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The Coolest Church WebSite, Ever!

If your church doesn't have a spinning cross on its steeple, then why put one on your site?I love parody. Yes, even church-inspired parody. I even like it when I’m parodied, but only if it’s very well done. Case in point: The First Baptist Church of {unidentified}, one of the coolest of cool church websites. A site created some time ago by webservant Don A. Elbourne, who actually runs a very usable and accessible website for the Lakeshore Baptist Church, Lakeshore, Mississippi.

What makes The First Baptist Church of {unidentified} parody so funny is that every element Don employs on the page represents a topic I’ve written about at one time or another. Here are just a few I could find in the short time between wiping the tears of laughter from my eyes and explaining to my youth pastorno really, this isn’t the way we want to go ….”

Giggles and grins aside, this parody preaches an important point: anything that gets in your user’s way should be crucified.

In fact, about the only things I can think that are missing from this hilariously good example of bad web design are:

How about you? Did you find anything else on top or underneath that someone developing a church website should avoid so they don’t wind up creating ‘The Coolest Church WebSite, Ever!’


  1. I think background music would make the dancing Jesus much more effective.

  2. – Broken picture links… the dreaded Red X box!

    – Love the little working checkboxes at the bottom of the page! In case I get bored reading the content!

    – Missing META’s

    I second the vote for background music… The web needs more MIDI… [grin]


  3. Oh great… we’ve moved into the WWJDT question. (What Would Jesus Dance To?)

    That might yield some interesting answers.

  4. Oh that is flipping hilarious! Thanks for the link.

  5. I thought the site could have used a bigger counter. I believe a good visitor counter should be at least 1/4 of the page width. Also, I saw no flying doves, spinning American flags, rotating crosses or inspiring organ music. With the addition of these last few items it could have been a great site, just a little more work and perfection awaits.

  6. Don’t forget the spellchecker atheism: “Navigation” is spelled with only two ‘a’s.

  7. That is just priceless. Awesome. 🙂

  8. Very funny. Blogworthy, even.

  9. You are doing a great service to mankind (and wommankind) by pointing this one out!

    I was doing research to find some “cool” web sites, and your example hit the jackpot! Woo hoo! All it needs now is a picture of the Church Lady! Seriously, this has to be how Satan plans to take over the world…