When it comes to building your church website, knowing when you’re officially ready to launch is key to your success. There’s nothing worse than announcing a big, exciting launch only to reveal a half-finished, poorly working website.
In this digital day and age, you know your church needs a website. Or maybe your church has a website, but it looks like something straight out of the 90's with outdated content and graphics. You don’t just need any website, you need a great, helpful, and updated website. The kind that makes people want to step out of the digital space and into the actual space of your church. No pressure, right?
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If you’ve ever been to any live sporting event, then you know one of the most exciting parts of the experience is the announcement of the starting line up (and the snacks, too… obviously). The lights drop low, the music starts, the spotlight hits the floor, and the players come out one by one. You get a glimpse of the key players on the team—who they are and what strengths they bring. And we consider this blog the same thing. It’s so important to build the right team of people to speak into the design and structure of your website as your building the perfect website for your church (more on how to do that here). This is essential for every church, but especially for those of you who don’t have a church website team already assembled on staff.
Once upon a time churches were on the public square, an integral part of the community. That’s not the case today, and so churches need to work harder to connect with their communities. Here are five simple ways your church can reach your local community:
ATTN: CLOVER CLASSIC USERS -- we have good news to help you upgrade your website! [Note: those already using CS3 can ignore this warning.] Does your website sometimes "go crazy"? Do the menus ever look like the menu in this image? If you're on Clover Classic, it's pretty likely Flash is causing problems for your website viewers and causing problems for search engines, too! Because this issue is dependent on browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer) there's not much that Clover can do about it because there's no way to automatically override the browser settings. But YOU CAN fix it anyhow -- and FOR FREE!
Question: Who do you call when you need help? Well, it usually depends on what kind of help you need. If it’s an emergency, you call 911. If you need advice, you probably call a friend. And if you need a little help with a product or service, you probably call that company directly, right? But then what happens?
Maybe you saw the emails, but we're really excited so we want to make sure you know! We’re announcing a new way to share and promote events on your church website - we call it Clover Events. Whether it's a youth retreat, family picnic day, or any activity, people can now come to your website for new or upcoming information. Clover Events allows you to create a beautiful calendar,feature your special events, sort and search for them -- and display it all on your website in a clear and compelling way. Clover Events makes displaying your events as easy as 1, 2, 3.
This past winter, we released the first new feature for Clover Sites in a while. Have you been using Password Protected pages on your church website? Our developers have only picked up speed from there. They've been coding and testing and staging and we've had a team of you all (our Clover Sites customers) as Beta testers. And guess, what? We have more to announce over the coming weeks! This truly will be the Summer of Clover. We're up to lots of things and we'll have even more updates and improvements! And we're making it easy to win a Clover prize pack or even a free website! Read on to learn more.
When it comes to accessing information online, think about the primary way you do it. What device do you use most often? When you need to find something fast or on the spot, what do you use? If your answer isn’t your phone, we’re shocked! In this day and age, people are using their phones for far more than communication. Phones have become one of the primary tools to access the Internet and find information when it’s needed. With nearly 50% of all web browsing happening on phones and tablets,
Few people work harder than church pastors and leaders. Y'all give your time, energy, and resources (and more) to a great cause. And it’s an incredibly important calling, that’s for sure! But a job leading any kind of ministry can also be difficult and demanding on its leader. When your life’s work is ministry, it’s easy to sacrifice yourself for the sake of other people. And when that happens consistently over time, burnout is inevitable. We love church leaders just like you and we value the work you do so much that we want to do everything we can to help you avoid ministry burnout. The best leaders are healthy leaders.