Why Us

What makes us special is that we update your content for you.

We will build your website based on one of our responsive examples, register or transfer your domain name, provide the hosting for your website, register your site with Bing and Google search engines, update the site from information that you provide us, remove dated information when required, provide you with email capabilities and support your website for you.

Notice what we do and what you do.  You provide us with information; we do all the website work.  However, you or anyone that you designate can still update pages or the calendar when desired. You are given access to the back end of the website. Any updates that you do are not counted as one of ours.

With our basic free site plan which gives you a free website and ten monthly updates, the cost is less than one parishioner giving $8.00 per week.  That’s right, if you can get one visitor to the website to start coming to church and they put $8.00 in the offering plate each week, they will more than pay for your $360.00 yearly cost. Remember: there is no setup cost, just the first month’s fee.

Every church needs a website! Period.

To find out about a church, most people now access the web to get the information that they need.  They will attempt to access the site from a search page with either their computer, tablet or smart phone.  A site that can display properly on all of these devices is called responsive. The website has to have the church name, address, contact information, worship times and new visitor information. If there is no website or the site doesn’t display properly on their device, that church will probably not be visited.  It is considered as bad as not having a phone at the church thirty years ago.  Churches with no website or an old non-responsive website are losing visitors and don’t even know it.

 I understand the issues.

While learning website development and maintaining my church’s first website, I ran into many difficulties.  It was hard to get things to look the way that I wanted them to look, it would take way to long to get information onto the site, it was hard to remember when to take old information down and I had no help from anyone else in the church because they knew less than I did.

After learning website development and working on our site, I found that using content management systems (CMS) like WordPress or Joomla! to create the site made the site easier to build, much more full featured, easier to maintain and easier to update. The CMS takes care of updating the programming to stay up with security and browser changes. Everything works and keeps on working.

How is information provided to us for updating the site?

You or staff members email us text and images that you want on the site and possibly where on the site that you want it. We will then update the site as soon as possible and return the email notifying you that the information has been updated.

What is considered a page update?

A page update is anytime that a file is opened, changed and saved on the website. Some examples are adding a sermon and link to the sermon page, adding a calendar event or updating some contact info.

Web pages are a collection of files that are displayed together. Sometimes the web page can be one file but quite often, it consists of many separate files that display together. A very simple example is that often times the top of the page normally known as the header is one file, the main body of a page is another file as well as the footer of the page. The page that displays all of the files at once is also another file which contains a command to display he header file, then display the body file which displays an image file and finally display the footer file. Most pages typically require at least five different files. Depending on the content management system used the files are called images, modules, articles, widgets, templates etc…

Most files for a website rarely need changed. Churches usually have very basic updates. Besides adding sermons and calendar events, needs may be changing a picture on the home page, changing staff information, or changing committee information. Another common need is creating a special event page such as a Christmas Eve Service or fundraiser which may require some images so it would require more than one update.

It should be noted that images are also files so if we have to change an image size, it is also considered a page update. We don’t recommend a large number of photo albums that must be updated because quite often the images have to be resized to a small size as well as a large size so a 20 picture photo album would be considered 41 page updates: 20 images times 2 plus putting them and the link on the page. We recommend using Facebook for photo albums because we can create a link on a page (one update) which points to the Facebook album. The viewer does not need to be a Facebook member to view the album. Facebook allows any size pictures to be uploaded and many more people are comfortable uploading images to Facebook.

*Unfortunately, unused page updates do not rollover into the next month. If for some reason you need more than your plan’s page updates, extra updates over the plan limit are $2.00 each billed separately. If you find that you consistently need more updates, please contact us to upgrade your plan.