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    5 Blogs Every Church Website Administrator Should Read

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    MonApr232012 ByBryan YoungTaggedChurch Communications
    We all look for inspiration and advice from people smarter than us. For people who create websites, the challenge is finding which of the many "experts" are everything they claim. Good news -- we've done that work for you. Here are five blogs and online magazines you should start reading today.


    1. Katya's Non-Profit Marketing Blog

    www.nonprofitmarketingblog.com
    This blog from Katya Andreson, Chief Strategist for online giving platform Network for Good, drops a lot of knowledge in her regular posts. Entries give insight on how to market your non-profit to your regular supporters, as well as people just discovering you. She explains how to communicate your mission through telling stories of those you've impacted personally. She also shares ways to increase online giving, and promotes books and other resources on marketing trends.

    Favorite recent post:
    The Five Words That Made Women Give 20% More


    2. UX Magazine

    www.uxmagazine.com
    You won't find any fluff on this preeminent online magazine about User Experience (UX). Each article is deep, challenging, and full of information on website user behavior and how to make your website user friendly. Diverse writers provide a broad array of viewpoints, from the psychology of UX design to why storytelling is important. If you want to make your website users happy (you do, don't you?), UX Magazine is invaluable.

    Favorite recent post:
    Five Popular Web Strategies That Don't Work


    3. Mashable

    www.mashable.com
    Things in web world change every day -- sometimes even quicker. To stay ahead of the game, follow this social media and web news agency. Since Facebook regularly revamps their system (Timeline, anyone?) and new social media websites explode almost overnight, keeping informed is vital to any organization who uses social media to communicate. Just as valuable are the best-practice articles Mashable posts on topics like website content, marketing, and website creation.

    Favorite recent post:
    Content Markting: 5 Non-Profit Success Stories to Learn From


    4. A List Apart

    www.alistapart.com
    "For people who make websites" is this online magazines subtitle and mission. Here you'll find tons of articles on workflow and project management, design, content, and user experience. What you won't find is light reading. Each feature is packed with wisdom from seasoned website developers that you'll probably want to print out, highlight, and re-read.

    Favorite recent posts:
    A Checklist for Content Work
    Audiences, Outcomes, and Determining User Needs


    5. iMinistries Blog

    www.iministries.org/blog
    Building and maintaining a church website is no easy task. It takes special people with a broad array of talents and a deep understanding of ministry. When we present compelling ideas, church website inspiration, and useful advice to our readers, we speak from experience -- from building and maintaining church websites ourselves. So we hope this experience gives us perspective into what you need and what your users seek.

    Favorite recent post:
    What Makes a Healthy Online Presence for Churches? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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