How to Create a Church Website

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Maybe you are a minister, or maybe you've been called to be the one to put up your church's presence on the Web. Either way, you'll want to use good leadership skills to make a page that church people will appreciate. Making a church website is a little different than other sites, as it's imperative that a church site be consistent with the character of the church as a whole. And it has to be usable, too.

Get a good web space. The first thing you need to do is separate your website from all of the hedonistic material on the Web. The Internet is very much "of the world," while your church is not. Get a good Web host that will allow you your own page not linked to any other pages and free of ad-banners and other devices that may include material you don't want.

Use a web template to help you create a basic page. Software like Dreamweaver helps, as will HTML tutorials that will show you how to add images.

Keep it simple. Your parishioners may not be avid users of the Internet, so you'll want to design a page that they can understand. A prominent picture of the church building is a good addition, and an introductory text to explain what is on the site will help users.

Have a place for user input. A church is a place where a lot of communication takes place. Parishioners might want to talk about scheduling of events, theology, or social issues. You can find guest book technology in some freeware sites on the Web. If you don't feel comfortable installing a guest book type object on your page, just include your email for quick contact information so that users can email you directly with any comments or questions.

Maintain the Web page. Visit it periodically to check that it is working properly and not "hacked" or inundated with pop-ups or other hostile elements. Ask your church-goers if they have had success visiting the page. Staying involved will make you a great asset to your church.

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