Most people, when you talk about wanting a website, want their website to be the most popular thing out there. They strive to have traffic, to have people checking their site daily—even if they never or rarely change their site.
One of the things that is important for you to do if you want a church website is to figure out its purpose. Before contacting someone to host it or develop it you need to figure out its purpose and what is realistic.
The Postcard Site
If you do not intend to update it frequently—or at all—it’s best for you to consider you site like a post card, or an ad in the yellow pages. It’s not going to be something people are going to check daily, but something people who are looking for a church may find and be able to read more about your church.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s important to have a church website. It’s a great way for people to find out where you’re located, what you believe, and to see what events you have going on. It’s a great way to have a message presented, and can even bring people in better than that phone book advertisement.
But if you’re expecting your church’s website to be a hub of activity, with a lot of website traffic and lots of users, you best realize that you’re thinking and entirely different animal.
One of the biggest decisions to make when creating a church website is figuring out who will be doing the updating.
Joe, The Web Developer
Joe has a great set of skills. He knows how to write code, can fix problems that the site my have, and he may even be able to give you a good idea on what system to set up and how much you should be paying.
The problem with Joe is that he’s a web developer. He may not know everything that’s going on in the church well enough ahead of time. He may not be gifted in language, and he may not posses a gift when it comes to design.
For him, you want to plan to get and keep him involved by providing him with all the data he needs—preferably written by someone with that gift, and you need to tell him when to have it up and when to take it down. He’s probably reliable, but don’t overtask him.
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