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Is your church website in rhythm?

Written by Mark Steinbrueck

It is June and we are in the midst of Summer Rhythms month at OurChurch.Com.

An important part of Summer Rhythms is making sure your church website has a rhythm and doesn’t get off-beat during the summer months.

Making sure your church website design has a good rhythm means putting systems in place so certain updates are completed on a regular basis.

Below is a list of updates that should be completed every week, month, and season:

  • Weekly: Sermons & sermon notes, new events or activities to your calendar, removal of any mention of past events.
  • Monthly: Testimonials if you have a testimonials slider on your homepage or testimonials page on your site, adding pictures to a photo gallery from past events.
    • Software updates to ensure your website software is secure and up-to-date (see below image for details)
  • Seasonally (quarterly): Images for your homepage image slider, changes in Bible studies being offered, new ministries that have launched.
  • Annually: Renew your domain name and your SSL certificate.

These are a list of the regular edits that should be made to the content of your website.  However, there will be other updates that should be done for things like changes of staff, special announcements, change of service times, etc.  If you are making weekly and monthly updates to your site, you can easily add other updates while you are making your regular updates.

Knowing to make these updates is only good if you schedule them on your calendar and protect that time from being taken over by other priorities.

A schedule defends from chaos and whim. – Annie Dillard

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Monthly Software Updates

In addition to making content updates on a regular basis, you should also perform monthly updates to the software that is running your website.  Doing this along with having a SSL certificate, will ensure your website as secure as possible.

If you use WordPress as your web platform, this means updating both the WordPress core software as well as all the plugins installed into your website.  Like software updates on your computer or phone, sometimes the updates can be “glitchy” and cause problems, so be aware that there may be some issues you will need to address after you perform updates.  These issues don’t happen often but when they do, they can be frustrating and time consuming.

However, when OurChurch.Com builds a website for you, we implement all of these software updates each month as part of your support package.  We even address and fix any glitches that may arise from the updates.  We feel it is important to let you focus on your ministry and not be bogged down with the technical details.  We have searched everywhere and can’t find any company (Christian or secular) that offers this level of service to their WordPress customers.

What things have you done to make sure that your website is in rhythm and updated regularly?  Post your comments and questions below.

If you would like to talk with us about a new website for your church, please contact us here!

About the author

Mark Steinbrueck

Mark Steinbrueck is President and Co-founder of OurChurch.Com. He is a member of Generations Christian Church, a husband and father of 3. He is a huge Cardinals baseball fan and bleeds Garnet and Gold. Find on Google+.

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