As much as I’d love to live and work in Raleigh, N.C., I wouldn’t mind a business trip to New York right about now. I’m thinking some place, perhaps 100 miles or so north of the City where though past its peak, some of the pastel colors of Spring flowers may still be visible against trees just now beginning to spread their leaves.
Too bad such bucolic images aren’t reflected by the website of a church located in such a place, the Clintondale Friends Christian Church of Clintondale, NY.
Both the the underlying source and at the picture of the congregation on the church’s front page paint an image of a friendly church that may not be populated with pews full of usability minded geeks.
The site is generated using WordPerfect 9 and is hosted on the personal webspace of the pastor. The current layout and design is reminiscent of something we might see from the early days of the web where it wasn’t important how you said it, just so long as you had a web presence.
Even Quicker Healing
I heard on the news the other day where no one has yet claimed a 213 million dollar lottery prize. My wife and I fantasized what we would do with an obscenely large amount money. One of my first dreams would be to set up scholarships for some of my more deserving Sunday school students. Another would be to set up an organization that goes about helping churches and charities improve their online image.
The Clintondale Friends Christian Church (CFCC) could benefit from such benevolence. However, until such time that God blesses me with a billion bucks, I’m constrained to only offer advice … and/or suggest that perhaps one of you help these good folks along in the following way:
- Purchase a domain name, something like clintondalefriends.org;
- sit down and enumerate (on paper) all the ways CFCC is unique;
- build/map an information architecture (on paper) that expresses the unique purpose and personality of the CFCC
- subscribe the CFCC to any one of the many turnkey hosted content management solutions offered to churches these days. Some that come to mind are:
- purchase the webmaster a hard-copy version of the Web Style Guide by Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horton.
Why the turnkey, hosted solution? Because at least to me, it appears that this already busy pastor is also burdened with the task of being the webmaster. So rather than saddle him with a technology he has to master, spend the same amount of money you would with MovableType or ExpressionEngine
make him master of a technology that is set-up to serve him … or as Vincent Flanders aptly put it yesterday:
“I like the article ‘Why Content Management Fails‘ because we get so wrapped up in the tools that we forget it’s really about people. On the other hand, if you’re a one-person shop (like me), you have to be wrapped up in the tools because you’re the one who has to write the content and run the software.” – Vincent Flanders, 17 May 04
Have another like-minded turnkey CMS solution that doesn’t doom pastors to the seventh level of programming purgatory? Well don’t be stingy, share your wealth of knowledge with the rest of us in the form of a comment.