Heal Your Church WebSite

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

August 27, 2008
by meandean

A celebration of cruft, the king of kitsch ministries.

The WikiPedia defines ‘cruft’ is computing jargon for code, data, or software of poor quality and ‘kitsch’ as art that is considered an inferior, tasteless copy of an existing style. The Celebrations Of The King Ministries in Loma Linda, CA provides a website that is both. The only real question being, what % is kitsch, and what % is cruft – as the design of the this church website seems to take its queue from the Hamster Dance school of design, circa 1998. Continue reading

August 25, 2008
by meandean

Don’t turn your front page into a splash page

What does it profit your church or charity’s website to have the most beautiful web pages ever designed if it doesn’t convince people to visit your church, engage in your ministries, or at least inquire for more information? Today I ask that question of the Westwinds Community Church of Jackson, MI – based in part on some advice offered by Cynthia Ware in her post 4 Simple Steps to Improving Your Website.

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August 20, 2008
by meandean

5 ways to save fuel and staff costs by screencasting webinars

One of the more painful big money issues facing churches and charities are upcoming energy costs that will consume more funds once allocated to other endeavors; while forcing some locations to have black-out dates to reduce the high cost of heating a facility during off-hours. Not to mention the rising costs to staff and laypersons to drive to said locations during the week. With such exorbitant expenses in mind, there are many online technologies now available to an ever growing bandwidth-enabled congregations that will allow them to save money by moving mid-week meetings and classes out of bricks-n-mortar places and into the web space. Continue reading

August 15, 2008
by meandean
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A Conference Apart – where Dean gets to meet Zeldman, Meyer & Fried!

You bet I’m stoked! This coming October 13–14, 2008, I’ll get to rub usability elbows with Eric Meyer, Jason Fried, Jeffrey Zeldman, along with several other web standards rock stars at the An Event Apart 2008 conference held at the at the Sheraton Chicago. Continue reading

August 11, 2008
by meandean
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Sky News war reports from Georgia makes case for editorial control

Sky News is reporting that Russia is doing to the entire state of Georgia what Sherman did to the city of Atlanta – in doing so making the case for engaging in editorial controls for online content as this horrible conflict is actually taking place in Eurasian country formerly the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic now simply known as Georgia; and not the U.S. State immediately north of Florida.
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August 1, 2008
by meandean

Dumping Outlook for gMail – how and why

Ever contemplate saying bye-bye to Outlook forever? How about your church volunteers and staff – are they missing important messages because they can’t afford, nor figure out how to synchronize, the latest version on their home machines? Is the portability and price of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions like gMail sound almost too goo to be true? Continue reading