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The First Question To Ask Before Developing A New Church Website

“Who is going to maintain it?”

If you can't answer that question, don't proceed.

Why?

  • You'll frustrate the web developer as they put hours into creating a site that is out of date from the moment it goes live.
  • You'll frustrate and confuse visitors with content that's out of date.

So, the steps are as follows:

  1. Identify the person who will maintain the website.
  2. Develop the website.
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7 Comments

  1. Andrew Vella

    November 25, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I wish I could send this brief article to pretty much everyone who has ever asked me to make them a website.

  2. Andrew K

    November 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Oh, and make sure that the person is *reliable*!

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  4. Charles Specht

    November 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    True!  A website not maintained is as relevant as last year’s newspaper.

  5. Lei Liang

    November 28, 2011 at 9:56 am

    What are your views on responsibility of pastors and ministry leaders for content contribution? 

    Like a printed bulletin or an announcements in services, I tend to think the church website is simply another  channel for communication to both the congregation and visitors. Therefore, it make sense for everyone involved in the church to contribute to the website content, not just one person.

    There’re obviously some challenges with this approach but does anyone have any recommendations on a good structure/process which ensures the website is kept up to date?

  6. Steven Kryger

    November 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Good question. Perhaps a simple solution is for one person who knows how to edit the website, to email the staff/key members every Monday morning to ask what updates should take place.

  7. iMinistries

    March 2, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Lei,

    This is an excellent requirement for a church website. Something that we (http://www.iministries.org) have built right into our Church Website CMS.

    We feel that having staff members, as well as volunteers, active in the process is super helpful. No one really understands the burden that a website manager has if they are all by themselves. When using our system, you can give certain admins limited power, like only having the ability to submit content, as well as being over a specific area of the church website, like a specific Ministry.

    Then, to make sure items actually get posted to the website, we have an area that specific Admins have access to. It acts as a centralized collection area whereby they can edit and/or publish the submitted items.

    Travis

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