Great Website Design for Religious Communities
Face it — the internet is how young people today are making a connection with the outside world. Nearly every Catholic organization has a website. When someone graduates from high school or college today, they have done their homework on laptop computers, and researched their papers on the internet. Among these are good Catholics searching the web to find their God-given vocation.
Great Catholic Websites will usher your religious community into the world wide web, or enhance your web presence. We will enable you to take advantage of Vatican II’s call for “the modern means of communication.” Pope Benedict has called on the Church to use the internet as well.
When it comes to a website, you will get a site specifically designed, with unique, attractive artwork — not a plain Jane look — that will reflect the charism of your community. Your website will be optimized for online searches, which means it can be found easily by search engines. Your site will have pictures of your community, a description of your life, a spam-protected link to your email address, flash (moving imagery) and other features.
Great Catholic Websites can make videos for your website or YouTube. We have experience, and our videos have gotten thousands of views.
We can also set up pay per click ads, and help you set up an enewsletter — great a way to keep in touch with friends and interested candidates.
The Great Catholic Websites team consists of skilled web designers and programmers with a vast amount of skill and dedication to the Church — all to bring you high-quality web services.
How and Why of Websites
Pope John Paul II has encouraged Catholics to use the internet to spread the Gospel, and Church experts have urged the use of the net. (See our page on Papal/Church statements). Religious communities use a website as the word’s window to their own life and calling. They are also using email, and e-newsletters to communicate with friends and aspirants.
Your Community’s Website
Every community should have its own website. It is not necessary for your community to have its own computer, or even a “geek” who knows about this stuff. We’ll put your phone number and address on the site. Our sites are designed using content management software, in which anyone with a computer with an internet connection can make changes on their site with the use of a password. If you can make a Word document, you will be able to use our system, and we will train you to do so.
Building a simple website is possible for the amateur, but a good website takes some expertise. Even if the design of a website is presentable, if it does not follow the rules of image handling, copy writing, web marketing, search engine optimization and the many other aspects of web development, it will not do its job properly.
What’s in a Domain Name?
What does it mean to have your own website, and domain name? When you have a website, you have your own domain name, such as www.hereiamlord.net. On the other hand, when you have a webpage “parked” on someone else’s website, you usually won’t have more than one page.
Some Tips on Using Your Website
Your website visitors like new material, and so do search engines. Put up new pictures, text, and of course, change all dated material. This will keep your friends coming back. The changes will also will give you higher rankings on internet search engines, such as www.google.com. And oh, update those “come and see” retreat dates.
Active communities, especially those that work in the communications or educational apostolate, should have someone trained in this area with a computer in their house to answer email and take advantage of finding information on the world wide web. It takes some computer knowledge, but the training is well worth the effort.
What About Printed Material?
Keep printing your brochures and newsletters — as long as they bring results. And put your web address on them, and on your letterhead. Your website will enhance your printed material. Compared to printed material, websites can be updated more quickly, and there are no handling or postage fees. Websites can reach new people, too. Sending emails to individuals, or e-newsletters to many people, is inexpensive and quick. You can build relationships with friends and potential vocations in less time.
Keep Up With it all at VocationPromotion.com
Visit our blog at VocationPromotion.com to keep up with news and tips about promoting vocations on the internet. We also recommend reading our whitepaper, Seven Proven Ways to Drive Vocations to Your Website.
TFC’s Basic Link Program
To increase the number of website visits to religious communities, Great Catholic Websites now offers an attractive link program. With this program, incoming links from major religious websites and blogs are obtained, which will send visitors to your website. Click here for our TFC Basic Link Program (PDF).
Three Mistakes Religious Communities Make
Read our new white paper, Three Mistakes Religious Communities Make with their Websites. You’ll find the most common blunders made with the internet by communities. Are you guilty of any of them?