CP blogger Barry Bowen is the author of this blog.
Posted 12/9/13 at 6:09 PM | SHOW Times
People dislike filling out forms online. Matt Cutts, head of Google's webspam team, recommends websites use the new request autocomplete standard.
If you know how to add html to a website or edit WordPress templates, it should be simple to add the following code to your forms:
Posted 11/25/13 at 6:22 PM | SHOW Times
One of my favorite moments at church is hearing testimonies of how God transforms lives. Some churches are sharing testimonies on their websites and via Facebook.
The ministry I Am Second has produced more than 100 testimonials featuring famous athletes, musicians, actors and politicians talking about their faith. A person will sit on a couch in a dark room and share his or her story.
Posted 10/30/13 at 11:58 PM | SHOW Times
If your church or ministry is considering the idea of launching a blog, please check out the following infographic.
Several tips are worth repeating:
That last tip is significant. It could take awhile for your blog to develop an audience. If you post regularly, then your readers are more likely to return for new articles.
However, the real key to being a successful blogger is being an effective communicator. Think carefully about what you wish to write ... and then express it creatively.
Posted 10/25/13 at 11:02 PM | SHOW Times
Below is an interesting infographic recommending 10 methods to increase interaction on Facebook. Let's focus on one of the tips. Love Your Followers:
"Use photos and posts to show your fans how much you love them. Make sure you don't take your community for granted. Show a little LOVE!"
Does your church or ministry website reveal God's love and your love for your community? If not, then consider making changes. Include the Gospel message that Jesus, as an act of sacrificial love, died to redeem us from our sins. Welcome hurting people in your community. Offer support to couples facing possible divorce, addicts struggling drugs and unemployed that have failed to find a job.
Posted 10/23/13 at 9:38 PM | SHOW Times
Too often churches fail to operate as the body of Christ. Instead of functioning like a team, the church works in isolation. This isolation extends to church websites.
Small churches usually rely on one or two people to update their websites while megachurches often have media departments publishing their sites. In both examples there may be people in these congregations with unique talents and willing to share them, but have never been asked to contribute to the church website.
Be on the lookout for church members that are talented writers, photographers and filmmakers. God could use their talents on your website. Also, don't ignore the amateurs in your midst. They may also contribute unique ideas.
There might be church members attending college and taking classes on how to develop a website. Perhaps they could perform an internship by designing your church or ministry website. FULL POST
Posted 10/10/13 at 11:55 PM | SHOW Times |
Has your church or ministry started drafting its 2014 calendar?
Church calendars reveal the priorities of the church. With that thought in mind, what priorities does your church calendar reveal?
Does it list any evangelistic or outreach events? Does it include community events that your church might participate in?
It is easy for churches to withdraw into a comfort zone. Perhaps your church could plan something different for 2014. Here are a couple of ideas:
Your church or ministry calendar can be very simple - just a list of important dates or it can be very sophisticated. There are calendar plugins for WordPress as well as stand-alone calendaring apps. Some of these apps will enable your church members to send invites to family members and friends for your events. FULL POST
Posted 10/8/13 at 11:55 PM | SHOW Times
If your church or ministry website uses WordPress, there are free and commercially supported plugins available that you can use to manage prayer requests.
List of Free Prayer Request Plugins
Commercial Prayer Request Plugins
Blazing Torch, the software developer responsible for PrayerBox, also offers the advanced version PrayerBox+ which costs $35 and a working demo can be viewed here.
The Prayer Engine is another commercial prayer request plugin for WordPress. According to the developer's website, "The Prayer Engine was built for simplicity. One click updates your Prayer Wall, RSS Feed, Twitter Prayer Chain and your Mobile Web App. No grunt work required."
Posted 9/25/13 at 9:34 PM | SHOW Times
If you, your company, church or ministry has a large number of followers on Twitter or Friends on Facebook, you will encounter spam.
There is a growing trend of aggresive Facebook pages being created to attack the Facebook accounts of Christian media and organizations that support traditional forms of morality.
The Facebook page labeled “Jesus F—ing Christ Slut Mary’s Bastard,” and the operators behind the group, have been busily posting “likes” on the page for the Center for Marriage Policy.
There is a solution to prevent this abuse. In Facebook's privacy settings you can hide who sees your posts:
People on Twitter are also receiving a lot of spam. BuzzFeed investigated the problem and determined that spammers are buying a spam tool to flood Twitter with commercial messages. Traffic Hood suggests using the app Twitblock and other methods to stop Twitter spam. FULL POST
Posted 9/20/13 at 5:08 PM | SHOW Times |
Marketers have studied the role that timing plays on social media to determine when a post or tweet is most likely to get shared, liked or retweeted.
As the infographic below shows, for Facebook users there are two peak times: In the morning around 7 am and in the afternoon around 3 pm.
Mashable reports that not only is timing important but so is the frequency of posting: "Meanwhile, when it comes to posts, less is more. Brands that post one or two times a day see 19% higher interaction rates than those that publish three or more posts."
Your Church or ministry website also has peek times for when it is receives the most visits. Do you know when those times are?
Visitors to your church website on a Saturday night or early Sunday morning are probably try to find out when worship begins. Is that information easy to access?
Posted 9/18/13 at 5:34 PM | SHOW Times
When developing a new website or posting a redesign, it is a good idea to test your website with different web browsers.
Some of the html tags render differently in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. Also, if your videos are only available in Flash format, they will not play on computers and mobile devices that lack Flash such as the iPhone and iPad.
The website Browsershots can test your website with different screen sizes and web browsers. Browsershots takes a screenshot from each browser you select so that you can compare them.
For testing mobile sites on a desktop computer or notebook, you can install an emulator program to test your site.
Six Revisions has compiled a list of tools for testing mobile sites and recommends using iPhoney and iPad Peek for testing sites on Apple's devices. FULL POST