Squarespace: Is it right for you?

CMS Review Part 2

January 5, 2016

When building websites for clients, we focus on how the end user will experience the site, and how our clients will be able to manage the backend and have a tool that serves their ongoing needs. We rely on a few different Content Management Systems (CMSs) to provide this backend infrastructure, and choose the platform specifically according to clients needs. But what are all of these systems and why do we choose one over the other? We discussed the benefits of WordPress in a previous post. Here, we explain Squarespace.

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