Building a Youth Group Website

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Thirty-one. Besides being the number of the ideal woman—get it? (Proverbs 31)—thirty-one is also my age. Yes, that's right: I'm old. And as such, I've moved beyond youth ministry, and yet I still have a deep passion for reaching young people and an enduring respect for those who still bear the calling to reach them. And because I respect youth ministers so much, I'd like to offer a bit of help with your website. But first, a story! ... Continue Reading

The Evolution of WordPress [Infographic]

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I started blogging a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away called 2007 on a platform called WordPress. Since then, I've been a loyal, if infrequent WordPress blogger. Eight years, folks—that's a digital eternity! In five years, I've grown a lot—mostly horizontally—but WordPress has become bigger (the world's largest CSM) but also deeper, boasting more and more features and a better, stronger core than I'd ever thought possible. I'm seriously amazed at the platform I have to write and publish ... Continue Reading

How to Set Up Security on Your New WP Install

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WordPress is pretty secure by default. But it is also the most popular open source CMS in the world, which makes it a target of all the wanna be hackers, malicious code distributors, and random DDOS attacks. Making your WordPress site secure should be your top priority right after you install WordPress. Here is what you need to do. ... Continue Reading

ChMS Review: Congregation Connect

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Congregation Connect is a ChMS designed by Cloud4Good to run on the Salesforce platform. Salesforce is a worldwide, cloud-based software company known for its seemingly ubiquitous CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software, which boasts a client list of massive, multinational corporations like Coca-Cola, Activision, and even Facebook. Here's a bit more about Salesforce: ... Continue Reading

Is a Custom Built Church Website for You?

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There are a lot of challenges and risks you can encounter when setting out to build a church website. What should your domain name be? Where should you host it? CMS or static site? It can be a little bit overwhelming. When I set out to build my church's website, I encountered these same things. The biggest decision we made, however, was deciding whether or not to get a template and built it on an existing platform or to custom build our own solution. ... Continue Reading

Is Your Kid Ministry Check-In Current?

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Earlier this month KidCheck announced several new improvements in their secure children's check-in system. It's normal for apps and tech solutions to get updates. Many years ago, updates for Windows—for example—came in Service Packs that were released every few years or so; and even these were not major improvements. Fast forward to today, and both operating systems and everyday apps get major updates and changes. Sometimes it's the design and sometimes it's important functions. Regular updates ... Continue Reading

How-To Choose a Premium WordPress Theme

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I build WordPress websites. As a result I've dealt with a lot of WordPress themes. I've had some great experiences that have made building a site a dream and I've had some utterly awful experiences that have resulted in me wanting to tear my own hair out. This is especially painful when you realise you've paid for the pleasure. In an effort to spare others some of the frustrations I have experienced, I want to share my process of how to choose a theme. There are a series of checks I run the ... Continue Reading