2016 Best Web Site Building Platforms – Starting with Free!

2016 Best Web Site Building Platforms – Starting with Free!
How to Narrow Down the Countless Offers and Options for Building A Web Site If you want to build a web site there’s no shortage of options, starting with absolutely free and going up to custom platforms costing thousands of dollars. With so many choices available you could easy pick what seems to be a great offering, only to have it quickly become a huge regret. So let me help you cut through all the clutter of choices by offering you a short list of what I consider the top options on the market today. There are Basically Three Categories for Building a Web Site Most platforms and options fall...
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LWPRadio Interview: Greater Reach Through Web & Social Media

LWPRadio Interview: Greater Reach Through Web & Social Media
Recently, I was featured on a broadcast of Life With Purpose Radio, and interviewed by Dr. J. Robert White, Executive Director for the Georgia Baptist Convention. I was asked to share about the opportunities available to churches on the web. The interview is only about six minutes so please check it out and share your thoughts and insights as comments below. I have included both audio and transcript…   Listen to the Audio: https://webreadychurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/bdollar-lwpr-interview.mp3   Read the Transcript: Ron Lawson (Announcer):  Churches today must take every...
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Experimenting with Periscope – 3 Keys to Successful Broadcasting!

Experimenting with Periscope – 3 Keys to Successful Broadcasting!
Here is a great case study of how a Baptist State Convention is using Periscope successfully to reach their audience and expand their brand. The principles here can easily be applied to churches, ministries, non-profits and businesses. [Ed Note: If you have not yet heard of Periscope, read our previous post, “New $100 Million Social App ‘Periscope’ Great for Church Ministry!” ] Guest Blogger: Brian Harris, Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions Recently we held our first Periscope broadcast to announce the Christmas Backpacks for the Mississippi River Ministry...
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The Best Tips for Live Streaming Church Services

The Best Tips for Live Streaming Church Services
Does your church have a vision to make your worship services available to even those that couldn’t make it?  It’s a great thought and there are so many ways to make it happen. I first setup the church I was working at back in 2008 to live stream their services using UStream.tv. It was a free service, ad based support, and is still available now. Our goal was simple…use our existing setup that was built for TV broadcasting to also live stream our service for cheap. Our setup included four cameras and a switcher. Because of this setup we were able to send out multiple feeds…basically a...
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5 Tips For Using YouTube

5 Tips For Using YouTube
I’ve used multiple avenues for sharing videos, some names you may not even recognize. Remember Blip.tv? It’s still around. Google even had it’s own video sharing service before they bought YouTube and merged their videos into it. YouTube has really come into it’s own and evolved into a true social media platform…so much so that Facebook wants that share of the pie too (a post for another day). Here’s a few tidbits about YouTube that you’ll want to take advantage of. 1. Subscribers. Having subscribers is big. YouTube does this great thing and notifies your...
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Go “Live” with Your Church Services Online – FREE Platform!

Go “Live” with Your Church Services Online – FREE Platform!
Expand Your Church Audience Literally Around the World! Have you even experienced a church service online? I’m not talking about a recorded message on YouTube. I’m talking about a “Live” service where people can enter a virtual church, be greeted by a host, and interact with other attendees about the service and message being presented. The best example I’ve found of this kind of virtual church can be experienced on http://www.lifechurch.tv/. I want to encourage you to go there right now and see what I mean. They offer virtual “Live” services, multiple times...
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Two Simple Steps to Quick and Easy Websites for Churches!

Two Simple Steps to Quick and Easy Websites for Churches!
WebReadyChurch is expanding! After 2+ years of supporting churches with our blog and training events, this latest offering is in direct response to our number one request, “How can I get a simple and inexpensive church web site up and running when I don’t know anything about the web?” Introducing WebReadyChurch.net Ordering A Web Site for Your Church Is Easy: 1. Select A Theme > Click for live demos 2. Complete the Request Form Only $595.00 includes: set-up, domain name, design and the first year of hosting. Then only $10 per month for domain renewal and yearly hosting after the...
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2014 Best Platforms for Building A Web Site (starting with Free!)

2014 Best Platforms for Building A Web Site (starting with Free!)
How to Wade Through the Countless Options for Building A Web Site If you want to build a web site there’s no shortage of options, going from absolutely free to custom platforms costing thousands of dollars. With so many choices available you could easy pick what seems to be a great offering, only to have it quickly become a huge regret. So let me help you narrow down all the clutter into a short list of good choices. There are Basically Three Categories for Building a Web Site Most platforms and options fall into one of these three: Free, Self-hosting and Paid Partners. Following are my 2014...
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4 Keys to Get Started with Online Giving and Ecommerce

4 Keys to Get Started with Online Giving and Ecommerce
Is Your Church Ready for Online Giving? If you are, but do not know where to start, then maybe this article will be helpful to you. Establishing any type of online payments, donations or ordering system can be a daunting task even for a professional web designer. There are multiple layers that have to be in place for everything to work properly and securely. So I want to give a general overview of what is typically needed and also introduce two of our Partners, Halopays and Bluefire DonationsSystem, that are really trying to help Christian organizations get started with the right tools at the right...
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Case Study: Extreme Makeover for Georgia Baptist Convention

Case Study: Extreme Makeover for Georgia Baptist Convention
What Do You Do with an Over-grown Pet Alligator? It was once a fad among New Yorkers vacationing in Florida to bring back baby alligators for their children to raise as pets. These infant gators eventually grew up and outlived their cuteness, sad to say, at which point their desperate owners flushed them down the toilet to get rid of them. (I realize this could simply be an urban legend, but it does make for a great illustration…) A web site can be like that gator. It starts out cute enough, but over time, as people keep feeding it more and more content, the web site becomes way bigger than you...
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