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Website Creation Help for Congregations

Helping UUs Make Effective Websites

An effective website is one that clearly communicates who you are, what you do, and why it matters. It is one of the most visible communications tools a congregation has. Even with the rise of social media, websites remain essential: they are your virtual front door

These tips and tools from the Unitarian Universalist Association's Web Team can help you build and maintain an effective website.

General Tips

  • Start with something simple to establish an online presence and invite people to visit.
  • The General Assembly 2014 workshop Updating Your Web Presence offers a treasure-trove of resources for building strong congregational websites.
  • North is a set of standards and best practices for developing modern web based properties.

Policies

Hosting

Design / Content Management Systems

  • Whether you code the site yourself or decide to use a Content Management System (CMS) with a pre-made theme, we have resources to help you design your site's look and feel.

Content

  • Our content guidelines take you from simple beginnings to a thorough checklist, and include writing tips and ready-made content like web banners and social media plug-ins.
  • Congregational treasurers offer some recommendations for accepting online donations or pledge payments.

Usability & Accessibility

  • "Usability" refers to the ease with which people can use a website in order to achieve their goal.
  • An accessible website doesn't exclude visitors due to their abilities, or the method they choose to access the web.

Promote Your Site

Additional Help

There are a number of people and resources that can help you develop a great web presence.

Subscribe to the Websters Email List, For UU congregation and organizational webweavers.

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For more information contact web@uua.org.