October 24, 2016. Detailing Your Website: (Update. The church sited in this story reworked it's calendar page to reflect the current month of November (not August) ten days after this story was published. Still, what is written below is of great importance) How much time do you have on your hands? Hopefully, you have a little. Let me tell you why. It seems simple enough. Your organization wants to get into the website game. First, you think up a domain or the address that folks will remember and type into the address of their internet browser. Then, presto, there is your website! Secondly, this organization in creating a new website will start looking into the kind of programs offered to create the code that makes a website sing. Many will go to www.godaddy.com and sign up for a web deal. i mean, you get the domain and a website program (most likely Wordpress) and, after a few hours of work, you are in the game. Does this sound familiar? It should, because that is the way thousands of folks go about it. So, what's the problem? Many follow this exact procedure or something that closely resembles it. However, the biggest problem is that most never work out a design and strategy that takes into account site maintenance. I'm not referring to nuts and bolts maintenance of the hosted server. No, I'm referring to something more basic. Who is going to keep the website content updated and fresh? And, what is a sound strategy to making that possibility painless, effective and efficient.
St. John's United Church of Christ
I don't know about you, but, this church would probably slip further down my list of visitation especially since there is another congregation of the same denomination in town. There is. And, they also have a website! The question that would nag me? Does lack of attention spill over to lay leadership and staff? Does anyone in this church visit the website at least once a month. If only for the fun of it? Learning is by observing. So, a visit once in awhile sure wouldn't hurt. To check the St. John's United Church of Christ website out, tap the link above the image. Then, tell me what you think? Use the Send Mail tab at the top of this page. I don't use a comment section. Too bothersome. Plus, most comment engines use spam blocker (confirmation requirement) that is not accessible to those using a screenreader.