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.
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.
Having a good church website is important as a “digital welcome mat” to attract new visitors. But good church website design is about more than just looks: it should also reflect your identity and vision and invite others to participate in your ministry.
Trello is a fantastic tool for visual planning and collaboration. Use it to plan worship, events, sermons, and other aspects of your ministry.
I have just returned from three weeks of travel, including a week at Iona Abbey in Scotland. You can read some of my reflections on that time here, keep an eye out for more to come. There’s more to come because my time at Iona helped to crystalize a lot of things that have been […]