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    Best Practices! - Entries from May 2010

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    FriFridayMayMay28th2010 Harvest Bible Chapel - Brampton
    byTravis Hickox Tagged Portfolio 0 comments Add comment
    Harvest Bible Chapel in Brampton, Ontario has been a customer for over a year and just upgraded their church website from a free skin to one of our new premium skins (they choose Malta).

    By choosing a Premium skin, we added Harvest Brampton's logo and linked the skin's social media icons to their desired destination.



    Harvest Brampton's Jameson Evendon, Worship Ministry Coordinator explains why they changed skins and what makes iMinistries stand out among other church CMS.

    Why did you want to re-skin your site?
    "A church's website is an important part of their profile with visitors and potential visitors, as well as regular attenders. Harvest Brampton has been on the map for less than a year, so we want to take extra care with our website to be sure we are communicating clearly and effectively with our community. Our website was functional, but it was very plain looking, and didn't communicate effectively what our church was like. We elected to re-skin our site in order to give visitors to our site a more accurate portrayal of what our church was like, and to make our website one which you would want to come back to."

    Why did you chose to go with iMinistries' Premium skins? Why Malta in particular?
    "We wanted a skin that not many other websites were using. Upon researching other Harvest Bible Chapel websites, we discovered that they were all using a similar template. At first we thought it might be better for us to use the same template, but when we learned that there was a new skin available, we were intrigued. When we saw the Malta skin, we loved it right away. It was the perfect mix of color and readability, and it brought our site that unique look."

    What was your reaction to seeing the new site with the new skin?
    "When it came up with all our graphics in place, it looked great! It was leaps ahead from our last website skin. I probably visited the site a dozen times a day for the first few days, just to look at it. We loved it."

    How would you describe iMinistries' customer service?

    "I was impressed at how accessible iMinistries' customer service is. It's easy to get a hold of someone for a troubleshooting issue, and any e-mails or Basecamp messages are replied to very quickly. We were also impressed at how iMinistries went the extra mile to have a look around our site for potential improvements and brought those to our attention, in order to better serve our people. It could have been a cold install of a new skin, but instead they showed they really care about their customers."

    "I was impressed at how accessible iMinistries' customer service is ... they really care about their customers."
    Harvest Brampton's Jameson Evendon
    MonMondayMayMay24th2010 Is Your Homepage Attractive? Part 2: Adding Thumbnails
    byTravis Hickox Tagged Church Design 0 comments Add comment

    2. Thumbnails

    If you are not adding thumbnails to the content that you post on your church website, you are missing a step that is a total game changer for how your website looks. I don't want to say that this is the most common thing people miss, but it is a big one. Check out the difference between our previous blog entry and the one below. They have the exact same pieces of information in them but this one has thumbnails.



    Thumbnails make your content "pop" off the page. The images break up the chunks of text so your homepage is more pleasing to the eye. They also give a visual representation to your content that your users can more easily identify with. Pictures speak a thousand words, remember?

    Free Trial

    We believe the best way to describe our tools is for you to try them out yourself. We offer a 15-day free trial account which will give you a few days to use all of the features available to our paying clients. There's no risk and no obligation. Who knows, you might even enjoy the new control you have over your very own website.

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    OTHER RESOURCES ON THUMBNAILS

    How to add a thumbnail – iMinistries Support Video
    Free thumbnails – iMinistries Resources
    MonMondayMayMay17th2010 Free Church Website Design - Joppa
    byTravis Hickox Tagged Church Template 0 comments Add comment
    "In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha ... who was always doing good and helping the poor. About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. ... Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, 'Tabitha, get up.' She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called the believers and the widows and presented her to them alive. This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord." (Acts 9:36-42)

    In the background of the header for this skin, blurry spots of light sharpen into focus. This effect reminded us of when Peter brought Tabitha back to life in Acts, so we named this skin Joppa, in tribute to the place where this early church miracle occurred.

    We hope a website with this skin will help you proclaim the Good News to your community just as Peter did in Joppa.

    SKIN FEATURES

    • Social media links in top tool bar
    • Custom header featuring your logo and description
    • Rotating banners, designed by us
    • Right column highlights
    • Customizable menu
    • Search bar

    HOME PAGE

    • Latest News
    • Latest Events
    • Recent blog posts

    EXPLORE A WEBSITE USING JOPPA DARK >>

    EXPLORE A WEBSITE USING JOPPA LIGHT >>

    MonMondayMayMay10th2010 Is Your Homepage Attractive? Part 1: Content
    byTravis Hickox Tagged Church Design 0 comments Add comment
    As we've said before, having a great website is more than just fancy images and flashy bells and whistles. The same goes for having an attractive homepage. So how can you make your church website's homepage more attractive to its visitors? Follow us step-by-step through this five part series.

    1. Content

    Being visually appealing can make or break your website, but the real killer is your written content and how often it changes. While graphics can either pull people in or turn them away from your church website, how can anyone ever find you if Google, Bing, or Yahoo never visit you because there is no information for them to consume? And how will you keep people coming back if there is no information for them to consume?

    You need written content on your website's homepage that is dynamic, always up-to-date, and is constantly-changing. Adding the News, Events, or even Blog Widgets to your homepage will make a dramatic difference in how your website looks, both to visitors and search engines.


    In the example above, you can see that there are two news items, two events, and a latest blog entry from this website. This is an excellent start, especially because the content shows on the home page by a dynamic feed, or what we call the News, Events, and Blog Widget. Any time that there is a new item added to the News, Events, or Blogs Administration panel, they will update the home page.

    Free Trial

    We believe the best way to describe our tools is for you to try them out yourself. We offer a 15-day free trial account which will give you a few days to use all of the features available to our paying clients. There's no risk and no obligation. Who knows, you might even enjoy the new control you have over your very own website.

    Create Your Free Trial Account
    FriFridayMayMay7th2010 Harvest Bible Chapel - Denver
    byTravis Hickox Tagged Portfolio 0 comments Add comment
    Harvest Bible Chapel Denver has now been planted and they too selected the iMinistries powerful church content management system to run their website. We won't clutter up this blog post with our thoughts for we think this quote says it all. Thank you Jeff! May the Lord bless Harvest Bible Chapel Denver in ways that prove that it is not man who does the work, but Jesus Christ!

    Travis, David, and iMinistries team,

    Thank you so much for your dedication, time, and effort of building a great site for our church. Your artistic abilities, timeliness, competitive pricing, and comprehensive approach were first class all the way.

    Working with iMinistries was a tremendous blessing. A functional and sharp website is very important and yet most of us do not have the expertise or the language to describe exactly what we want. During this project, everyone on staff took the time to help me understand the process and made me feel like my project was of the utmost importance. The entire staff worked very promptly to get our website completed and beyond our expectations.

    Having worked with other web designers in the past who use their level of expertise to overcharge, procrastinate, and make you feel inferior, I was nervous about this project. To my great delight I found working with the staff a great encouragement. I would highly recommend iMinistries to anyone who desires affordable web pricing, a great design, a personable staff, a high level of expertise, a system that is easy to learn and adapt, and a group of people who truly love the Lord and desire to use their gifts to serve Him.

    I look forward to staying connected with all of you and appreciate all you have done to help us launch Harvest Bible Chapel Denver!

    God’s richest blessings,
    Jeff
    MonMondayMayMay3rd2010 Free Church Website Design - Antioch
    byTravis Hickox Tagged Church Template 0 comments Add comment
    "The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch."
    (Acts 11:26)

    We decided to name this skin after the first place the first followers of Christ were called "Christians." Originally called Gomez, Antioch is the first premium skin we created and offered, so we think the name fits.

    SKIN FEATURES

    • Quick Links drop down
    • Custom header banners featuring your logo
    • Right column highlights
    • Customizable menu
    • Search bar

    HOME PAGE

    • Rotating ads
    • About Our Church section
    • Latest News
    • Latest Events

    EXPLORE A WEBSITE USING ANTIOCH >>