Startup Team Working

Which Website Builder Should I Use? Part 2: A Few More Recent Additions

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.

Startup Team Working

Which Website Builder Should I Use? (Part 1)

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.

St. Paul's Cathedral Long Exposure Shot

What the Tech? Digital Ministry Workshop at Super Saturday

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.

Crowd with signs saying "One World, One Family" and "Refugees Welcome: No One Is Illegal". Credit: Ilias Bartolini, Flickr

5 Online Resources For Immigrants and Refugees in Need of Help Right Now

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:

Automate Common Tasks with IFTT

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.

Happy Holidays. Photo by Helgi Halldórsson.

Holiday Specials: Get Your Website Up-To-Date and Up-to-Speed

You are probably deep into preparations for your upcoming holiday services and events. Have you put all that information on your website yet? And is your website ready for the traffic that will come it’s way as people search for Holiday services and make their family plans? If you’re answer isn’t a definitive “yes” to both of these questions, we’re offering two services to help you out.