If you’ve ever wanted to have live video streams of your church services but weren’t sure if there was enough interest to justify the effort and cost, we’ve got great news for you! Google+ Hangouts give you a way to add live video streams to your Church Website at no cost and with very little effort. All you need is a website, a Google+ account and a camera on an Internet-connected computer during your service. Continue reading “Want to Live Stream Your Sermons? Try Google Hangout – How to Live Stream Your Church Service with Google Hangout” »
Let me describe a common scenario. This is a true story. My passion for Church Websites began at home. I used to be a volunteer youth group leader at a medium-sized congregation, and I worked professionally in the tech industry. As a young man (with a lot of time on his hands), I designed and built my church its first website in 1998. At first, I was its sole maintainer. But as my career began to take off and my family grew, requiring more and more of my time, it became difficult for me to continue updating the website and its content. Continue reading “Getting Advanced with Your Church Website – Introduction” »
Programming websites is difficult. At Sharefaith, we provide everything you need to have a website without doing any programming yourself, but there are a number of obstacles that we have to deal with in providing an intuitive interface. Even with decent “What You See Is What You Get” (WYSIWYG) editing tools in place, you are at the mercy of the instances in which the authors of those tools decide that, “What You See is a close proximity, but may not be exactly What You Get.” All of the WYSIWYG content editors that we have seen (including the one we use – up until now) miss one simple fact: People who don’t want to learn a bunch of new computer skills are most comfortable if their content editor acts exactly like Microsoft Word. Continue reading “Brand New Church Website Template Released Plus Better User Experience” »
Get your sermons and worship service in the hands of millions of believers online through podcasts. Here’s the fastest way to add a full Sermon/Audio player to your Sharefaith church website. Go ahead and customize it and make it podcast ready! Continue reading “How to Add Sermon Podcasts to Your Sharefaith Church Website” »
Did you know you can fully customize the look and feel of a Sharefaith Church Website? Change your website to match your special event like Valentine’s Day or Easter, it’s so easy it can be done in minutes. Continue reading “Make Your Church Website Background, Navigation and Content Look Amazing!” »
Your website is the cover page of your church. It should not only be the introduction to your ministry but also the source of active ministry. It is a very effective tool for inviting new members and reaching out to those who are searching. I have listed 7 things to include if you wish your website to be a vehicle of growth in your church:
Too often websites, especially Church Websites, fall into the mold of using the same old fonts and never leaving the “Arial/Courier/Times New Roman” crowd. Sometimes the reason is that it’s too difficult to update fonts on the website and the end user has to know a lot of coding. Other times it’s just that custom fonts are not made available or are not possible with many church website providers. Neither of these reasons are the situation with Sharefaith Websites. Churches have the ability to use virtually any web-font desired on their website. Here are a couple reasons to have custom fonts: Continue reading “Font Customization on Your Church Website” »
A church website is a pretty big responsibility. Thankfully, it’s not impossible to keep up with the responsibility. It just requires a clear head about a few things. Here, we’ve collected a list of ten things that you absolutely must not do. After several years of making websites, and watching people commit nearly every violation in the book, there are the ten most-violated and most-important commandments of church websites.
Here is what you should never do with your church website.
At the beginning of a New Year, you probably have some goals for your church — numerical growth, spiritual maturity, greater understanding and application of the Bible, increased giving, deeper relationships, more prayer, strong families, etc. We encourage you to take on a New Year goal that will assist you in achieving your other goals — a new church website.
I am guessing by your interest in this topic that you already have a website. So I don’t need to tell you how a web presence for your church and various ministries, in this day and age, is essential. Your site is the preliminary welcoming committee, the doctrinal statement, a bridge to the church community, a bank of resources, etc. Now that you have a web presence, it is imperative that it is also actively engaging and goes beyond just another medium for reading and viewing images. It must be interactive. Continue reading “7 Awesome Ways to Make Your Website Interactive” »