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Use contact cards as church invitation cards and as mini tracts to promote evangelistic websites
ontact cards (ie. invitation cards in business card format) are a good way to share your faith, and have some advantages over tracts: * Small – so you can easily carry a supply at all times (small metal containers for purse, wallet or pocket are widely available). * Culturally acceptable almost anywhere, whereas tracts can be seen as threatening and religious in some circumstances. * Can be personalized with your name, email address and your website URL. * If you don’t have a site of your own, you can use cards which feature any evangelistic site that you feel is appropriate. * Ideal as invitations to local churches.
Usability - the key to helping and keeping site visitors
It is sad but true, that very many websites fall down in the area of usability. Because the site designers knows their sites backwards, they fail to appreciate that a first-time visitor will see things very differently. It’s like visiting a new city as a tourist, rather than being a native dweller!
Accessibility - making sites easy to read and navigate. Accessible navigation for visitors
One hundred years, even thirty years ago, public buildings and churches were built with no thought for people with any disability. Sweeping flights of steps up to an imposing main entrance, more steps inside, no amplification. A lack of easy access excluded many people. Easy accessibility to public buildings is now mandated by legislation in most countries. “Content is what you say, design is how you say it,” says Warren, a web evangelist. Both aspects are a key to the overall accessibility of a website. There are several interlocking aspects which contribute to accessibility.
Christian website design: plan a Christian web site and assess your target audience
People sometimes ask me, “I’m a novice. How do I start to design a website for our church or Internet ministry.” I think most are expecting a crash course in HTML or web-page design. And those can be important considerations. But the most important are nothing to do with technology. I tell people, “The first thing to do is answer two questions: 1. Who’s your target audience? 2. And what’s your purpose?
Book review: Web-Empower Your Church, by Mark Stephenson
Stephenson tell us the story of his own church’s journey, lessons and challenges, as it started on creating and developing a website. If you are a non-techie, you can skip the the technical explanations and concentrate on Mark’s clear explanations for the huge potential for church website ministry, based on the lessons that Ginghamsburg Church have learned.
Free downloa: Seeker Sensitive Church Web Sites. How to reach outsiders using church sites
This significant 10-page booklet explains the principles of using church websites to reach outsiders. Johnson’s strategy is that a church website ‘intrigue the lost’ and start a relationship-building process to draw people into the fellowship where they will begin to understand the full implications of the gospel.
Book review: Homepage Usability: 55 Websites Deconstructed, Nielsen and Tahir
Jakob Nielsen is a leading world expert on how to make websites truly usable, and his Alertbox email newsletter has helped many web designers to understand these issues. This book looks at the mistakes – and good points – of some leading websites. It shows us examples to follow, and faults to avoid.
Book review: Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, Steve Krug, New Riders
This is probably the best book available on how to build usability into a website. ‘Usability’ means: enabling visitors to find what they are looking for, and present it to them in an intuitive way they can easily understand. Few websites implement all Steve’s common-sense recommendations, and lose out as a result. He also provides a vital section on how to use other people to test a website.
Free e-books on using Facebook and fan pages for non-profits, churches etc
Internet marketing company Hubspot are offering a free 30-page PDF e-book explaining how to set up and use Facebook fan pages. Although this is in the context of marketing a company via Facebook, much of the information is very helpful to anyone starting or maintaining a fan page for non-profit, church, ministry or evangelism. Best introduction I’ve seen on the subject.
Building Facebook fan pages for church and ministry using FB markup language
Church 2.0 blog is just starting a 6-part series on designing a Facebook fan page, particularly with churches in mind. This includes using ‘Static FBML’ code to create stunning and individual effects.