A question I get asked a lot is “which website builder should I use?” To help you decide, we’re going to consider the pros and cons of a few builder types. In this post, we are considering drag-and-drop website builders such as Wix and Squarespace, static site generators like Hugo and Jekyll, and “Headless” Content Management Systems like Contentful and Prismic.io.
A question I get asked a lot is “which website builder should I use?” To help you decide, we’re going to consider the pros and cons of a few builder types. In this first post, we are considering building a website in raw HTML, using a desktop website designer, and using a traditional Content Management System or CMS, like WordPress or ExpressionEngine. Next week, we’ll consider some newer types of website builders, like drag-and-drop platforms such as Wix and Squarespace.
Most people have a little more experience with what’s involved in building a physical structure like a house than they do with building “virtual structures” like websites. So to help explain the components of a website, let’s use the different layers of a house as an analogy.
Digital ministry should support real-world ministry, not be a separate silo competing or running in parallel to it. That means that your digital ministry strategy should look a lot like your real-world ministry strategy: you should be pursuing many of the same goals, trying to reach many of the same people, and attempting to engage them in many of the same ways, just through a different channel.
On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order banning all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days, indefinitely blocking refugees from Syria, and ordering that anyone from 7 Muslim-majority nations be prevented from entering the United States for 90 days. This order appears to affect both new arrivals and those already legally approved to be in the United States who may be abroad temporarily.
If you fall into any of these categories, know that many Americans stand with you and are willing to help. In particular, here are some online resources that may be helpful for you in navigating this new executive order:
If you are responsible for communication strategy at a nonprofit organization, chances are you are pretty stretched for time. If you find yourself struggling to stay on top of all the sites you need to check for updates, social media feeds you need to manage, and general life stuff that somehow has to get done, we think you need to check out this tool: IFTT.
IFTT stands for “If This, Then That,” and that pretty much summarizes what it does. You connect web services through what they call an “applet.” Each applet has a trigger it watches for, such as a new contact being added on your phone. When that trigger happens, IFTT swings into action and the applet performs it’s “then that” portion: perhaps adding the same contact to your Google address book, for example.
After this election, we feel compelled to do more. So Soren is committing to donating 10% of our revenues to charities that support civil rights and equality for all.
To keep your website safe for everyone, you need to establish rules like any institution would. This is not dictatorial, it’s part of living in community.
For churches, nonprofits, and other mission driven organizations considering what platform they should use to create their website, understanding the power of the WordPress community is key to understanding why WordPress is a great choice.
No matter how you approach it, electronic payments technology is changing the way we transfer money, both for commercial and non-comercial reasons. As the industry continues to diversify, a lot of new options and opportunities will continue to emerge for churches and nonprofits to take use this technology to help them facilitate the important work and ministries they engage in daily.