Church Web Design
In the past, purchasing cloud hosting space to manage a website was considered an expenditure relegated to larger businesses that had an ample budget. Nowadays, in this age-of-technology, where websites are more of a necessity than a luxury, the price of web hosting has reduced substantially. There are many different things to consider when purchasing a web host, but the first thing to understand: what actually is a web host? Essentially, websites are built from webpages that are viewed by people on the Internet all over the world.
Church website design is similar in many respects to any other type of website design. The standard procedure for building a website involves looking at the available tools and seeing how much of the process has already been done for you, and how much it will cost to start from scratch instead. For example, if one were building a site for a car wash, you might check to see if there are car wash website templates available, minimizing the amount of design work needed to be done. The process is identical for church websites, the only difference being that many, many more tools are readily available and easily implemented.
Choosing the right web hosting provider for your church website is kind of like choosing an auto mechanic for your car. Most will provide the same services, most will do it at a fair price, but sometimes if you have a foreign car, you find it’s worth your while to go to a specialist.
Like podcasting, the process of broadcasting sermons online is really just a matter of choosing a streaming service and plugging the code snippet into your website. We’ve talked before on this blog about embedding audio and video on your site. Doing so is very simple, and a good way to get your message out, especially those that can’t attend your services every week. However, it is also possible to stream your sermons live (both audio and video) for church members who may not be able to attend due to lack of mobility, health, or other concerns. A live sermon is a great way to replicate the Church experience for those unable to attend.
Church budgets are one of the aspects of running an organization that does not come naturally, or may be one of those tasks that someone becomes quite daunting and overwhelming. But never fear! Despite diminishing budgets that have become all too common for churches of any size, making a budget is a great way to maximize the resources your community does have without having to sacrifice much-needed essentials. There are a few factors to keep in mind when crafting your budget that can really help to stretch the dollars you have.
First of all, what exactly is a podcast? Simply put, it’s like a subscription to a magazine, only instead of issues delivered to your house each month, it’s an audio file of some sort delivered to your computer or mobile device on a set schedule. The most common use for churches is to podcast weekly… Read More »
When it comes to having a church website, many pastors and church IT directors are wary of the potential costs of such an endeavor. It is true that online expenses can be sizable (though often the benefit of accessibility and convenience outweighs this cost). However, church web hosting should not be looked at as a… Read More »
Times have changed in every single field and industry due to the pervasiveness of the Internet. It really has informed and affected the way that we do our business on a day-to-day basis, no matter what that business may be. There was a time, not too long ago, that a church or community could pass… Read More »
Oftentimes, it’s the worry about the complexity of websites that prevents church administrators from even trying to create a website the first place. Despite leaps forward in usability and ease-of-use that have been introduced in the past ten years, many people (especially those that were around before these changes became commonplace) remember the pages of hypertext markup language (HTML) code and proprietary programs from a simpler time in web development. HTML is still the language of the web; all websites remain comprised of HTML (and some other facets). However, what is much simpler in this day and age is creating websites without writing any HTML at all, even for a small church without an IT budget.
Many churches experience the same problem when it comes to keeping their pre-teen or teenage members involved in church activities once they begin to grow out their parents’ influence and start making decisions for themselves. It’s easy to keep young children engaged in church. Songs, and the communal nature of worship are a easy for… Read More »