The IAAP Web Community isn’t your typical website. Read below to find out how the Web Community differs from a traditional website, how it might benefit your chapter and what you need to do to get your chapter started.
What are the advantages of hosting my chapter’s site on the IAAP Web Community?
- The web community makes for a seamless online experience for your members when interacting with IAAP headquarters and your chapter’s site. They already have access to the International level of the web community. With a separate site, your members go to two different locations to get all the information they need; one for Chapter information and one for International info (and potentially three, if your Division isn’t a part of the community).
- With a web community site, the features within the community are fully open to your chapter. You can create unlimited eGroups for your chapter members but also for committees. For example, your board can have its own private, invitation-only eGroup to discuss issues, share files and even conduct business. You’ve also got access to unlimited resource libraries, where you can store and share newsletters and other chapter materials. Once placed in a library, those materials are searchable by only your members or you can elect to share them with all IAAP members. There are other tools as well, such as form creation, which you can use for polling or for meeting rsvp information, for example.
- You can create both a “public face” to attract new members and a private area for your members.
- Your chapter’s site will also be listed on the Web Community’s Chapter Locator. Currently all chapters are listed on the www.iaap-hq.org locator but only sites that belong to the Web Community are listed on its chapter map.
How much does it cost?
For a chapter to host its website on the IAAP Web Community, there is a $300 annual charge, which can also be paid at a rate of $150 every six months if the chapter would prefer.
Also, any chapter that meets Chapter of Excellence requirements is eligible for a $150 credit that can be applied toward the Web Community. IAAP headquarters can confirm whether or not your chapter is eligible.
We would like to get started. What do we do next?
Fill out the IAAP Web Community Sign-Up Form to let headquarters know your chapter would like to host its site on the Web Community. Once the form has been submitted, you will be contacted within 3 business days for additional information. Once the site’s basic skeleton has been built, you will be sent full instructions on how to get started adding content to the site.