Church Website Design With JoomlaBy
I am part of the web team at my church and we are currently working on a web site redesign. I read an excellent article on SitePoint.com about church web design and marketing. It’s not something that is a very popular topic in the tech world, but there are thousands of churches, many of them with websites. We wanted to go for a clean, modern look and felt that our current site was getting a bit stale. After much discussion and research, we decided to go with the open source Content Management System, Joomla. It is very powerful and relatively easy to implement and use. We hope to be able to keep the content more fresh since more people will be able to easily update it from the internet and won’t need to be web developers in order to update it.
We also had to take into consideration that our church is getting ready to become multi-campus by planting a church in another location. We needed something that is easily expandable and that can handle more potential campuses in the future. We decided on a basic layout of a home page where a person can easily select which campus they would like more information on, then there will be two campus specific pages for each location. This will provide an easy way to differentiate between the two. Most of the other content will be shared between the two sites with notations of any location specific items clearly stated. If this is something that is of interest to you, stay tuned as I will be posting more articles as we go along.