Follow these steps
Set yourself up for success with Open Y by planning, previewing and collaborating with a partner that can help you transform the code into an amazing online experience.
Step 1: Plan for it
Open Y is a very powerful tool, however, “free” is not a synonym for “easy.” Be prepared to invest time, energy and other resources to arrive at your desired digital vision.
Define Your Needs
Before jumping into a project to revamp your website with Open Y features, it’s important to have a sense of your goals and whether you’re ready for Open Y.
For a successful launch with Open Y, it’s best to have:
- Website requirements established
- Support from your Ys leadership and Board to move to Open Y
- Budget allocated for a website redesign
Gather Your Team
To successfully use the Open Y platform, we encourage you to involve:
- Content owners and subject-matter experts
- A team member or volunteer who can lead the process and launch of a new website
- External partner(s) for Open Y implementation, hosting and/or maintenance
Step 2: Try it out
You’re encouraged to try Open Y before spending money on hosting or customizations. That way, you can understand how Open Y might meet your needs before investing resources.
- Changing the homepage
- Creating a blog post
- Adding some location pages
Tutorials & Sample Content
Open Y comes with sample content to help you see how to create and edit your site content. The Open Y video tutorials are a good starting point for people unfamiliar with Drupal 8, including this one on how to install Open Y.
If you need help installing, migrating to or using Open Y, consider engaging a partner already familiar with the platform.
Whether you’re interested in learning more as you evaluate, or are already using Open Y and are ready to share your code or modules with the community, there’s a way to get involved at a variety of levels.
Step 3: Get the platform
Because of how powerful and feature-rich Open Y is, it can be difficult to maintain without access to technical resources. A partner can bring you through the process based on your needs and budget.
Connecting with a partner is suggested
If you are a small association or single Y location, you are strongly encouraged to work with a partner. Some partners specialize in managing Open Y projects for smaller Ys.
The Open Y team is working with Y-USA to help build a platform to make it easier for Ys with smaller budgets to use Open Y. If this sounds like you, contact Y-USA to let them know you have limited resources and are interested in future options to be on Open Y.
Are you a web developer?
If yes, or if you have experience working with code—install Open Y to get started. Getting the platform includes downloading a web application that must be installed on a properly configured web server that has Linux/Windows, Apache, MySQL and PHP. Once you (or your web developer) have downloaded Open Y, you are free to start using it.