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By The SnapShot Web Team on 11/21/2011 2:27 PM

Using Your Church Website to Connect with your community this Thanksgiving

The folks over at Friends Church in Yorba Linda have put together a great resource on their SnapShot Website for Thanksgiving week.  Each day this week, they will be posting something new to their Gratitude Initiative page.  Each post will include four things:

  1. a theme that includes a song to listen to
  2. a scripture to read
  3. a prayer to pray
  4. an action-step to take

They've included options for sharing via twitter and email as well as a way to add comments.  Check out what they've got going on and share something you are thankful for this week.

By The SnapShot Web Team on 11/11/2011 10:56 AM

 A great looking home page for a church website

What do think should be included on the home page of your church website?  How should it be displayed?  What options for connection should be most obvious?  What are your goals when setting up your home page? How effective is your home page?  How do you measure it's effectiveness?  Check out what the folks at East Valley Nazarene have done with their homepage.  It's simple and beautiful and I think you are going to love it.

By The SnapShot Web Team on 5/10/2011 11:28 AM

Click here to Enter the Contest

We see lots of church websites every day. Some of these sites are being used as effective tools to reach their community. In contrast, some of these websites are in dire need of some serious help.  That's where we come in. 

Want a major makeover for your church website?

We're going to take a few of the church websites that are most in need and turn them into something beautiful, clean, and effective... for FREE. We'll help with design, layout, content, images, google ranking and more.

Give us two minutes & fill out the survey to let us know why your church site needs serious help and you'll be entered to win.

By The SnapShot Web Team on 5/3/2011 2:05 PM

 Church Website Contact Info

You know your Church Website needs help if you don't have your contact info easily accessible from any and every page on the site.  

We recieved a voicemail today from a gentleman named Andy asking about pricing options for a redesign on his church website.  He left his first and last name, the name of his church, and his city.  He neglected to leave a phone number, an email address, or any other way to contact him.  No problem though - I figured with a little help from google, I could find his church website and grab the contact info from there.  I was wrong.

I didn't have any trouble finding the church website.  It came up right away in a google search of the church name and the city.  However, once I was on the site, I couldn't find any contact info - no phone number, no email address, no facebook or twitter info, not even a physical mailing address.  I spent about 10 minutes clicking through every page I could find... nothing.

If your church website doesn't have your contact info easily accessible from every page, you need to make a change today.

Andy - if you are out there, let us know how to get in touch with you so we can help with your site. 

Stay tuned over the next few days for more ways to tell if your Church Website needs help.  Know any church websites that need help?  Let us know.  We'll be having our second annual "Please Help My Church Website Contest" starting next week.

By The SnapShot Web Team on 2/7/2011 2:45 PM

Blogging on Church Websites

Do you have a blog going on your church website? I have a handful of pastor friends that have not yet jumped into the world of blogging (at least not on their church websites.)  When I ask them why not, here are some of the answers I get:

  • I simply don't have the time to add something like this to my to-do list each week.  I'm busy with ministry - I want to spend my time doing things that really matter.
  • I don't have enough to say to fill a blog?
  • I fear that I would start strong then a few months would go by and visitors to the site would see that the latest post is from sometime last year.
  • Once people start commenting on blogs, won't it get out of control really quickly? I fear that we won't be able to manage it all.

What I have told these friends (and what I will tell anyone who asks) is that none of those excuses hold much water.  In fact. there are a few great reasons you need to have a blog on your church website.  Here's the beginning of a list:

  1. Foster Communication - A blog is a wonderful way to foster communication with people inside your community and beyond.
  2. Subscription Options  - With the options for RSS or email subscriptions, a blog can be an great way to get information (announcements, event info, sermon teasers or reminders, etc) into the hand of the people who care.
  3. Help People Find Your Church Online -  That's right, incorporating a blog on your church website is one of the best ways that you can improve your Search Engine Status or Google Ranking.  More on this in a future post...
  4. Easy to Setup and Manage - With the tools that are available to you, blogging doesn't take a whole lot of time.  In fact, you can have an amazingly effective blog in just a few minutes each week.

30 Days for free on your Church Website

Setup a risk-free 30-day trial and test out the blog feature yourself.  Check out this video tour of the new blog feature at SnapShot Web:

If you have a blog on your church site, we'd love to see it in action (and interact with you there.)  Post it in the comments and we'll take a look.  Have you got other reasons to add to the list?  Post them here as well.

By The SnapShot Web Team on 2/3/2011 3:04 PM

 A great looking Church Home Page

Bridge Community Church is an Assemblies of God church in the greater Philadelphia area.  Among other things, Mike Oldham oversees the media ministry at Bridge Community Church, which includes the church website - bridgecomchurch.org. Every Monday morning, Mike will spend a little time working on the church website.  He devotes most of his attention to the home page as it's the "face of the website."  

On the home page, Mike has set up a few different features that have proven very effective as communication and interaction tools.  He's got a great looking slideshow with some upcoming announcements, a calendar list, the latest sermon available for listen or download, options for sharing the site, and a place to login to their Church Community Builder account.  

Take a look at what they have going on their home page and let us know what you think. 

By The SnapShot Web Team on 12/28/2010 7:10 AM

Sermon Player for your Church Website

Custom Church Websites

Want to know why others are using SnapShot Web to manage their Church Websites?  Here's what a pastor from Hedgesville has to say about using SnapShot Web for the church website at Hedgesville Church:

Our church is located in Hedgesville, WV (Eastern Panhandle) and has been in this location now for about 34 years.  We are a very young church at heart with contemporary worship and very strong children, youth and young adult ministries. Our first goal is to serve our community and let them see the love of Christ in what we do not only what we say.  We love technology!  We try to squeeze every drop out of everything we have and Snapshot helps us do just that.

I am the Associate pastor and have been on staff going on ten years.  I lead our young adult ministry (HC Live) and handle all the technical stuff. (sound, lights, video, graphic design,computers, etc)

We use our church website as the front door of our church.  Visitors can get a feel of what our church is like while finding out info and schedules for all out ministries.  We also embed sermon archives and a live stream for our Sunday morning service.  This gives people a chance to experience a service before they get here.

We routinely update the schedules and announcements and sermon archives and we have totally changed the look of our site once since we have been with SnapShot Web.

We have had visitors attend out church expressly because they visited the website.  It's the first thing people looking for a church do when they come into a new community.  We have to do our best and SnapShot has made that easier for us to do in house instead of a big web design bill.

The first tip I can think of is to look around.  There are a ton of incredible looking church websites out there and you can get a feel for what is good and what's not.  I have found that it is pretty easy to customize snapshot to fit just about anything you want.  Don't try to come up with everything on your own.  If I like the way a website looks as soon as I see it then I try to look at WHY I like it and incorporate those principles into ours.  Chances are the really good websites at the really big churches cost a lot of money and I can get that look for a lot less as SnapShot Web is quite affordable.

Our team of people who head up our small groups usually change the info about their group activities themselves.  It is extremely easy to show people how to make basic changes to their pages.

One other thing!  I have been a customer of SnapShot Web for more than a couple of years now and the one thing that stands out is their customer support.  They get back with you quickly!  They have answered all my technical questions and have equipped me to make changes to our site for a very custom look.  The customer support is first class.

Chris Jones
Associate Pastor
Hedgesville Church

Church Website Team at Hedgesville

By The SnapShot Web Team on 10/19/2010 3:17 PM

Church Website Design Templates Made Easy

Church Online Giving and Online Tithing

Check out this testimonial from a SnapShot User at Hayward Wesleyan Church.  Also be sure to take a look at their Youth Ministry Website and their Church Website.  You may get some great ideas on ways to take your own Church Website to a great new level.  Here's what Jeremy has to say:

I don't know about you, but I use the internet for almost everything. My personal and profession email, calendar, contacts, web searches, pictures, videos, etc are all online. If I need to know something, I google it. If I need a video clip, graphic, activity idea, inspiration for a teaching lesson, etc, I go online and search for it. Translate that to my local ministry context with youth and children: when people want to know what time an event is, or a Release Form they forgot to pick up at church, or how much an event costs, or what is my child learning about, or what music is my child singing, or who are these weird people at Hayward Wesleyan Church and why do they enjoy ministering with youth and children so much... they go to the internet.

Before we purchased SnapShot Web, we had a custom built website that wasn't very good. And when I say "we" it wasn't the youth and children's ministry, it was the church's main website. By the time the website went live most of the pics were outdated, content was no longer relevant (because it was outdated), and we didn't have a convenient and timely way to update content and events as needed. It wasn't user-friendly at all.

Enter SnapShot Web.  I discovered SnapShot Web through Simply Youth Ministry resources. I was drawn to the idea that we (in-house) would be able to create and maintain a website and its content ourselves without having to learn about CSS, HTML, Web Hosting, FTP, etc from scratch. SnapShot Web provides the container, the portal, access to all the features you might need, and the ability for the end-user to create and maintain and update content as needed. They also provide many tools and videos and ideas and suggestions about what is possible and ways to learn about making things not only look great, but also usable and interactive for the average visitor to our site. I have thoroughly enjoyed the freedom to create our own content and make the website our own in a very simple, easy and intuitive manner. I can't tell you how easy it has been to create and maintain an online presence for our youth and children and their parents in our community.

One of the things I really enjoy about SnapShot Web is that I can update content ANYTIME and ANYWHERE there is a web connection. I don't have to be on a special computer with special software attached to a special server. I can be literally anywhere and update and upload content as needed.  I can also embed videos from YouTube and Vimeo (virtually anywhere) on our website. Upload and link PDF documents for forms. Graphics and pictures and links are a breeze to do. Connect the site with Facebook, etc. It's been fun to upload and share curriculum and ideas and content with the world (via the internet), so not only do our local church community benefit from the connectedness and information, but the entire church community benefits from some of the things we do and share with everyone. I think it's fun doing that and the website has really helped with that. I can't imagine how much our current website would cost if we had to hire a firm to generate the current website we have... and we have created that!

By The SnapShot Web Team on 11/4/2009 7:49 AM

Does your Church Website need help?  Do you want a great looking website that is easy to manage and includes robust features like podcasts, forms, calendars, surveys, blogs, and more?

Custom Church Websites

We see lots of church websites every day. Some of these sites are being used as effective tools to reach their community. In contrast, some of these websites are in dire need of some serious help. That's where we come in.

Want a major makeover for your church website?

We're going to take a few of the church websites that are most in need and turn them into something beautiful, clean, and effective... for FREE. We'll help with design, layout, content, images, google ranking and more.

Give us a minute & fill out the survey to let us know why your church site needs serious help and you'll be entered to win.

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