Month: October 2017

Tech to use

Trying to decide on what tech to use can easily result in somebody in serious analysis paralysis. Want to skip the research and just be told a working set of tech to use for your meeting? I got your back. TL;DR This is a long post. Don’t feel like reading the whole thing? The tech stack I suggest if you don’t have a compelling reason to do something different is: Website: WordPress; see list of suggested plugins Email announcements: Mailchimp Online giving: Tithe.ly Church management: Breeze, possibly with Planning Center Online for programmed worship Counting people: Church Metrics Website There...

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Suggested WordPress plugins

I like to recommend WordPress because the library of WordPress plugins is massive. I’d like to call attention to some that I used for my meeting’s site:  WP Church Center adds a central hub for people to learn about and take whatever their next step in involvement, whether that’s “sign up for Intro to Quakers,” “join a small group,” or “get involved in committee service.” This is a free alternative to Nucleus, which costs about $90/mo. Combined with a custom app icons plugin, you can save this central hub to your phone. WPML – for bilingual meetings this adds a...

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Web design in 2017

Maybe you know your website is outdated, but you don’t know what would make it look current. Here are some observations and opinions about web design in 2017 and how to look current. And yes, looking outdated can be a problem, because websites are for newcomers. When a seeker finds a website that looks like it hasn’t been updated in five years, they wonder “is this group still around?” In fact, a pair of first time guests at my meeting a few weeks ago explicitly told me they’d ruled out the first meeting in their Google results because the website...

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Don’t forget that Bulletin Board

Our Meeting (Fresh Pond Meeting, MA) rents our worship space.  This means we do not have a permanent display area for attenders and visitors to pick up information.  Having this information is very important for our greeter to answer questions, for newcomers to have a “takeaway” about our worship, and to share important news with attenders who may not be online.  I inherited this board a few weeks ago, and decided to rehab it.  Here’s some learnings that may be of help! Firstly, I found everything was out of date.  A calendar where all the dates had passed.  An...

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Websites are for newcomers

Meeting websites are for newcomers. I know most meetings’ websites don’t act like it, but that’s what they should be for. Story time A few weeks ago, I was sitting in the meetingroom during introductions after meeting for worship. A couple in their late 20s stood directly behind me and said: I’m X and this is my partner Y. Like any millennials, we found you online. You have a great website! (My meeting is Adelphi Friends, if you’d like to take a look at our website.) I did a little happy-dance 💃🏼 in my seat, as the web developer who...

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