Get a Free Professional Review of Your Website

website review and critiqueWe’ve been trying all kinds of new things here at Christian Web Trends with the goal of helping you communicate more effectively online.  Today I’m excited to announce another experiment towards that goal.

Wednesday Website Reviews

Every Wednesday, starting January 13, we are going to post a review of one of our readers’ websites here on this blog.

Honest feedback is very important to improving a website.  Unfortunately honest feedback is very difficult to get because few people want to risk hurting anybody’s feelings.  So, once a week we are going to give one of you honest feedback about your site, and we’ll invite other readers to offer their feedback as well.

If you really want to improve your website and your online communications in 2010, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss out on.

Here are the rules and review request guidelines:

A) If you’d like us to consider posting a review of your website, you must start by posting a request to the “Request your free professional website review” topic in our forums.  In that post, you need to answer the following 9 questions, which will help us provide you with guidance.

  1. Your name
  2. The name of your organization
  3. The URL of the site you’d like reviewed
  4. What did you use to create the site? (Dreamweaver? HTML? WordPress? An online web builder? Paid a designer to create it for you?)
  5. Who is the target audience of your website? People already involved in your organization? Prospective buyers? Teens? Their parents?
  6. What are you trying to accomplish with your website?
  7. What is your 2010 budget for your website?
  8. What if any goals have you set for your website in 2010.
  9. Why do you want a professional review of your website?

If you don’t answer all 9 questions, your site will not be considered.

B) We will not review free, ad-supported sites, even those hosted by OurChurch.Com.  Sorry, but if you can’t scrounge up $5-$10 a month into your site to pay for hosting, I question you’re commitment to having a quality site.

C) You must post a meaningful comment to the blog during the previous week.  The idea behind the Wednesday Website Reviews (and Christian Web Trends as a whole) is that we as a community help each other get better at online communications.  That means you’re not just receiving but also contributing.  So, if you want to be considered for next week’s review, post a meaningful comment to any of this week’s posts.  If you’re site is not reviewed next week, you must post a meaningful comment next week to be considered for the following week.  Cool?

D) You must be able to handle constructive criticism. We are going to try our best to speak the truth in love and not hold anything back.

That’s it.

If you have any comments or questions post them below in the comments.  If not, we hope you’ll participate and both request a review and comment on the review of other sites.

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

21 Responses to “Get a Free Professional Review of Your Website”

  1. I think this is a great thing that you are doing. I hope I can answer all the questions… some of them I'm not sure about.

  2. I hope so too. They're not intended to be difficult. But the audience and goals should drive the look, layout, and functionality of a website. The tools and budget will give us an idea of what limitations you may have to work within.

  3. This is a great idea. There is a definite need for good, active community for Christian websites. I have just submitted my website for the review.

  4. My websites are in Spanish, may I still submit them for reviewing?
    Thanks

  5. Wow, great question, Carlos. There would definitely be some parts of the review I couldn't do, but maybe that's where the community part of this fits in. Perhaps others could comment specifically on the parts that require an understanding of the Spanish language. I hope you'll submit a site for review and we'll see how it goes.

  6. ok these are good information to help us do better

  7. Excellent idea, iron sharpens iron! We represent a Creator who is perfect in what He does, we should give of our best, using the talents He has gifted to us. I will be definitely be submitting my website for review

  8. This is truly awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I sent out several emails for people to critique the site I created for our women's ministry.
    Even though I am in college (online) for Web-design-Interactive media.I got a long way to go, after all I am 54. This will certainly help me in more ways than one and others as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Oh I thank "God" for you OCC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Wow tjhis is great.I wish I could contribute but financies are stopping.I urge you to think about those who cannot afford because we also like the good.

  10. Paul, Bless you for doing this! I have submitted a request for a review and yes I can take constructive criticism… HELP!!! I agree with your post on being willing to invest in a good website. The problem I have come across is that the cost of having someone design one for us is prohibitive at this time. I had a friend who had this done for his Church and paid $2000.00. He told me that he liked the site I designed better and I just used online tools from the host company. But I know we can be doing a much better job. Thank you once again.

  11. I just posted a request for professional review of my website. I am confident that this review would help me tremendously in managing and improving my website. Thanks in anticipation.

  12. Thanks for this great opportunity for constructive help. I have very little knowledge about websites so would greatly appreciate any help!! Thanks so much for offering this opportunity. I do think it is good that you require us to make a comment and participate and be involved on our end as well.

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