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Five Reasons Why Your Website Should Have a Good Content Management System

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If you’ve ever thought about owning a website, you are probably at least somewhat familiar with what a Content Management System (CMS) is.  But in case you’re not, here is the opening sentence from Wikipedia’s definition: “A Web Content Management System (WCMS) is a software system that provides website authoring, collaboration, and administration tools designed to allow users with little knowledge of web programming languages or markup languages to create and manage website content with relative ease.” That sounds pretty appealing, doesn’t it?  I mean, who doesn’t want to do things with “relative ease?”  And most people I know do…

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Designing Websites for Mobile Devices

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If you live in the US in 2012, there’s almost a 50% chance that you own a smartphone according to Nielsen’s 2011 State of Mobile Media Report.  The continuing rise of smartphone use means more and more people are accessing the web via handheld mobile devices.  As that transition from desktop to mobile browsing continues, the focus on providing mobile-friendly websites becomes more important. The main difference between the desktop browsing experience and browsing on a mobile device is, of course, the screen size.  If you’ve ever tried to browse the full desktop version of a website on your smartphone, you…

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Extreme Makeover: Website Edition

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My father always taught me not to “judge a book by it’s cover.”  Good advice when dealing with people.  The web is from about the same generation as I am, and judging by some of the websites generated in the 90’s, I’m guessing the father of the web (Al Gore has made a claim to fatherhood of the web, but DNA testing was inconclusive) offered the same advice.  But both the web and I have grown up, and times have changed.  I still try not to judge people by their appearance, but it’s no secret that most people absolutely judge…

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Design a Great Church Website (Tips & Principles)

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Let me begin with a statement of fact:  EVERY church needs a good website.  I can tell you from a personal standpoint that if I can’t find a church’s website, I’m not attending that church.  Period.  Even if I know the church exists, where it is, and what it stands for.  The mere fact that a church doesn’t have a website communicates something important to me and it’s pretty much a deal-breaker.  I’ve had that conversation with others and most, if not all, agree on that. But that’s not a very big issue because most churches DO have a website. …

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