A Simplified Guide to Church Website Design: Purpose, Planning, and Presentation

A Simplified Guide to Church Website Design: Purpose, Plan
A Simplified Guide to Church Website Design: Purpose, Plan
A Simplified Guide to Church Website Design: Purpose, Plan
A Simplified Guide to Church Website Design: Purpose, Plan
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If you run a church, work for a church, or attend a church, you've been frustrated with the website at some point. Maybe it's all fixed now. Maybe it's even worse now that everyone's trying to access the site with a mobile device. This ebook teaches ministers, board members, and volunteers all they'll need to know in order to understand what they'll need in a website.

You'll notice the book will not teach you everything you need to know about creating, hosting, and maintaining a church webpage. However, the book lays out why a church needs a site, how it can be built, and the important elements needed to make the site effective.

Think of the book as a study guide for making a good church website. It will help you do it yourself, but it's just as useful to someone looking to hire a web design firm. The book is written from the perspective of a talented freelance web designer frustrated with poorly-executed websites that often cost churches more to maintain per year than a brand-new, modern, mobile-friendly site built by luthernet.org.

Even if you use only a few of the tips and tricks, you'll likely save hours of time and thousands of dollars, since the information is coming from someone who builds professional websites in THREE DAYS. There are some tips for educators, too, but this particular book does focus on churches, church schools, and child care facilities, taking the most time with churches themselves. You can also preview the book more on Kindle, but it's the same file as the one available on TpT, so you choose. I guess this Word Document could be shared with a few more people more easily and printed off, but please respect my copyright.

Lots of pictures for visual learners, too. Use it as a several week unit in a web design or tech ed class.

Table of Contents:
Why Does Our Church Need a Website? 5
Will a Website Make Our Church Grow? 5
But Nobody Has Complained About Our Current Website 6
What Kind of Website Works Best? 7
CMS 7
“Free” or Monthly Fee Sites 8
Volunteer 9
Clunky 10
Some Reasons Why Websites Don’t Work 11
Time Commitment 11
Too Difficult 11
Not a Destination 12
Not Working on All Devices 12
Website Advice From Top to Bottom 13
The Homepage 13
The Favicon 13
Page Title 15
Site Name and Url 16
Meta Tags and Meta Description 16
Logo 18
Menu and Mobile Menu 21
Modern, Mobile-Friendly Design 22
Main Images 24
Main Article 26
Sidebar 27
Footer 28
Editing 28
Other Pages and Add-Ons 29
Using Your Website - Content is King 29
Static Content or Blogs? 30
Login 30
Calendar 31
Contact Information 32
Map 33
Image Gallery 34
Articles 34
Gallery Pages 35
Hosted Galleries 35
Document Sharing 37
Videos 38
Website Content, AGAIN 40
Community Pages 41
Email Newsletters 43
Reader Interaction 43
Embedded Content 44
CMS Updates 46
Major Design Changes 46
Categories 47
Static Content Pages 47
History 47
Location 47
Staff 47
Giving 47
Church / School / Child Care 48
Ministries 48
About 48
Dynamic Content Pages 48
News 48
Media 48
Other Ideas 48
Keep it Going – More Content Ideas 49
Data 50
More Articles and Resources 51
Ten Ways Your Web Guy is Overcharging 51
Newer is not Always Better in Web Design and Technology 54
Government Money Means More Scrutiny 56
Evangelism is NOT Hiding, Resting, or Pretending 57
Beware: Your Church is a Huge Target 58
Ministry Leader Resources - An Annotated List by Lisa Jaeger 60
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A Simplified Guide to Church Website Design: Purpose, Plan
A Simplified Guide to Church Website Design: Purpose, Plan
A Simplified Guide to Church Website Design: Purpose, Plan
A Simplified Guide to Church Website Design: Purpose, Plan