Heal Your Church WebSite


Teaching, rebuking, correcting & training in righteous web design.

October 28, 2007
by meandean
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A good example of why online video trumps audio podcasts

With a show of hands, who here would rather listen to me podcast my upcoming visit Petra? How many would rather see the Temple of Hercules as online video at blogJordan.com? The answer to this question may explain why podcasting has stagnated while online video content is taking off. Continue reading

October 25, 2007
by meandean
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Pardon my dyslexia sir, but your Arabic is backwards!

You would think with all the World traveling with which I’ve been blessed that I wouldn’t blunder about like such a stupid Yank! Fat chance. Seems that by trusting a Google English to Arabic translation of “blogJordan” gave me all the right letters, in all the wrong order! That’ll teach me to field un-vetted materials – hopefully you as well; without the following entertaining embarrassment: Continue reading

October 18, 2007
by meandean
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Color Inspiration from the Masters of Painting

da Vinci, Picasso, Dali, Monet, van Gogh. what do these five artists have in common? Judicious use of color for one thing. Something I’ve seen often overlooked in a number of church and charity websites – more than one whom seem to think gold lamé and velvet red are the palette of the day. Continue reading

October 15, 2007
by meandean
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How to use gmail aliases to send yourself text notifications

Sending custom SMS text notifications to your cell phone has never been easier – thanks to 2 nifty gmail features. By combining filtering with gmail’s ability to add aliases to your existing gmail account, you can now have notifications of events, reservations, auctions, school closings and anything other text message you can send to your cell phone via email. It’s simple, here’s how: Continue reading

October 10, 2007
by meandean
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Bad church web design poster 0004 – Mission Statements (suck)

Programmer guru Joel Spolsky reminds us that usability tests often demonstrate that very few users read the words you put on screen. Couple this the fact that 1-in-3 users are un-churched, and I’d venture to say that Nielsen is right – just about nobody reads nuthin’. Instead like wild animals, they just hunt it, scan it, and categorize it in their pretty little pumpkin heads and move on. Continue reading

October 8, 2007
by meandean
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10 Things an Effective Church Website can do for You

As I peruse the great cloud of witlessness that is the Body online, I find one of the primary problems afflicting many sites is vision. That is I often find those responsible for delivering the goods don’t really see their site as much more than an online color brochure. As a result, more often than not, very little staff and/or funds are allocated to the church’s web presence past the server, the domain name and perhaps a content management service. Continue reading