It doesn't have to be hard to design an effective website for your congregation; simpler is usually better in any case! Whether you choose to program 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.
Consider usability and accessibility testing early and often in your design process.
Even if all you have to start with are black-and-white wireframes, it's not too early to get user feedback. Avoid getting deeply invested in any particular design before realizing you’ve neglected to make space for something critical. And if you start building your site with accessibility in mind (for mobile browsers as well as for assistive technologies), you’ll be so much happier than if you end up having to re-do everything in order to accommodate them.
A Content Management System (CMS) requires some technical knowledge to set up (many web hosting companies today offer installation and support for popular CMS programs like Wordpress, Drupal, and Joomla), but the advantage of using a CMS is that people with little or no technical knowledge can easily update and maintain the content of the site.
One of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Websters, John Cooper, has written a helpful comparison article: When to pick Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla or another web system?
For more information contact web @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Monday, February 3, 2014.
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