The Evolution of Church Website Design

We thought they were beautiful, and they were, those first websites we designed for churches. Church leaders loved them, and they especially loved meeting Sunday visitors who told them they had been attracted by their new websites. Those sites popped with arresting images and beautiful color. But they were more …

Recommending Us Can Be Rewarding!

Share your happiness and get rewarded, too: When you recommend Friends of Ministry’s website development services to a church that orders a new website, we’ll send you $50. (If it turns out that more than one person recommended us to our new client, our new client will be asked who …

Terrific Time-Saving Tools for Church Staff

Save time and money with these easy-to-use programs. DASHLANE for Passwords If you have trouble keeping track of passwords — and who doesn’t? — do yourself a BIG favor and get the free version of Dashlane. Dashlane will store your passwords and automatically sign you in every time you revisit any secure …

Vetting Your Webmaster

If you plan to use a staff member or volunteer for website development and/or maintenance, vet that person by asking the following questions: • Do you have high-speed internet access? A fast connection is required for website maintenance. • Does your volunteer/staff member have time to maintain the website? If …

What’s Missing on Your Church Website?

We found some very interesting results in an online survey we put together for a mid-sized church in the Southeast. While the number of people who took time to complete the survey on the church’s website was small, every response was telling. Here’s what the church discovered: • Although 35 …

Who’s Responsible for Your Website’s Security? YOU (too)

Here’s something that may surprise you: If you have a small website (small compared to, say, Amazon.com), your website is more attractive to hackers and may be more likely to be compromised, according to expert web developer Jenni McKinnon. “Smaller, less popular sites are a particularly great option for hackers …

Is Your Website Scaring People?

Has anyone asked you yet why your website is “not secure”? If your website has not been encrypted, it won’t be long before you’re trying to explain that to people who visit your church’s website. The reason: Web browsers (Google, Chrome, et al.) have started posted warnings about all websites …

Does Your Web Calendar Need a Little TLC?

If the events calendar on your website is sluggish, it might be because it’s carrying a lot of extra weight — dozens or even hundreds of pages describing events that have long passed and will never be repeated. In most cases, you can improve the calendar’s performance by getting rid …

Protect Your Church Against Copyright Violations

Do you pick up images for your church website, email, bulletin or flyers from Google? Or do you show movies (and sell tickets) without the permission of the films’ copyright owners? Or do you use music without a license, in Sunday services broadcast to the web? If your church can …