Joined: 14 Jun 2005
|Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:28 am Post subject:
|Hey why didn't anyone tell me I forgot to post the webmaster newsletter.
Here it is...
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Hello OurChurch.Com webmasters,
While some organizations are just getting their first website, most churches, schools, ministries, and businesses have a website - some for quite a while. In fact many are looking quite dated or were experimental to begin with.
OurChurch.Com's theme in February is Website Redesign Month. We are focusing our efforts on helping organizations make an honest assessment of the design of their websites, and talking about ways to improve the look, layout, and navigation of websites.
So, read on to learn more about the website critiques we're doing, how you can get a custom designed site with no upfront cost, and how you can now edit templates in our NE1 Web Builder. Plus there's another video and a coupon in this issue.
In His Service,
IN THIS ISSUE
1) Get a Custom Designed Site for $0 Up Front
2) Get a Free, Professional Website Critique
3) Blog Update - Web Design Critique: Reese Family Ministries
4) New and Improved Hosting Services
5) Inspirational Video - Stethoscope
6) Editing NE1 Templates
7) New Coupon - Only Available in This Newsletter
1) GET A CUSTOM DESIGNED SITE FOR $0 UP FRONT
Shop around for a new custom designed website, with lots of interactive features, and tools to manage it yourself and you're likely to get quotes for $1,000, $2,000, $3,000 or more. Perhaps you know its time to take your website to the next level, but in this economy you just don't have that kind of money. Now you can. OurChurch.Com can create a custom website for your church, school, business or ministry with no up front costs. Find out how.
2) GET A FREE, PROFESSIONAL WEBSITE CRITIQUE
OurChurch.Com is providing free, professional website critiques this month in an effort to help Christian organizations improve the quality of their websites. You can read the critiques in our Christian Web Trends Blog (http://blog.ourchurch.com), and request a critique of your website in our forums.
3) BLOG ROUND-UP - WEB DESIGN CRITIQUE: REESE FAMILY MINISTRIES
This week, instead of reviewing websites prior to critiquing them, I decided to pick one at random. I landed on the entry for Reese Family Ministries.
The few things that caught my attention right off the bat were the beautiful picture and the music that started. I have to say I’m a bit biased because I happen to love the group that performs that song.
One thing I did not see is what type of ministry it was. I saw the name of the ministry, which is important, but if I had been a new visitor to the site, I wouldn’t know if your ministry was for me or not.
Other recent articles:
- Web Design Critique: Hungry Heart Ministries
- Web Design Critique: Calvary Baptist Church
- 7 New Year’s Resolutions for your Website
4) NEW AND IMPROVED HOSTING SERVICES
On January 8, we announced a whole slew of new additions and improvements to our hosting services. We renamed the Domain Hosting Package as the Starter Hosting Package. We added disk space and bandwidth to all the hosting packages while reducing prices. We introduced monthly billing and auto-renew options. To learn more about these improvements and others, read the announcement.
5) INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO - STETHOSCOPE
This month instead of being funny, we've got a video that we hope will inspire you. In this video a man finds a stethoscope with unusual capabilities and discovers something about himself.
6) EDITING NE1 TEMPLATES
Earlier this week we added a new Template Editor feature to the NE1 Web Builder. The template editor enables NE1 users to change background, font, and link colors, replace some template images with their own, and customize some text and HTML that was previously fixed in the template. If you missed it, read the full announcement, which also includes a demo video.
7) NEW COUPON - ONLY AVAILABLE IN THIS NEWSLETTER
Click on the coupon below to "claim" it. After claiming the coupon, it will appear in the order form for all of your OCC websites until it expires. It can be used once per site. If you have any problems clicking on the coupon, you can also claim it by going to your order form and entering coupon code redesign.
Thanks for hosting your website at OurChurch.Com. Post your comments and questions concerning this newsletter here in our forums.
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NE1 TIP O' THE MONTH
Most website experts agree organiztions should redesign their website every 2-3 years.
WEBSITE SPOTLIGHT: Currey Creek Baptist Church – http://www.curreycreek.com
Currey Creek Baptist Church is located 35 miles north of San Antonio, TX. OurChurch.Com recently designed a Custom CMS (http://www.ourchurch.com/design/custom-church-cms.php) website for them, which features an animated Flash header. Functionally, the site includes interactive features like a calendar, scrolling news feed, staff directory, and media gallery. The site administrator also has the ability to assign editing rights of different parts of the site to different people. So each staff member and ministry team leader can update their ministry's news and information directly.
- Tripp Publishing Company - http://www.tripppublishingcompany.com
- St. Mary and St. Athanasius - http://www.smsabitburg.com
- First Baptist Church Shady Spring - http://www.firstbaptistss.org
- The Glory Land - http://www.thegloryland.com
Info on PowerPoints Challenge - http://www.ourchurch.com/help/help-powerpoints.php