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Why Our NE1 Website Builder Has to Go

Written by Paul Steinbrueck

NE1-Web-BuilderA few weeks ago when we announced the launch of our new WP-EZ Website Builder, one person who uses our old NE1 Website Builder commented:

I am completely happy with the NE1 site builder, and quite honestly, don’t have the time to learn something new, again. Why not leave well enough alone?

Great question!

In the announcement, I explained 4 reasons I you’re going to love our new WP-EZ Website Builder, but I realize I have not adequately explained…

4 Reasons Continuing NE1 is Impossible

1) NE1 Requires Obsolete Software

To keep NE1 running as long as we have, we have to run other software on our server which went end of life in 2014.

2) NE1 is Not Secure

Because NE1 runs on obsolete software for which updates are no longer provided, that makes it a security vulnerability.

3) We Cannot Update NE1

We do not own the source code for NE1. The people who developed the source code have abandoned it and are not providing any updates.

4) NE1 is Not Mobile Friendly

Websites built with NE1 are not mobile-friendly. Not only is this incontinent for visitors to NE1 sites, but it also means NE1 sites don’t rank as well in Google’s mobile search results.

We are glad to hear there NE1 has some loyal fans, but for these reasons, we will not be able to offer NE1 or much longer. Fortunately, WP-EZ resolves all of these issues. It runs on the latest server software, it’s secure, it’s mobile-friendly and we can update and improve it any time.

Get WP-EZ Now!

As we mentioned in the announcement, WP-EZ is available now now with all new hosting accounts. You can order a web hosting package here.

NE1 to WP-EZ Coming Soon

For those of you with NE1 sites, we are finishing up the development and testing of a migration tool which will make it possible to copy your NE1 website into WP-EZ. It should be available in April.

Last Call for Beta Testers

If you currently use NE1 and would like to beta test WP-EZ and provide us with feedback, post a comment and let us know immediately. I will be contacting beta testers tomorrow.

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.


  • On April 1, a new look for our organization's web site will go on line. Now, we have to change again, but that's O.K. We will take the time to learn and understand the new program, then make the change. We look forward to new and better templates with more opportunities to customize.
    Mid-South District, Lutheran Women's Missionary League

    • Gary, as mentioned in the post, "For those of you with NE1 sites, we are finishing up the development and testing of a migration tool which will make it possible to copy your NE1 website into WP-EZ. It should be available in April." We will explain the migration process, when it becomes available.

  • i have been wanting to redesign our church site. would love to test/use the new website builder. let me know. Thanks Sally Green:

  • Hello I am administering and revamping our church website as well, I have been trying to gain access to cpanel. I would still like an answer regarding access to it. However, I would definitely be interested in beta testing the new WP-EZ design software.

    • Hi Alfonso, since Pastor Lisa is the contact person listed on your account, I sent the cPanel login info to her. Please let us know, if you need any further assistance with that. I'll be in touch with another email about beta testing.

    • We are developing a "migration tool" which will copy the content of your NE1 website into WP-EZ. There are a few things that won't copy exactly, so you will have the opportunity to review and tweak the WP-EZ site before you activate it and make it your live site.

  • Hi Paul, I'm concerned about the WP-EZ conversion tool and how it will handle converting my current NE1 site. I've been a loyal member since 2002 and used a lot of non OCC template formatting over the years ( own coding, embedded sources, etc) to build my site. After converting to WP-EZ, will my site will be lost or dis-functional in those respects? Will I have to go back and rebuild sections of my site? I've seen a lot of good improvements over the years, but praying earnestly OCC all will make this change user-friendly to loyal members like me.

    • Hi John, great question! If by "embedded sources" you're referring to HTML used to embed content elements like videos, images and tables, these things should automatically transfer to WP-EZ. If you're referring to HTML used for formatting/styling, because the themes are different, even if the HTML is transferred it won't look exactly the same as your current site and adjustments will have to be made.

      Rest assured that we are doing everything possible to make the transition from NE1 to WP-EZ as easy as possible, and the end result is going to be a better website that looks better and functions better.

    • I sent a reply regarding the same concerns as John (above) but am still waiting for a response. I notice others have expressed the same worries. Can you not make these replies available to all as the problem hasn’t been explained yet.

      • Hi Ray, sorry just seeing your comment now. I'm not quite sure I understand. Can you explain what you mean by, "Can you not make these replies available to all as the problem hasn't been explained yet." And if there's anything you think hasn't been explained yet, can you let us know specifically what it is? Thanks!

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