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Is Your Website Mobile Friendly?

Earlier this month, Google changed its search algorithms to promote websites that it believes are mobile-friendly.  The reverse is, unfortunately, also true.  It will demote sites that are not mobile friendly.  With more and more of the Internet traffic being on mobile devices, it is critically important that your church website be mobile friendly.  Remember, […]

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Parish Apps – Yes, there is now an App for That

“There’s an App For That” is a phrase now embedded in our modern lexicon that has finally come to our local parishes.  Over the past year a few Catholic Parish apps have emerged on the market that has caused quite a bit of excitement within many parishes. I was initially somewhat skeptical of the value […]

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Video Ideas for Your Parish Website

More and more parishes are starting to incorporate video on their website. Video can be a great way of demonstrating what your parish has to offer and video is becoming a very common way for people on the Internet to learn and explore. I’ve received requests from churches on how to videotape and publish their […]

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Ten Tips for Recording Video on Your Phone

Videos are a great way to connect with visitors to your website and nearly everyone has a powerful video camera in their pocket–their smartphone. With a little practice and these few tips you can create great footage for your website. In addition to livening up your website, videos are also a great way to connect to […]

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Get Your Technical Training at Digital Discipleship Bootcamp

Get Your Technical Training at Digital Discipleship Bootcamp

Ever wonder how to create a blog like this?  Manage your church’s website?  Or grow your social media presence? Then the Digital Discipleship Bootcamp (DDBC) may be for you.  This Bootcamp is run by Sister Caroline Cerveny.  I’ve never attended this bootcamp but have seen Sister Caroline present before.  If you’re looking to get started […]

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Is Your Online Donation System Ready for Advent?

Advent is a season of celebration and anticipation as Catholics worldwide await the coming of the Lord Jesus. Advent is also a season when churches are so full it can be hard to find a seat at mass.  Every year churches scramble to find extra staff and volunteer resources. The church needs to be decorated […]

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Advent Calendars Online

My kids are now teenagers, but my wife still buys them the chocolate Advent Calendars.  They still love them and open up the little paper windows dutifully every day.  I was surprised to find a few online Advent calendars.  No chocolate in these, but a little inspiration sprinkled with humor never hurt anyone. Thanks to […]

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Introducing LPI’s Art & Media Portal

I need to start this post out with an apology.  Actually, I need to apologize twice, first for being woefully tardy in posting lately and second for posting an advertorial.  I’ve tried not to let my work at Liturgical Publications (LPi) permeate through this blog.  This blog is about the intersection of the technology and […]

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Should There Be A Standard for Mass Times?

Should There Be A Standard for Mass Times?

If someone is just visiting a Catholic Church website, there’s a good chance they’re looking for the church’s Mass times.  Unfortunately, too many church websites still don’t have their mass times updated regularly.  While I’d love to solve that issue, it probably can only be accomplished one one church at a time.  The one issue, […]

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Making the Most Out of Using and Securing Your Parish Data

Making the Most Out of Using and Securing Your Parish Data

I had the opportunity at this year’s ICSC Conference to do a presentation on securing your parish data.  There are some simple steps and approaches you can take to noticeably improve your church’s data security. Here’s my presentation from ICSC 2013.  

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Half of All Catholics Have No Idea that their Church has any Internet Presence

Half of All Catholics Have No Idea that their Church has any Internet Presence

I read an interesting summary of the state of Media and the Catholic Church by Greg Erlandson from OSV today.  It’s well worth a read with Greg providing a very good overview of media and the Catholic Church and where we need to go. One statement he made just caused me to stop in my […]

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Social Media’s Impact on the Church

Social Media’s Impact on the Church

I received an email from my Archbishop about a week ago.  You can read the text of the letter here in blog form, http://www.archmil.org/Our-Faith/Blogs/Archbishop-Listecki/JEL-20130626.htm. The contents of the email and the blog addresses the priest sexual abuse scandal, its impact on those affected, what the diocese did about it and what they continue to do […]

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Cloud-based Backup Solutions

Cloud-based Backup Solutions

I had the opportunity at this year’s Diocesan Information Services Conference, DISC 2013, to do a presentation on cloud-based backup solutions.  These solutions still have one core challenge which is bandwidth, but for churches with limited to no IT support personnel they’re potentially simple and affordable solution to backing up and safeguarding your data. Here’s […]

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Less is More in User Input Form Design

Less is More in User Input Form Design

My web team at work has been designing a lot of user input form for websites lately.  When creating a Contact Us, Registration, Payment, or really any kind of form, there’s a natural inclination to try and capture as much information as possible.  The user is typing data in, so why not ask them for […]

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The Pros and Cons of Credit Card Merchant Accounts for Your Church

The Pros and Cons of Credit Card Merchant Accounts for Your Church

As more and more churches look at online giving, the topic of needing a Credit Card Merchant Account invariable comes up.  Of the major online giving solutions you see in Catholic Churches these days, its pretty well evenly split between those that require a credit card merchant account and those who do not.  If you’re […]

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CRS’ Virtual Votive Website

CRS’ Virtual Votive Website

Sure, I know that this a marketing campaign to obtain email addresses of committed Catholics, BUT what a wonderful campaign it is!  It serves a purpose, adds value to the user, and clearly lets you opt in or out of additional emails. Take 2 minutes, light a virtual calendar and submit your prayer. Let’s help […]

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Backing Up Your Parish’s Data

Backing Up Your Parish’s Data

Chances are in every diocese this year, at least one of each diocese’s parishes will suffer from a catastrophic data loss.  I’m sure you’ve heard a similar story:  a hard drive crash, spilled coffee or even theft and the all important PC or MAC with the parish’s Church Management System, QuickBooks files, census data, and/or […]

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An Open Source Church Management Software?

An Open Source Church Management Software?

I just ran across Church Info, which bills itself as an Open Source Church Management Software.  This would be a huge development in the Church Management System world.  I’d love to talk to a church or two that’s using this product, does anyone know of a church using this software?  If so, please add a […]

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