Stuart was kind enough to post a comment asking for helpful hints for building a web site as a lay person. My comment grew larger than the comment window, so I decided to just post this in case it is helpful for small churches using an all lay person team to build their a website.
First of all, Stuart, bless you and all those out there like you with willing hearts who want to contribute something via the web. I pray you can get it done and done in a timely manner.
It is impossible for me to download 7 years of thinking about this stuff into a simple post, but let me get you started with just a few tips:
- Don’t over reach. Understand your churches needs and the expectations of those who care about the project.
- Don’t get too many people involved. If it is a small site, keep the total team smaller than 5 … including decision makers.
- Know your audience. Is it insiders or outsiders? Is it local people or people new to the area?
- Focus on your churches message and mission. What are you on about? What kind of church are you. Use stories and editorial type content to show who you are.