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What makes a good community website?

A good local community website is a valuable resource to villages and towns that want to share important information and hyperlocal news with fellow residents.

Some people think of their local community website a bit like an online noticeboard, but village websites can be so much more, and have the ability to enhance the community spirit of your local area. Here are some things community websites do to make them a success.

Local Community Website Ideas

Publicise Events

Charity fundraisers, petitions, walking clubs, you name it, you can tell everyone about it on your community website. Never will you ever miss out on attending the pub's beer festival, be unprepared for the local fireworks display or forget you to exchange your book at the mobile library.

Write Local News articles

When are the bins next being collected? What happened to the injured swan from the local pond? Who will repair all the potholes? All this and more could be answered in your local news section of your community website, and anyone can contribute content.

Teach about Local History

There will be many residents with a tale or two to tell about the history of a place and just require platform to keep this knowledge alive. Dust off the black and white photos and teach the next generation about what life in the area used to be like.

Connect with neighbours

A chatroom provides an opportunity for villagers to comment on news articles, ask questions and connect with each other.

Showcase local talent

Poetry, photography and paintings from in and around the local area. If your village has got it, then why not flaunt it?

Buy and Sell

An easy local selling tool with no fees, no faff and no Facebook login required.

Lost and Found

House keys found outside the methodist church? Dog lost outside the coop? It's a bit like putting a poster up on a tree, but you don't have to walk anywhere and it won't fly away in the wind.

Support local businesses

Include a business directory of local services and trades, fully searchable and filtered by category.

File Library

Keep all your local documents in a searchable indexable archive, easily accessible by your residents.

ThenMedia can design, build and host your community website at a competitive price. Have a look at our special deals just for communities.

If you're looking for inspiration, here are some of the best local community websites using our platform:

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