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Call for URLs of ministry websites that started with free Blogger

Last week over at blogs4God, I made a call for URLs of church websites that blog. My thanks for all the responses (and cool links).

This week, I’m asking you to email me if your ministry’s website started blogging using the free verison of Blogger or perhaps LiveJournal … then graduated to something else.

I’d like to know what the ministry site eventually moved to, and why.

If it isn’t obvious, I’m putting together an article on ministries, missions and churches that blog. I currently gathering information on how many get their feet wet before diving into the deep end.

Your stories will help.

10 Comments

  1. I’ll just go ahead and tell it here.

    My church planting team was at one point using Blogger. We started with a static site, but moved to Blogger to keep people updated on our progress. We were a church planting team setting off from the town where we went to college, so we wanted to update the people who had given us one-time support. We also had a message board set up at one point, but no one ever used it.

    We eventually switched to Drupal, which I believe was a mistake, as it requires too much custom programming and PHP knowledge to get it to do anything useful. Also, it seems designed to handle a huge number of articles well, but it’s not good if there’s certain stuff you want everyone to see, because it’s hard to control what content appears where.

    Right now we are using WordPress, which I believe we will stick with for some time because it is GNU GPL and has a strong developer community. We would have switched to MovableType, but I couldn’t get it to run on my linux server (nor could Six Apart after I paid them!), so I started looking elsewhere. WordPress was easy, and anyone can make a custom package of it for (free) redistribution. I think it’s a prime app for another “church website in a box”-type free product. I may work on that one of these days.

    We have a high-tech group of people, but even so, it’s been hard to get people really using the church website (seattlemetrochurch.com) very much. We see it mostly as an important public face for people who want more info about who we are and what we do, without having to take the risk of showing up to something. We’re still working on that.

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  3. We power our site by blogger. The site is still in development; but I think it’s in better shape then most church websites, and I think it’ll be nice once it’s finished. We use blogger because it’s very nice with the current redesign; and simple like our site.

  4. We just started this site and we are using Blogger, for the pages that want content changes, its just so easy! I considered myself a computer geek until I started to read HYCWS, now I understand, I’m a “noob” with a capital N. this linux stuff gets over my head really quick.

  5. I’m working on a site for my church, do you want to know when it is online? I’m going to be using WordPress for its blogging area.

  6. I will be developing my church website (link) with WordPress. I’m currently testing stuff with my personal site (link).
    Wordpress is highly customisable, but then I am a geek so hacking up php is a breeze. However – WordPress does support ‘plugins’, so features above the norm can be programmed by the brave, and implemented by copying a file into a folder and turning it ‘on’.

  7. Hi, when you posted your question about churches that blog, did you post the resulting links anywhere? I’ve trawled your site but haven’t found it. Just asking because we’re thinking about incorporating a blog into our church website and I’m keen to see examples of how it’s been applied.

    Regards,

    Paul

  8. Hey Dean, I’m with Baggas – could you compile a link to the churches that are using blogs? I’d also like to see how they are using them and show them to my pastors.

    PS I’ve got this hosted else where so you shouldn’t have problems emailing me.