Jordesign: Websites for Churches & Ministries



Should all Church Websites look the same?


Posted on 14/8/15 in Thoughts

Oh look – BigAwesome Church has just launched a brand new website. It looks awesome – really modern and engaging, lots of personality. Let’s take a look at the homepage…

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WP Tithely: Online Giving for WordPress

Posted on 30/7/15 in WordPress

WP Tithely is a WordPress plugin to help Churches and other organisations easily integrate online giving to their website through – a great service for Online Giving. “> offers a range of ways for churches to take donations – one of which is through the installation of a donation button. This WordPress plugin allows for Read more

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It’s Time To Stop Selling Responsive Design


Posted on 23/7/15 in Websites

Dear Agencies, Designers & Developers. The time has come. We need to stop referring to Responsive Design as a feature, or an optional add-on to websites. This week there have been 3 separate occasions where I have seen advertising for agencies where the major distinction of their service offering is that the websites they create Read more

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Selling a better WordPress model


Posted on 27/6/14 in Blog, WordPress

Over the last few weeks, the WordPress community has been awash with some big conversations about the future of commerical WordPress businesses (specifically theme and plugin sellers). Some big names like Chris Lema, Tom McFarlin, and Chris Wallace have all weighed in, and I suggest you head over to WP Tavern’s bumper post to catch up Read more

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Speed up your WordPress site with image optimisation

Posted on 3/3/14 in Websites

The speed of your website is vitally important these days. Users with high expectations and short attention spans are quick to move on to the next thing if your site doesn’t load in a flash. Google has even started factoring in the speed of sites to its ranking algorithm. It has never been more important.

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5 Years: Looking Back

Posted on 14/1/14 in News

Jordesign has actually been in existence for almost 11 years – but it is only since 2009 that it was something full time (rather than on the side). I was blessed to land a part time contract with Youthworks when we moved back from Christchurch – which gave me the baseline to decide I could go fulltime freelance. It’s been an interesting 5 years – with plenty of lowlights as well as highlights. But I thought I would share some of the good stuff!

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5 years: Looking Forward

Posted on in News

The start of 2014 has feeling like I am sitting on the verge of exciting new things. It is interesting to see how the path of the past 5 years for Jordesign has landed me where I am – preparing me for what is coming next. So what’s happening?

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Church website trends for 2014


Posted on 29/12/13 in Websites

As we come to the end of 2013 – I thought it would be worth taking a look at what we can expect from church websites in the coming year.

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Proposal: a WordPress Zen Garden

Posted on 21/12/13 in Websites

I was just reading great post from Konstantin Obenland talking about the design and development process behind the default WordPress themes from the last couple of years. In it he explains his desire to simplify for next years theme – and perhaps even base it on Automattic’s _s theme – changing only the css. This got Read more

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The New Year is a great time for a New Website


Posted on 18/12/13 in Blog

As 2013 winds down and we get into the swing of things for Christmas and New Years Eve – your church’s website can often be the last thing on your mind. After all – once everyone has turned up for the Christmas service you’ve been promoting so heavily on the site – there’s nothing to Read more

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