Since acquiring ChurchMag at the beginning of this year, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about its future.
From the logo to the community itself, I’m brewing-up all sorts of different ideas.
A few things have begun to surface and I’m not afraid to try some things at the risk of failure. The failure of the ideas, of course, not ChurchMag itself.
Here are some areas of ChurchMag I still have yet to resolve and would love to share my thoughts with you all.
Ever since I became Editor of ChurchMag over two years ago, I’ve had at least a dozen emails from people inquiring about the “Become a Member” link at the top of the screen. I had asked the 8BIT guys about it, but never got a firm answer. This is only one of the many changes I would like to make to the ChurchMag design.
Here are some others:
- Author pages
These are just some of the changes of the top of my head.
I’ve wrestled with the logo idea, as the “battery” look is reminiscent of The 8BIT Network and 8BIT’s old logo (for those that don’t know, 8BIT started The 8BIT Network which evolved into ChurchMag). There is a lot of talent in the ChurchMag community, so I would be interested to see some ideas.
If you got to design the ChurchMag logo, what would it look like?
The layout of ChurchMag is feeling very cramped and old to me. Plus, it’s still running on 8BIT’s WordPress theme, Standard 2. The next design of ChurchMag will run on Standard 3, making it fully responsive for mobile viewing. Something that we preach on ChurchMag, but not doing ourself! *GASP*
If you got to design the ChurchMag layout, what would done differently?
ChurchMag has a butt-load of categories. In fact, not all of them are currently supported in the drop-down. When The 8BIT Network was drawn together into ChurchMag, each site (six total) became it’s own category, while each site’s categories became sub-categories. Yikes! Now, I’m not considering re-categorizing 11,000 blog posts, but I would be interested in any awesome ideas on how to best navigate through.
How do you navigate ChurchMag? Any insights you would like to share?
I would love to develop an area for ChurchMag’s regular authors. A place for a bio, some links and some awesome stuff thrown in. We have had a number of committed authors over the past years, and I think they should get some real estate around here.
Do you agree?
I would love to get some feedback on this stuff.
There’s no such thing as a “bad idea” at this stage, so speak freely.
Now, let’s hear it!
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