Top Content for Your Website (and how to build it) – Part 1

While every website is unique, studies show that the following items are the most frequently sought-after and expected on a church website:

  1. Welcome / Join Us information. Check out our recent blog on this topic.
  2. Introduce the minister(s)
  3. Events page
  4. Weekly Sermons with RSS feed
  5. Donation option
  6. Photo album
  7. Master calendar for members (including events, youth group, studies/classes, etc.)
  8. Contact Form
  9. Youth program information
  10. General and organization wide updates – in short format

Using the list above as our guide, we are starting a blog post series that will focus on ways to setup the above “Top Ten Content” items on your FWS website. Our hope is that along the way, we can be sharing some tips on how to use the tools in your website administration too.

Number 1 has been accounted for in a recent blog post, so we’ll skip right to the second item – Introduce the Minister(s).

There are several options on how to create this page, but our preferred favorite here at FWS would be to utilize the Profile tool. The Profile tool allows you to easily create short or detailed information for each individual person, upload an photo of that person and displays all of this in a professional and easy-to-read format for your site visitors. The Profile tool gives you a couple different display options, and you can toggle back and forth between those options to experiment which display is best for your website.

Take a look at our sample page here (and below). This page was setup using the Profiles tool with the information displayed. Notice that the email addresses are available, but the system uses CAPTCHA protection to lessen the possibility of spam email.

Example Output of the Profile Tool

If you have just two (or maybe three) pastoral staff

members to feature and would like to fill your page horizontally, rather than vertically, consider using the Multi-Column Tool. By placing the multi-column tool on a page, you get your page equally divided horizontally. For example, by choosing 2 columns, you will have two text editors. Position one would be on the left and position 2 on the right. You can enter your “about” content and upload a picture for each pastoral staff member in each editor.

This option is an ideal way of using your visual space left to right, versus as much space top to bottom.

If your organization is a church and school, you may be using our faculty database. If you are, keep in mind that the Faculty List Tool could also be used on the church’s webpages to display church or pastoral staff. This would be highly efficient if already using the Faculty Database.

If you just have one pastor or staff member to feature, the standard text/graphic editor may be the easiest solution to create your page. Remember that you can upload one picture per editor, but to keep it to a standard “profile” size picture, set the width to 100 pixels.

Questions on how to setup these tools ? Visit our support site or contact Customer Support; we’d be happy to help you out!

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