Happy New Year! We hope that 2020 has gotten off to a great start for you and your ministry! We are excited to hear about all of the goals and plans that you have for growth and engagement.
As a social media manager, you’re more than likely getting ready to schedule out this week’s social media posts for your church, and are already picturing the comments you’re going to get from a select few people. You can almost guarantee Mr. Smith will have something negative to say and Mrs. Jones won’t say a single thing online but will tell you all of her opinions next Sunday. So, what are you going to do about it? The bigger question is, how does knowing what the types of people who interact with you on social media affect your content and interactions? Does it change anything at all? We think it should.
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We wrote a post (quite a while ago!) about the idea of Section-based Editing. It makes it way easier for you to edit and control the look and feel of your website. If you checked it out when we first launched, it's time to check it out again. Since that initial launch, we decided to take a step back and make things EVEN more simpler (bad grammar to show emphasis). We've made it much better. But you get all the benefits! The New Section-Based Design:
First and foremost, this announcement is for those of you who are still using Clover Classic! You know who you are! :) And we're here to help! This new version of Clover Sites gives you an even better set of features. Have you seen the quick intro video? It only takes 60 seconds and it'll change your website for the better!
Last week, we wrote a blog post about how you can use 3rd party solutions to create some beautiful forms on your website and the reaction was great! That's why we thought today it would be helpful to do something similar for calendars. Like with forms, Clover Sites 3 currently doesn’t have a built-in calendar feature and there isn't a timeline on when that feature might be added. However, there are a lot of great calendar resources that integrate really well with Clover Sites 3 and we wanted to take a look at how some of these solutions can help keep your visitors up to date on what your ministry is up to!
We’ve heard a lot of questions about how to use forms with Clover Sites 3, and we thought this would be a good opportunity to talk about that feature. It’s no secret that the new version of Clover Sites doesn’t have built-in forms, and at this point, we don’t yet have a timeline on when that feature might be added. What we do have, however, are some really great ways we’ve seen our customers implement forms on their site using 3rd party solutions.
We wanted to start the new year highlighting an organization that has done more than just create a beautiful website. Ministries Without Borders is a charity that travels to nations all over the world - including Cuba, Nepal and the Philippines - to provide disaster relief, medical aid, feeding programs, water irrigation and education to those in need. The work they're doing around the world is inspiring and we definitely recommend that you take a second to read, listen to or watch some of the stories they've collected on their website.
It takes a pretty impressive website to make the entire Customer Relations team gather around one monitor to check it out together. This week we did exactly that with Lighthouse Church's beautiful site. There's a consistency to their website that makes it feel sleek and modern without losing that welcoming feeling a church website should give you. All of their pages are short and to the point, delivering their message in a very straightforward and convenient way.
It's always so cool to see you guys take one of our designs and really make it your own, like Mosaic Community Church did with their new website. Taking advantage of our Solstice design's spacious layout, they were able to create a welcoming site that invites you right in. Everything is really organized, so even though there is a lot of content on their pages you never feel overwhelmed and their use of whitespace gives their site a very open feeling. We especially love how consistent they kept things by using repeating colors, fonts and themes across their pages. And the way they used our Donation buttons for their call to actions was a really nice touch.
We’ve received a bunch of calls lately from customers who are wondering when the deadline is to switch from the “Classic” version of Clover Sites to CS3 for free. Just to be as clear as possible: there is no deadline! If you purchased our previous website solution (now called “Clover Sites Classic”) before July 14th, 2015, you'll be able to switch to CS3 for free whenever you want down the road.