Heal Your Church WebSite

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

May 2, 2008
by meandean
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Making a Ready Defense by Planning for Failure

Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. While this aphorism is very worn, it is also very true. Here are some simple things you can do with mysqldump, crontab, tar/gzip and a little contingency planning to insure you don’t lose your sanity when your server crashes upon the shoals of of virtual disaster. Continue reading

April 2, 2008
by meandean
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How to quickly check your error logs for oddities

With more church webmasters taking advantage of free, one-click installs provided by inexpensive web hosting solutions, I figure it is time to provide a quick tutorial on how to harvest useful operational, user and security information the error logs using a variety of commands already at your disposal – free. Continue reading

March 31, 2008
by meandean
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How to avoid high maintenance church website design

For what will it profit a man if his church website is the slickest in the Internet if he has to forfeit a month’s collections just to change the welcome message? If you haven’t guessed by the play on Matthew 16:26 (&/or Mark 8:36, &/or Luke 9:25), or the somewhat wordy “bad church web design poster #006,” the topic of today’s “sermonette” is website maintenance. Continue reading

February 14, 2008
by meandean
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How to block a range of IPs from spamming your church website

Using a blog to manage a website’s content is a flexible and affordable solution more and more churches are employing to effectively present their message online. There is however one drawback – in that some of the open source blogging solutions used as content management on the cheap also tend to attract attention from nere-do-wells who attack the comment and content functions of application such as WordPress and MovableType with robotic floods of advertisements offering anything from enlarging various appendages to curing male baldness all while losing your life’s saving playing poker online. Continue reading