Just a few minutes on: ◦ Registering a domain ◦ Finding a host for your website ◦ Maintaining your website
What’s a domain name? ◦ Email email@example.com@yournamehere.org ◦ Website at www.yournamehere.orgwww.yournamehere.org How do I get or “register” a domain? Should I register just one domain name? Can I keep my domain name forever?
You need a home for your website ◦ A website host stores your webpages and ◦ Keeps your website on the internet Things to know when shopping ◦ What are the fees (e.g., start-up, upgrade)? ◦ How much disk space is guaranteed? ◦ Technical support available 24x7? Response Time? ◦ How do I do a backup of my website? Bandwidth and Data Transfer limits?
Someone needs to build it ◦ Web content management software ◦ Plan for expansion You need a commitment to maintain it ◦ Outdated data, broken links, etc. ◦ Check the mail box (firstname.lastname@example.org)email@example.com Define a process for posting info Can I keep my domain name forever?
A congregation’s mission statement provides vision and direction for its ministries. A congregation’s website can help to proclaim the mission statement to members and to the community. Website viewers will connect more strongly to emotions and to ways they can help.
Key words from the mission statement can be matched to key images to help the mission come alive. Action words are best, as they can be connected to expressions of ministry. Verbs draw people into the mission. Examples are the words GATHER, GROW, AND GO. We gather in the Lord’s name, we grow together in Christ, and we go forth to serve. The action words can reflect the congregation’s intersections with the local and global communities, and key images can convey these ministries. What emotions might these words and images create?
What is Twitter? What in the world is # all about? What could your church do with Twitter?
What is Facebook? What could your church do with Facebook?
What is Pinterest? What can your church do with Pinterest?
If you can’t wait until February, check out the Vibrant Faith Ministries Social Media Training February 8, 2014 USING MEDIA IN YOUR CONGREGATION Projectors, Twitter, Websites, Screens, Podcasts, Facebook—What do all of these have to do with ministry? Join us to learn how to make your congregation technology friendly. St Paul's LutheranLodi, CA Sierra Pacific Synod CONGREGATIONAL LIFE SAVE THE DATE!