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Protect your WordPress website today with these security features
Church Mag reports an increase in attacks to hack into WordPress-powered sites (which these days are 22+% of new website launches, including many church sites). They recommend urgent action to increase the security of all WordPress.org sites.
How to put an introductory video on your church homepage
People expect video shorts. If well-made, these can communicate a lot in two or three minutes. They are ideal for the homepage of a church site. Making a video short is not rocket science, and you'll find a lot of help at Trinity Digital Media and from the books Professional Web Video, and How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro. Read more...
Don't ask people to reqister for your website.
Web users are very fickle, and will leave your website within seconds for multiple reasons. One major turnoff is asking people to register for things. Avoid designing this into your site unless it is unavoidable.
Use Pinterest as an add-on to your church or ministry website
New kid on the block Pinterest can be very significant in driving traffic to your website. Consider whether a Pinterest page could be part of your overall strategy for church or ministry website.
Getting more visitors to your church or nonprofit site or blog
Practical easy advice to implement on your site or blog. These are not things you need to pay an 'expert' to do, and be very leery of anyone offering guaranteed results or paid-for backlinks (which Google will penalize you for). Do make sure that every page of your site or blog has separate, visible, sharing buttons for the 'Big 4' social networking options: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+, which will share a ready-made well-worded post about that page, to each site.
Jess Ennis: good picture choices tell a story, online or in print
Britain has fallen in love. The object of our affection? Jessica Ennis, UK's heptathlon gold medal winner. Before each Olympic games, UK chooses someone to be 'the face of the Olympics'. Their picture becomes a tangible shorthand that sums up our Olympic team and hopes. Picture choice is vital, both online and offline.
Stop people leaving your website. Ingraphic and testing
Think about it. How many confusing websites do you leave in frustration? Apply the same outsider's eye to your own. Or, much better, test your site with web users of only modest web ability, who do not know your site. This is easy to do and will repay the time and effort a thousand times over.
The must-see digital ministry resource guide for churches
An exciting new resource provides valuable help for churches wanting to use the Web and social media: Internet Toolbox for Churches. "The Internet and social media present today's church with unprecedented opportunities to effectively connect with and reach people," says Dave Hakes. He founded ITC after several years as president of the congregation at his active, Christ-centered and outreach-driven Boston church.
Consider Wordpress for your next web project
If you are considering starting a new website including church site or blog, put WordPress near the top of your list of options. It is a CMS (Content Management System) website creator, and is no longer just a blog tool. Large static websites can be built with it, for example the 1000s of pages of the PowertoChange outreach site. It powers 20-25% of all new websites coming online.
Churches, websites and outreach - audio podcast talk: A Church's Mindset for Outreach
Church websites have huge potential. The Internet Toolbox for Churches offers a regular podcast with vital information on this area. Some podcasts are rather self-indulgent chats with a lot of padding around the content. This one isn't. It is 28 minutes of sheer clarity and practical guidance by David Hakes, so good you'd pay to go to a conference to hear it as a seminar.