Have you seen this at your church?
You get into June and July and everyone at your church starts going on vacation. You go out of town yourself and maybe miss a Sunday or two. You get back into town and wonder what’s going on at church, so you go to the church website only to find that it hasn’t been updated for weeks.
Turns out the person who updates your church’s website has been on vacation too, so now everybody’s out of the loop.
Here are 3 tips to prevent this from happening at your church.
1) Use an online content management system (CMS).
If your church website is done by someone using desktop website development software like Dreamweaver or (cringe) Frontpage, you are hosed when that person is unavailable. A better option is to switch to an online content management system. You can go with a conventional web hosting account and install a CMS like Joomla, Drupal, or WordPress. Or, many web hosting accounts come with a pre-installed web builder, like we do with our NE1 Web Builder.
This gives you the ability to update your church website from any web-accessible computer. It also makes it easier for you to have more than one person updating your website. Which leads to tip #2…
2) Train more than one person to update your website
If your church uses a content management system, make sure you have at least one back-up person who can update the website when the person primarily responsible for that is out of town, sick, or otherwise unavailable.
3) Create a plan
Before the person who updates your church website bolts to the Bahamas for 3 weeks, put together a plan for how things will work when they’re gone. Make sure all staff and key volunteers know when the person is going to be unavailable, who is responsible for updating the website in the interim, how to contact them, what the deadlines are, etc.
Do you have a plan in place to make sure your church doesn’t drop the communications ball over the summer? If so, what does it look like?[image by valentinap]