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  1. 1. Church Websites: Getting Beyond A Cookie-Cutter Website. Presented By: John B. Abela
  2. 2. Session Topics <ul><li>Options : Build it yourself, or pay someone else? </li></ul><ul><li>DIY : What You Need To Know To Get Start. </li></ul><ul><li>DIY : Ways To Save Yourself Some Money. </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing : Some Things You Really Need To Know About Outsourcing. </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing : Questions To Ask Yourself And Your Development Firm. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Build it yourself, or pay someone else? <ul><li>Reasons To Build It Yourself: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier On The Pocket Book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customized Feature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Total Control Over Content & Code </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reasons To Outsource: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Less Learning Curve </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Possibly) Better Design & Code </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better Church Oversight ($$ makes things happen) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. DIY: What You Need To Know To Get Started (and before you start) <ul><li>Board Approval </li></ul><ul><li>Blueprint (aka: flowchart) </li></ul><ul><li>Secretarial Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Photographer </li></ul><ul><li>Experience With Code Development </li></ul><ul><li>Experience With Graphical Development </li></ul><ul><li>Experience With Setbacks & Delays </li></ul>
  5. 5. DIY : Ways To Save Yourself Some Money. <ul><li>Integrate Open Source Software: </li></ul><ul><li>cms: drupal, mambo forums: phorum, phpbb, vbulletin galleries: flickr.com api, lightbox js audio/video: loudblog, youtube blogging: christianblog.com api, wordpress </li></ul><ul><li>Buy Older Software Versions From Ebay: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Browsers: FireFox, Internet Explorer (ver 6 & 7), Opera. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text editors: Notepad, EditPlus, TextEdit(mac). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WYSIWYG: Dreamweaver, FrontPage. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>File Transfer Protocol: CuteFTP, WinSCP, SSH Secure Shell, FireFTP. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphics: Photoshop (expensive), Fireworks (cheaper). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hosting: I honestly don’t know a way… don’t do advertisements and don’t do cheap! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Outsourcing : Some Things You Really Need To Know About Outsourcing. <ul><li>Outsourcing Will Take Awhile! </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing Does Cost More! </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing Typically Produces Better Results! </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing Can Be A Royal Pain! </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing Is Demanding (quotes, text, images, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing Firms Can Be Demanding & Strict </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing Can Appease Hesitant Board Members. </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing Offers Long-Term Website Management. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Outsourcing : Questions To Ask Yourself And Your Development Firm. <ul><li>Do you have the resources to pull together all that a Development Firm is going to want and need? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have the ability to develop flowcharts? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have the budget for contracting a Development Firm? </li></ul><ul><li>Questions To Ask Yourself: </li></ul><ul><li>Do they have contracts and what do they cover and not cover? (add-on features can kill your pocket book) </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have to provide photographs or do they send a shooting crew out? </li></ul><ul><li>What internal standards do they have to meet the timeline? (and what in their contract guarantees you a timeline?) </li></ul><ul><li>How many template designs do they offer in the initial package price? </li></ul><ul><li>Questions To Ask The Development Firm: </li></ul>
  8. 8. Thank You For Coming! Please try to make it to my next session on “Christian Blogging” !!

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