I know that upgrading any paid services for a church can be a real arm twister. I am all about saving money and maximizing how much the church spends on anything, but sometimes you can save more by spending more.
Let me explain.
The top two obstacles facing Church IT is volunteers and funding. The real pickle about this, is usually you can function fairly well if you have at least one of these. If you have volunteers, you can get away with spending less. If you can spend more, then you can get away with fewer volunteers. Of course, you can only imagine how awesome it would be to have both! Here’s where upgrading your church website services can help both areas: finances and volunteers.
I love technology, and I think that there are amazing technological solutions for tons of church problems. I’m passionate about using technology to spread the Gospel and resource the Church. Technology. Is. Awesome.
However, to parody a common phrase, “there isn’t an app for everything.”
Are you making it easy for hackers? Have you been hacked?
Here are the top five mistakes made to make themselves open to compromise from hackers.
“Knowing is half the battle.”
Take a look:
There are few things more frustrating than having someone steal your idea, right? And yet, what if your idea is something so broad and obvious that it’s almost insane for you to have even claimed to be the sole originator of the idea?
These are, essentially, the two-sides of the coin in an ongoing patent battle between Personal Audio, Inc. and some of the larger names in podcasting (i.e. Adam Carolla and Marc Maron, among others). Essentially, Personal Audio is claiming to have “invented” podcasting and is suing these popular hosts in an attempt to make some money off their patent.
I don’t want to get into the case’s particulars because I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t want to really analyze the technical aspects of the patent except to say that this is a classic example of patent trolling. (I mean, come on! How do you patten such a vague and obvious idea? I could write more on this, and maybe I will, if there is a general call for it.) The real focus of this post is to bring attention to this issue and to highlight the need for pastors and Church techs to be aware.
I love Wunderlist (now Wunderlist 2), so I was really excited when the news of Wunderlist Pro dropped in my email inbox last night.
Here’s a sneak peak!
This video will blow your mind.
Actually, it’s not the video that will blow your mind, it’s the video technology that’s talked about in the video that will blow your mind.
Check this out:
I’ve seen a lot of different infographics and different statistics about email usage, but for some reason, this one really caught my eye.
Check out some of these numbers:
- 57% of people spend half their working day on email.
No wonder I get more done when I keep my email closed!
- 25% admit to sending late night emails to show commitment.
This is just sad. Really.
- 39% regularly send and read emails outside of work.
Leave work at work, peeps.
Here’s some more stats worth mulling over:
TruthCasting is a free resource that seeks to lower the cost for churches and ministries to store and delivery full-length sermon video and audio content. They offer premium embeddable Video Players, Custom iPhone and Android Church Apps as well as LIVE Streaming of your church services and event.
I had the opportunity to use their service on Easter weekend 2013 for the first time and I was very impressed. I used it for Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland and embedded the stream in the Church Online Platform so we embeded chat and social media sharing.
Here are the reasons I recommend Truthcasting as a streaming provider:
If you’re a webbie (like me), I’m sure that at least on one occasion you’ve had to explain web hosting to clients, family, friends, etc.
To make this a bit easier, here’s a great infographic that explains the basics of the different kinds of types of web hosting, in nice simple terms: Continue Reading…
Cloud services have rapidly risen in popularity recently and it’s easy to understand why. The growth in use of multiple devices, devices on the go and generally devices with smaller storage capabilities have all heavily leant themselves to the growth in cloud storage but there is another factor. Multiple users having access to the same information for multiple locations.
This final factor more than others has lead to the uptake of cloud storage in business and churches but there are issues. The cost of some services and security of others has come into question recently and as a church you certainly don’t want confidential information getting out.
Luckily there is now a way that you access create your own cloud circumventing the risks of a hacker gaining access to the cloud storage companies data and thus yours (of course they could still hack your own personal cloud so that is always a risk).
It’s called ownCloud; a personal cloud service.