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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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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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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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8 Questions To Ask Before You Build Your Church Website

Posted on 29/10/13 in Websites

This is the third post in an ongoing series where I hope to to demystify the process of commissioning a website for your church. When it comes to building or commissioning a website for your church – it can be tempting to just jump right in. The excitement of getting started can sometimes outweigh the Read more

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Common Features of Church Websites

Posted on 30/9/13 in Websites

A few years ago a church website was a simple affair.You didn’t need much more than (maybe) the church address and the service times.

How times have changed. These days your church website can come with heaps of bells and whistles, and do all manner of things.
The first conversation I have with a client is almost always to do with the functional scope – that is, ‘What do you want your website to do?’

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How much should your church’s website cost?

Posted on 16/9/13 in Websites

This is the first post in an ongoing series where I hope to to demystify the process of commissioning a website for your church. One of the first questions I get asked when talking to churches about their website is this. ‘How much will it cost?’ This question is understandable, as budgets (especially amongst small Read more

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Demystifying your Church Website

Posted on 15/9/13 in Websites

These days it is almost a given that your church should have some sort of website. For many people this will be the first impression they have of your church, or even Christianity in general. With that in mind – it is important that not only does your church have some kind of website, but Read more

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Image Aspect Ratios for Church Websites

Posted on 14/7/13 in Websites

There’s a great post over at MinistryCom about standardising your aspect ratios. It talks about standardisation in quite a broad sense (across different mediums and locations) but it’s prompted me to share a few thoughts on how I try to address the issue when creating and designing sites for churches.

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A look at the new Hillsong beta website

Posted on 10/7/13 in Websites

I was chatting with Steve Fogg today – and he mentioned that Hillsong had launched their new beta site – I decided to take a look – and thought I might share with you some of the things it does well – and a couple of places where it could do with some refinement.

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