maybe-H.T.T. is a little behind on the web. But I have gone to this church. and it is a good one. But besides this I dont think anyone needs to be judgeing any church that belongs to God. And if you are so worried about this church or any other about not having a better web site. maybe you should be praying that God will send them someone to work in that minstry. You may not know the whole story.
Ahhh, nothing yells spiritual abuse like the out-of-context screed “touch not God’s annointed!”
Back when I did the review, the site sported a grainy-sand-colored 1998 look and feel with some rather bloated images and not much in the way of substance. However, in spite of “katelan’s” ad hominem attacks, I thought it might be interesting to go back and see if the site has heeded any of my healing advice. Much to my delight, the site has made some dramatic improvements! There is now copious compelling content, the navigation makes sense, the pictures are relevant and the site has taken on a more personal touch in the information that is conveyed. KUDOS! Now if I could get them to change 3 more things.
- Put your graphics on a diet (optimize your image sizes). The front page is humongous and takes forever to load. This isn’t good as many seekers will think the site is timing-out (or grow impatient) when visiting for the first time.
- Modify your <title> tags to include the name, city and state of your church – for example Harvest Time Tabernacle in Fort Smith, AR. Why? Because this is the key search element for most search engines – and this is how people seek church web sites. Make it easy for them to do so.
- Your old front page was located at “index.htm,” your new one at “index.html“. As a courtesy to their bookmarks and to various search engines that might still have you listed that way, I would suggest creating an index.htm file which includes a simple meta-tag refresh/redirect to the new page. Otherwise, your users get a rather ubiquitous 404 error message.
As for you, “katelan” – I’m not sure what they’re teaching you over at Oral Roberts University – but when you send me a message, understand three things.
- My critiques are not a criticism of the church or its members, just the effectiveness of their website.
- It gives me great joy when churches take my advice and improve their websites. I am thrilled to see HTT has improved. Whether or not my critique was a factor is irrelevant. The point here is put the Body’s best foot forward.
- I track the IP addresses of all comments posted on my site i.e. 184.108.40.206. So you may be better served to leave us your full name, a url or an email address so we can discuss things rationally and intelligently.