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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

What do you look for in a church web site?

We are about 10 days or so from re-launching our church website; www.episcopalians.info. As I am adjusting the design and contents I'd like to know: what things do you really like to see in a church site and what things turn you off.

Thanks!
Steve +

2 Comments:

Blogger King of Peace said...

I do have strong opinions on this. I think:

Thou shalt be unique. There is no church exactly like yours. Make sure your website reflects your uniqueness.

Thou shalt be up to date. Obviously outdated websites frustrate visitors who want good information quick.

Thou shalt be consistent. The entire site should have a consistent look and feel. Use the same color palatte and type styles throughout. Use the church’s logo (which ever church should have) consistently. If you do not have a logo, get one or at least set the church name in a distinctive font and use that consistently throughout the website.

Thou shalt be quick. The home page should load in 30 seconds or less. The quicker the better.

But these are just my opinions...they're not written in stone or anything.

peace,
Frank+
The Rev. Frank Logue, Vicar
King of Peace Episcopal Church
http://kingofpeace.blogspot.com

9:43 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Hi Steve:

I'm actually helping do some redesign for my own church's website right now so I can offer a few helpful hints.

Make it crisp and clear, not cluttered. Simple colors - bold, but not hard to read. Put worship times and a link to a map on how to get there on the homepage! If I am a modern-day worshipper, I will find a church via the web, and I will likely go to one that tells me what I, as a potential parishioner, wants to know up front, i.e. when to worship. Then put a bunch of links on the homepage to the other church website pages, like your activities, programs, vestry, etc. Don't put all that on the front page, it gets too cluttered. Make it easily navigable, with clear links back to the home page on every page. Also include a way for someone to contact the church. Too much text = bad. People like to see pictures of (a) the church inside and out, (b) the people who go there, (c) the clergy and staff, and (d) all of the above engaged in worship and other activities.

Above all, make it crisp! I said that already but it cannot be restated enough.

-R

11:49 AM  

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