Heal Your Church WebSite

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

April 14, 2008
by meandean

Jakob Nielsen: Four Bad Designs and a 403 error to boot!

What could be more ironic than to receive an email from Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox on the topic of “Bad content, bad links, bad navigation, bad category pages” that links to a page that throws a 403, permission access denied page?-) Fortunately for you, I got screenshots, followed by some commentary on the article once the good folks at UseIt.com realized the error or their ways. Continue reading

December 31, 2007
by meandean

Top 10 Church Website Design Mistakes of 2007

It is the last day of 2007, so like every great media outlet I figured why not go through the archives and come up with a list of those topics that produced the deepest and most memorable mental scars. Below is my list of the top ten mistakes I’ve seen on church websites over the past year. Mistakes I would hope that as a body we would resolve to remedy, though I suspect like most new year’s resolutions are destined for abandonment by about the 14th of February. Continue reading

November 16, 2007
by meandean

Crossing Church’s Maddening Moving Mystery Meat

NOTICE: to all graphic designers doubling as web masters – your church’s website ain’t a stinking art project. If it were, then there would be no need to worry about such mundane things as conversion goals, usability, and accessibility – issues that seem perennially make top 10 web design mistakes lists. Continue reading

October 28, 2007
by meandean

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 8, 2007
by meandean

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