Our team is very excited to launch our newly redesigned website. It has been a number of years and our old site was in need of a facelift. Our goal was to create a site that maintianed some classic elements, as well as, adding some modern elements. We always love to hear from you so please, when you have the opportunity let us know what you think.
Why we need a high quality website?
According to Pew Research Center the use of electronic devices is continuing to rise. 88% of all Americans use the internet, 77% have smartphones, 51% have tablets, 69% use social media. Yes, individuals and organizations need to promote their services on the internet. The best way to do this is to have a high quality, social media connected website.
When we look for information, where do we go? Of course, most reach for their phones, tablets or computers. Research shows that one of the first places consumers turn for information about a local busisness is the internet. Make no mistake, a high quality website is a powerful tool and will continue to be where most people turn for information.
Three great reasons why we need an effective on-line presence.
In this day and age having an effective website is more important than having a phone number. The first place we look for information is on the internet. Today, we all need an efficient, effective and visually engaging web presence.
Our next blog will contain some steps which are needed to create a high quality, effective and visually engaging website.
Featured Client – Whispertones.com
If you’re tired of looking through the mountains of greeting and note cards on the market that may have nice covers, say little, but cost an arm and a leg, you need to check out WhisperTones.com. We are a God-owned, family-run business that has been providing greeting cards to individuals and businesses for over 15 years. All of our messages, photos, and art work are the products of one of our family members and we consider WT more of a ministry than a business.
We have special features like “inspirational writings” sent in by our staff, customers, and log-in regulars. We have a mail-it-later service that allows you to schedule card purchases when a special occasion is approaching, and have an “oops” section where cards that are slightly imperfect can be purchased at great rates. Drop in and check us out. Even if you don’t need a card, give our inspirational section a chance to lift your spirits.
Featured Partner at the NRB Convention
Celebration Web Design (SKWD) had a busy month as we attended two conferences, the Florida Christian Writers Conference in Leesburg, FL and Proclaim17 NRB International Christian Media Convention in Orlando. The Christian Writers Conference is always a blessing. We had the opportunity to see old friends and to meet new ones. The NRB convention was also a blessing in a different way. We shared a booth with one of our partners, Pastor Dan Allen, The Nathanael Project. We have worked with Dan over the past few years and helped him develop three websites; Joy in Jesus Ministries, 800 Follow Me and the Nathanael Project.
The kickoff for the Nathanael Project was at the NRB convention. The Nathanael Project is uniquely designed to light a spark under church folk when it comes to sharing their faith. The program explains the need to, preparation for, and tools to assist in sharing the Gospel in a non-confrontational manner. This project is an all-inclusive eight-week program for churches. The story of Nathanael can be found by reading John 1:43-51.
I want to share how God gave us the opportunity to witness at the convention. As people walked by, the first question out of Dan’s mouth was, “Do you have a Nathanael?” The comments were very interesting. Most thought of their relatives and when they didn’t have a Nathanael, they said no. The next question Dan asked, “Are you a follower of Christ?”, many replied yes. Others were brutally honest and replied I don’t think so or no, I am not where I should be. In the time I was with Dan, I heard 5 individuals say they were not following Christ. Two of the no responses amazed me as they were workers from a booth with the theme “Freedom for Prayer.” As a believer, I would think it would be very difficult to talk about freedom of prayer if you did not know the one to whom you are praying.
I am sharing this because, of all the conferences I have attended over the years, I really did not think about sharing my faith. We were there to offer ministries website development solutions. I assumed the people we talked with were believers. I’m not sure how many opportunities I’ve missed over the years, but I do know after sharing a booth with Pastor Dan and seeing how God used him, I will be looking for opportunities to share my faith at the next conference.
Do you have a Nathanael? I would guess that if you are a follower of Christ you probably do. Maybe it’s a neighbor, friend, relative or co-worker. Tragically, only about twenty percent of Christians share their faith. As Dan puts it, ” That has to change if we are going to be Matthew 28:19-20 Christians.” Like me, I hope you are looking for opportunities to share your faith with your Nathanael and others.
To learn more about the Nathanael Project visit: http://thenathanaelproject.com.
Our next blog will feature another partner Whispertones, a Christian Ohio Greeting Card Company
Our latest update now allows release time to be set as well as the post date. The release time will no longer default to 12:00 am, you decide what post time you want to display. Enter the start date, hour and minute.
Blog Picture Facebook Issue has been resolved. Facebook was not recognizing pictures uploaded to your blog if the filename of the picture contained blanks or spaces. All blanks & spaces will now be automatically removed so your picture will display correctly on facebook.
Another request – blog replies - In the management system you will now be able to reply to a coment during the review process. Add your reply to a comment and an automatic email will be sent to the email address that was entered informing them of your reply. We also added a link in the email that allows direct access to your reply.
Standard/Text Page Timeout – While editing a standard/text page, if your session times out, you can now log back in without losing you work.
A Partner Requested Social Media Update
We have just completed the update for Facebook’s Open Graph and Twitter’s Card protocols. Open Graph allows you to take control over how your content appears on Facebook. We also updated Twitter so when you post a link to your blog it will be formatted into a twitter card.
Traffic to Your Site
In the past we almost exclusively used Search Engines to drive traffic to our websites, but lately, social media has become very important in driving traffic. SEO still exists but social media networks are starting to top the list for site referrals. To increase traffic to your website use social media, it will help you to generate tremendous online exposure.
Even if you don’t pay financially for social media, you pay for it with time and hard work. Is the time worth it, in most cases it is.
The below information is from Dominique Jackson, Sprout Social, August 23, 2016
People use Social Media for many personal reasons but now it’s time to use it for business reasons. You will be surprised how using Social Media can help drive people to your website.
You Don’t have anything extra to do for Facebook!
In your EZ-CMS blog management system, just make sure to fill out you meta description and meta keywords and the system will do the rest. It’s really that simple.
Go to: https://cards-dev.twitter.com/validator
Past your latest blog link and then hit preview card! You are now approved. Everytime you tweet a blog post link, it will appear as a twitter card.
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