Heal Your Church WebSite

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

August 9, 2007
by meandean
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George Orwell: 12 blogging tips

According to George Orwell, a scrupulous blogger, in every sentence they write, should ask if their words and images attain their site’s conversion goals. If not, then perhaps there are some instances of Spurgeon-esque church-speak and/or kitschy imagery and cliches getting in your reader’s way. Continue reading

July 5, 2007
by meandean
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What to do when your homepage becomes an 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 review a graphically and technically impressive church website that is more an entertaining art project than effective ministry tool. Continue reading

July 3, 2007
by meandean
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How to test your site across multiple browsers

Before you write a single line of HTML, before you render curved menu tabs using CSS, before you Flashinate your users with slideshows … remember one thing: unless you’re designing a church website for a bunch of over-clocked, Mac-inspired, graphic artists then your users’ browsing platform, configuration and/usage isn’t the same as yours. Probably not even close.

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June 25, 2007
by meandean
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Note to Dr. Nielsen – quality is everyone’s job

Today’s Alertbox entitled ‘Should Designers and Developers Do Usability?’ Jakob Nielsen asserts “Having a specialized usability person is best, but smaller design teams can still benefit when designers do their own user testing and other usability work.” Hmmm … how do I disagree with thee, let me count the ways … modus ponens style: Continue reading

June 14, 2007
by meandean
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10 blogging mistakes pastors & laypersons should avoid

Scenario – church uber geek gets the pastor all hooked-up with Wordpress with Google Analytics. No long afterwards, pastor begins to pontificate like Spurgeon (or at least Phil Johnson). After a month, both geek-boy and the pastor are shocked to find out that the site averages 0.75 visits a day, with a bounce rate of 95%. What happened? Continue reading

June 13, 2007
by meandean
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Conversion Goals part ‘Duex’ – 1st impressions count!

It is vitally important that the first contact someone has with our church is a positive one. Andy Stanley says it this way, “Your sermon starts in the parking lot.” As more and more people begin their search for a church by looking online, the “sermon” could very well start with your church’s Web site. When I look at your church’s Web site, I can immediately tell you a lot about your church, your values, your mentality, your approach, and whether or not I’d want to be a part. Continue reading

June 12, 2007
by meandean
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Nielsen Translated: the Web still rocks like it’s 1999!

10 years ago, I wrote an article on the changes in Web usability from 1994 to 1997. A few of my original findings were no longer valid a mere 3 years after they were issued. But most of the 1994 guidelines held true in 1997 — and they’re still correct today. Considering how primitive websites were in 1994, it’s striking that most of these initial usability guidelines remain valid for today’s sites. Continue reading