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Parish Church Websites

Think, explore and develop a more effective Parish Church Web Mission and Ministry Strategy Welcome to those thinking about or wanting to a web presence for a Parish Church. Perhaps you are as few as twenty or as big as a

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Parish Church Websites

Think, explore and develop a more effective Parish Church Web Mission and Ministry Strategy Welcome to those thinking about or wanting to a web presence for a Parish Church. Perhaps you are as few as twenty or as big as a

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About Me

This is about me. Firstly I am a worshiping Anglican and a professional web designer. As such this stuff is how I make a living. The information provided here is to help you. I am happy to answer the odd

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About Me

This is about me. Firstly I am a worshiping Anglican and a professional web designer. As such this stuff is how I make a living. The information provided here is to help you. I am happy to answer the odd

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Hello. This form is almost certainly your most effective way of making contact with me. Please feel free to use this form. Sometimes I am immediately responsive, and other times it may take a couple of days, so please be a bit patient

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Hello. This form is almost certainly your most effective way of making contact with me. Please feel free to use this form. Sometimes I am immediately responsive, and other times it may take a couple of days, so please be a bit patient

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Do we need a Website?

There are a many reasons why you desire a website, Each Parish will have different reasons for having a website. I have included some of the reasons here. There are many other explanations, some of the reasons here may not apply or

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Do we need a Website?

There are a many reasons why you desire a website, Each Parish will have different reasons for having a website. I have included some of the reasons here. There are many other explanations, some of the reasons here may not apply or

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Liturgical Year

Church Year – Seasons

There has it seems since the New Testament a sense of rhythm to the worshipping life. In acts we read of the faithful meeting together on the first day of the week for the breaking of the bread. The early Christians

Liturgical Year

Church Year – Seasons

There has it seems since the New Testament a sense of rhythm to the worshipping life. In acts we read of the faithful meeting together on the first day of the week for the breaking of the bread. The early Christians

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[I’m New] Button

One idea I recently came across  was the ‘I’m New’ button. The concept is that somewhere on your front page there will be a button that says I’m New. This links to a page which has information for people who are new to

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[I’m New] Button

One idea I recently came across  was the ‘I’m New’ button. The concept is that somewhere on your front page there will be a button that says I’m New. This links to a page which has information for people who are new to

ACCRose

Anglican Graphics

As a web person, with some clients who are Anglican parishes or groups, I often need graphics which are not always easy to find in good resolution to using on websites. I either use a sub-ordinary image (not often) or

ACCRose

Anglican Graphics

As a web person, with some clients who are Anglican parishes or groups, I often need graphics which are not always easy to find in good resolution to using on websites. I either use a sub-ordinary image (not often) or

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Reasons to be Webless

There are a number of reason that have been provided by people who do not want a website for their parish church. This is a brief summary of the things I have heard. None of our people use computers. No-one has the

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Reasons to be Webless

There are a number of reason that have been provided by people who do not want a website for their parish church. This is a brief summary of the things I have heard. None of our people use computers. No-one has the

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How good is our Website?

The old rule still holds, if it is worth doing, it is worth doing well. Sadly, some parish websites deliver a less than adequate reflection and that ultimately reflects poorly on the message they have to convey. Thankfully there are

ContentDesign

How good is our Website?

The old rule still holds, if it is worth doing, it is worth doing well. Sadly, some parish websites deliver a less than adequate reflection and that ultimately reflects poorly on the message they have to convey. Thankfully there are

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Home Page

The page you see when you visit a domain will be the landing page, usually referred to as the home page. From a web standpoint the home page is the most important page on your site, visitors and search engines

HWCommunity Church

Home Page

The page you see when you visit a domain will be the landing page, usually referred to as the home page. From a web standpoint the home page is the most important page on your site, visitors and search engines

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SEO – The Black Art

Search Engine Optimisation, affectionately referred to as SEO is often treated as the black art, and there are rumours of secrets and tags, and near Gnostic adoration of those who can unlock the secrets. For the average Parish Church I

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SEO – The Black Art

Search Engine Optimisation, affectionately referred to as SEO is often treated as the black art, and there are rumours of secrets and tags, and near Gnostic adoration of those who can unlock the secrets. For the average Parish Church I

ChurchTasks

The Church’s Tasks

Our tasks fall into 6 basic areas. Worship, Teaching, Mission, Care, Community and Admin. A site can play a role in these six areas. For many the website starts as advertising, however it becomes part of our ministry and mission,

ChurchTasks

The Church’s Tasks

Our tasks fall into 6 basic areas. Worship, Teaching, Mission, Care, Community and Admin. A site can play a role in these six areas. For many the website starts as advertising, however it becomes part of our ministry and mission,

Private

Members Only Pages

I have raised in the article The Pew Sheet – and other publications  the question about things handed out in public worship being public. I acknowledge that for many the idea of the World Wide Web seems more public than those

Private

Members Only Pages

I have raised in the article The Pew Sheet – and other publications  the question about things handed out in public worship being public. I acknowledge that for many the idea of the World Wide Web seems more public than those

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Favicon

Favicon may seem like a strange word, however it refers to ‘favorite icon’, and no, that does not mean Rublev’s Trinity or Our Lady of Vladimir. When you bookmark a site, or save it as a favourite, so you can

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Favicon

Favicon may seem like a strange word, however it refers to ‘favorite icon’, and no, that does not mean Rublev’s Trinity or Our Lady of Vladimir. When you bookmark a site, or save it as a favourite, so you can

RolesAndUsers

Roles and Users

There are four roles that you can assign to people: Administrator, Editor, Author, and Contributor.

An administrator has control of a site, and can do everything. This person has power over posts/pages, comments, settings,

RolesAndUsers

Roles and Users

There are four roles that you can assign to people: Administrator, Editor, Author, and Contributor.

An administrator has control of a site, and can do everything. This person has power over posts/pages, comments, settings,

Security

Security Issues

Security is always a big issue, however whilst there is a bit of trouble very occasionally,  for the most part the target value of a parish website is not large. Most real issues are already covered for the most part if you

Security

Security Issues

Security is always a big issue, however whilst there is a bit of trouble very occasionally,  for the most part the target value of a parish website is not large. Most real issues are already covered for the most part if you

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Copyright

There is no doubt the Internet has enabled a flagrant abuse of intellectual property rights in grand scale. We support play fair and we do recognise work done by others. We know we are a people of a new covenant, we still maintain

Cpoyright

Copyright

There is no doubt the Internet has enabled a flagrant abuse of intellectual property rights in grand scale. We support play fair and we do recognise work done by others. We know we are a people of a new covenant, we still maintain

Authentic

Authenticity

The authenticity of what you present is crucial. If you are a conservative traditional church, your website should reflect that. That way people know what they are getting, if you are a contemporary family centred church

Authentic

Authenticity

The authenticity of what you present is crucial. If you are a conservative traditional church, your website should reflect that. That way people know what they are getting, if you are a contemporary family centred church

ILovePossibilities

Lots of other Possibilities

There are limitless possibilities of what you might do with the web in terms of promoting the Good news of the Kingdom. Some things tried have been found to work well, undoubtedly all of them could work better. If you try

ILovePossibilities

Lots of other Possibilities

There are limitless possibilities of what you might do with the web in terms of promoting the Good news of the Kingdom. Some things tried have been found to work well, undoubtedly all of them could work better. If you try

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Glossary

On several sites I have deployed a glossary. I thought it was an excellent idea at the time and put quite some effort into it. We do use a lot of words in our Churches that people do not always know the meaning

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Glossary

On several sites I have deployed a glossary. I thought it was an excellent idea at the time and put quite some effort into it. We do use a lot of words in our Churches that people do not always know the meaning

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Bible Study

On one Parish web project we have been experimenting with the idea of an online Bible Study, where we have a passage, a reflection, a picture, and some think questions and a small prayer to help people reflect of a

Bible

Bible Study

On one Parish web project we have been experimenting with the idea of an online Bible Study, where we have a passage, a reflection, a picture, and some think questions and a small prayer to help people reflect of a

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Sermons

Many Parish Websites publish all or some of the sermons from the Sunday Liturgy. There are several ways of going about this.

Perhaps the most common method is to present them in writing as a downloadable PDF.

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Sermons

Many Parish Websites publish all or some of the sermons from the Sunday Liturgy. There are several ways of going about this.

Perhaps the most common method is to present them in writing as a downloadable PDF.

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Scripture – WordPress

For those who use WordPress self hosted there is a plug-in called Scrtipturizer. This plugin once installed needs setting up with a selection from a list of available translations (I was looking for N.R.S.V. which was there,

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Scripture – WordPress

For those who use WordPress self hosted there is a plug-in called Scrtipturizer. This plugin once installed needs setting up with a selection from a list of available translations (I was looking for N.R.S.V. which was there,

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Biblical Citations

The Oremus Bible Browser is a great tool for those using the N.R.S.V. http://bible.oremus.org Once you search for a passage at the bottom there is a make quick link button. This will give you the code to place as a

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Biblical Citations

The Oremus Bible Browser is a great tool for those using the N.R.S.V. http://bible.oremus.org Once you search for a passage at the bottom there is a make quick link button. This will give you the code to place as a

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Keep it Fresh

If your website has the same information it had on it last Easter, there will be an expectation that there is nothing new to read here. Search Engines will evaluate your site in the same way, and refreshing your page

FreshApple

Keep it Fresh

If your website has the same information it had on it last Easter, there will be an expectation that there is nothing new to read here. Search Engines will evaluate your site in the same way, and refreshing your page

Prayer

Prayer

For at least one parish project where they have a very strength tradition of prayer it was felt there was a need to provide various prayers for people to use. This was both artistic and positive and we provided the

Prayer

Prayer

For at least one parish project where they have a very strength tradition of prayer it was felt there was a need to provide various prayers for people to use. This was both artistic and positive and we provided the

Contact

Contact Page

There should always be a contact page so that people are given the option to take action now. This should have any information that is not in the contact box that appears on every page, and it should include a

Contact

Contact Page

There should always be a contact page so that people are given the option to take action now. This should have any information that is not in the contact box that appears on every page, and it should include a

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Clergy and other Photos

Photos of clergy are useful on a website as they introduce people visiting the website to the clergy, so that when they meet them in person, they have already seen their photo so they know they are talking to the

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Clergy and other Photos

Photos of clergy are useful on a website as they introduce people visiting the website to the clergy, so that when they meet them in person, they have already seen their photo so they know they are talking to the

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Hatch Match & Dispatch

There is no doubt the major life events have been times when we have met people, and often these have been fertile meetings and people have known a little of a God who loves them. It is true that this does not always translate

Sacrament

Hatch Match & Dispatch

There is no doubt the major life events have been times when we have met people, and often these have been fertile meetings and people have known a little of a God who loves them. It is true that this does not always translate

Pewsheet

Pew Sheet, & Publications

There is no doubt that most parishes produce much in the way of paperwork, and the pew sheet, (almost always officially called something else and referred to by everyone as the pew-sheet) is and has been an effective tool. It

Pewsheet

Pew Sheet, & Publications

There is no doubt that most parishes produce much in the way of paperwork, and the pew sheet, (almost always officially called something else and referred to by everyone as the pew-sheet) is and has been an effective tool. It

Calendar

Calendar/Parish Diary

Most churches have a parish diary or calendar. Sometimes the diary is just assumed which means new people have to work it out. We are concerned with the eternal yet the temporal is important. Much of parish life is around

Calendar

Calendar/Parish Diary

Most churches have a parish diary or calendar. Sometimes the diary is just assumed which means new people have to work it out. We are concerned with the eternal yet the temporal is important. Much of parish life is around

Facebook

Facebook Alone?

There is a question of having only a Facebook page and no Parish Website. This may seem attractive to some, however there are a number of limitations it terms of what you can and cannot achieve. Facebook is more deliberately

Facebook

Facebook Alone?

There is a question of having only a Facebook page and no Parish Website. This may seem attractive to some, however there are a number of limitations it terms of what you can and cannot achieve. Facebook is more deliberately

SocialMedia

Facebook and Social Media

If Facebook was a country it would be the third largest. Only India and China have bigger populations than the Facebook user count. I assume that 99.999% of what is on Facebook is trivial, the balance has been a part in the change the

SocialMedia

Facebook and Social Media

If Facebook was a country it would be the third largest. Only India and China have bigger populations than the Facebook user count. I assume that 99.999% of what is on Facebook is trivial, the balance has been a part in the change the

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Speed

We live in a world that wants to do everything immediately. You should make some effort to ensure that your pages load in reasonable time. The most important part of this will be sorting images so that load well. There

Spped

Speed

We live in a world that wants to do everything immediately. You should make some effort to ensure that your pages load in reasonable time. The most important part of this will be sorting images so that load well. There

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The Passive Tense

Typically theology makes use of abstract concepts and we regularly make use of the passive tense. This kind of writing does not fare well in terms of search engine gauging readability. We need to use short sentences, fewer four syllable

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The Passive Tense

Typically theology makes use of abstract concepts and we regularly make use of the passive tense. This kind of writing does not fare well in terms of search engine gauging readability. We need to use short sentences, fewer four syllable

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Pictures and Images

The need to transmit text in real-time led to the invention of the web. It has become a very graphical environment. It is a long time since I saw a monochrome monitor. Colour and design, graphics, photographs and other images

Picture

Pictures and Images

The need to transmit text in real-time led to the invention of the web. It has become a very graphical environment. It is a long time since I saw a monochrome monitor. Colour and design, graphics, photographs and other images

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Mobile Phones

In the good old days people used phones to talk, however now we use them for everything else (but), text, email, Facebook, photography, banking and web searches. As it seems that the push to mobile connections is advancing and it

SmartPhone

Mobile Phones

In the good old days people used phones to talk, however now we use them for everything else (but), text, email, Facebook, photography, banking and web searches. As it seems that the push to mobile connections is advancing and it

Tools

Other Content Tools

There is any number of other helpful content presentation tools. One of them is a tabs module, and this can make it easy to have content on a page easily divided into a number of areas to allow people access to it

Tools

Other Content Tools

There is any number of other helpful content presentation tools. One of them is a tabs module, and this can make it easy to have content on a page easily divided into a number of areas to allow people access to it

Compass

Navigation

This is an area that has changed. Before the advent of mobile devices as internet browsers it was very easy to use a navigation menu on a left or right sidebar. The mobile device has changed this. The rendering of

Compass

Navigation

This is an area that has changed. Before the advent of mobile devices as internet browsers it was very easy to use a navigation menu on a left or right sidebar. The mobile device has changed this. The rendering of

Map

Map

It is a good idea to set your Church up on Google Maps. Google will then label your Church on the map. You should more importantly use the embed code to place the map on your site somewhere, probably with

Map

Map

It is a good idea to set your Church up on Google Maps. Google will then label your Church on the map. You should more importantly use the embed code to place the map on your site somewhere, probably with

ContactInfo

Contact Information

Something that is important is how make contact with the parish. The visitor to your website maybe looking for assistance right now, or want to know a little bit more than is on the website. It is very important that we

ContactInfo

Contact Information

Something that is important is how make contact with the parish. The visitor to your website maybe looking for assistance right now, or want to know a little bit more than is on the website. It is very important that we

WordPress

WordPress /.com

WordPress comes in two basic ways. WordPress.com is a free hosted service, and you can have a website there [a name you choose] .wordpress.com for free. Some limitations include you can not use any theme (or you own custom theme), scripts, calendars,

WordPress

WordPress /.com

WordPress comes in two basic ways. WordPress.com is a free hosted service, and you can have a website there [a name you choose] .wordpress.com for free. Some limitations include you can not use any theme (or you own custom theme), scripts, calendars,

WebTechnology

Web Technology

There are a number of ways of producing a website. The early method of generating html pages and then uploading them to a web server is still possible, however it is not the most useful option for a Parish. It

WebTechnology

Web Technology

There are a number of ways of producing a website. The early method of generating html pages and then uploading them to a web server is still possible, however it is not the most useful option for a Parish. It

Themes and Plugins

Themes Plugins Training

WordPress is very easy to talk about and there are many things you can pretty much straight  out of the box. Often that is a good place to start. This site is a WordPress.com site (free site) using the Twenty

Themes and Plugins

Themes Plugins Training

WordPress is very easy to talk about and there are many things you can pretty much straight  out of the box. Often that is a good place to start. This site is a WordPress.com site (free site) using the Twenty