For attendees of my Oct. 9 workshop “Crying in the Cyber Wilderness,” as part of the 41st Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida, here are the links to other resources:
Church Web Site Design: Assessing and Improving your Web Site to Reach Outsiders – This Internet Evangelism Day article assesses the usability, design, and readability of your Web site. It also evaluates other important factors, such as your Web site’s ability to be found in search engines and encourage repeat visitors.
Is Your Church Web Site Useful? – Lauren Hunter’s blog interview with Brandon Steiger, founder of a Web site development firm for non-profits, discusses the top issues that congregations face in creating effective Web sites and building a Web site with your congregation’s needs in mind.
Fifty of the Best Church Web Site Designs – Vandelay Design’s gallery features links to 50 of the best congregational Web site designs, along with sample layouts and methods that can be applied to your congregation’s Web site.
Book: “Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability” – Steve Krug’s book discusses easy navigation, home page layouts, and other factors that influence your Web site’s usability by focusing on users’ thought patterns when visiting Web sites.
A Little Church Web Site Discipline – eGrace Creative founder Brandon Cox, a freelance web designer, highlights the top mistakes congregations make when designing and implementing Web sites.
Five Key Principles of an Effective Web Ministry – This article from November 2008’s Christian Computing magazine describes how to create a memorable and engaging Web site that will connect your volunteers and members and encourage involvement.
A church can use simple blog software:
MultiSocial Media.com: The Twitter Survival Guide, among other resources:
“The Social Media Guide at “www.mashable.com: has lots of how-to and explainer articles about all social networking sites.
The New Connectivity: How Internet Innovations Are Changing the Way We Do Church