Church Website Development

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St. Vincent Catholic Church Website Project

This Delray Beach, FL Catholic church has provided 73 years of service to the community. The design of the old site needed to be refreshed and redesigned. With a growing and active congregation, the new site was supplied with calendar applications to schedule and share events, on-page SEO, custom administrative back-end, and custom security features which allow the leaders of each organization to manage their own section of the new website.

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NEEDS ASSESSMENT

The first step was to assess the needs of the church to find out where the old site wasn't meeting their needs. It was obvious that the original site didn't "look good," but there was an underlying problem with the site's functionality and ability to communicate events happening at the church, as well.  

We began with a Website Questionnaire that we've developed to provide guidance and structure to our conversations. We set up a series of meetings with the staff at the church to identify issues.

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SITE DESIGN

We came up with 3 different designs to meet the needs of the church for review, feedback and approval. At our suggestion, we turned this step into a contest involving the whole back office of the church to pick the right church website design for St. Vincent's. The 3 different designs were sent by email to the entire office and everyone was asked to vote for their favorite. The below version won the contest.

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WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE CHURCH

The Website Development process took longer than normal (at 60 days) due to the back and forth nature of review and approval process and several of the staff members needed for approval were unavailable. We kept the church staff updated and involved during the entire process.

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BACK-END SUCCESS

One of the important areas of this website project isn't able to be seen by the visitor on the front-end of the site. A great deal of work was involved in customizing the administration area of the website to make it appear simple so that the office staff has the ability to update the site themselves without need to learn code. Permissions were also important for the church. Because their community is so large and they have so many organizations with their own needs we built a system where each missionary group would be able to have access to their own piece (page) of the website and could access the administration area for ONLY their permitted page. That allows the church to maintain the content throughout the site by having content on the site go through a multiple step review and approval workflow to ensure that what the public sees is an accurate voice of the church, while allowing for flexibility for each sub-organization to control their own information for their group.

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David is the CEO and founder of Web SEO and Design LLC. When David isn't writing blogs showing how do make the most of your online marketing efforts, or working on client strategy, he enjoys spending time with his family, checking out the local Delray Beach scene, and watching silly pet videos on YouTube.