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7 Church Website Photo Problems You Need to Fix ASAP

Written by Paul Steinbrueck

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As I wrote in the first article in this series, the number one reason church websites fail the free reviews we provide is due to problems with images. In fact 70% of the websites we review have some problems with images.

Here are the 7 most common problems we see with website photos and how to fix them.

1) Missing Photos


Problem – Either the URL of the image was entered incorrectly or the image was deleted after the page was published.

Solution – Fix the URL, replace the image, or delete the image reference in the web page.

2) Blurry Photos


Problem – The photo is out of focus or the subject was moving when it was taken. We’re all for “authenticity,” but you can do better than that.

Solution – Replace the blurry photo with one that’s in focus.

3) Overly Dark or Light Photos


Problem – The lighting for the photo was bad and the subject can’t be seen well because it’s either too dark or too light.

Solution – Replace the photo with one that has better lighting.

4) Tiny Photos


Problem – Putting a small photo in a much larger content area just looks awkward.

Solution – There are several better options. 1) Use photos that are the full width of the content area, 2) put 2 or more smaller photos side by side (just make sure they are the same height), or 3) wrap text around the image.

5) Pixelated Photos


Problem – Images look pixilated when a small photo is stretched into a much larger space.

Solution – Don’t use tiny images. Replace the pixilated image with one that is the same size of the space it’s being inserted into.

6) Scrunched Photos


Problem – When an image is forced into a space that is does not have the same proportions as the image itself, the image will get squeezed horizontally or vertically. We see this most often in image sliders.

Solution – First, don’t use portrait oriented images in landscape spaces. Second, crop images so they are the same size as the space or image slider in which you’re placing them. You can use an online image editing tool like pixlr.com to do this.

7) Animated GIFs

Problem – Not exactly a “photo” problem, but it IS an image problem. Please let the fluttering flags, flapping doves, and spinning crosses rest in peace in the 90s.

Solution – Delete them. Please. (I realize animated GIF memes have become popular. There’s a place for them in some blog posts, social media and texting friends, but leave them off your web pages)

When an organization allows photos with these problems to linger on their website, it gives website visitors the impression the people in your church are either clueless or they don’t care. So…

Fix your website’s image problems before they give your church an image problem.

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    About the author

    Paul Steinbrueck

    Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck.