It feels good to have a new website.
Like, really good.
Our whole team was like,
The site has come a long, long way. I looked back at Wayback Machine to see what it looked like in the past, but I'll also show you the breakdown here.
The original site then went through its first major design overhaul (courtesy of my wife and our family group brother) in 2011. The biggest changes were aligning the site with the branding of the church, as well as the design trends at that time (floral vines, skeuomorphic user interface, etc.) The redesign worked great and the feedback of the site from the community was positive.
However we quickly realized that maintaining the site was a challenge.
- The site would break when there was an update to the CMS (content management system), because everything was custom built.
- Using the carousel on the homepage for announcements was a poor solution. It ate up important real estate on the home page that could've been used to point newcomers to more important information. Actually, the organization of all information was cumbersome in general and needed to be addressed.
- Responsive design was starting to become important, but we launched without it.
After many conversations at family group (by the way the entire website team is in The Breakfast Club), we decided to move forward with Squarespace as our new CMS. Our biggest problem was content. So it made sense to move to a platform that provided us with solid design from the get go. That way our developers focused strictly on migration/database issues, and our designers focused on refining the content. Previously, we were burning too many resources on just maintenance. Squarespace allows us to off load that responsibility onto their team, so that we keep content as our priority.
The reason why I keep stressing content is because in 2014, I think we could've done a much better job engaging with you, our community on the internet. Since we care deeply about growing and fostering a community, I believe having a stronger digital presence can help you strengthen the bonds you have with people around you; or to help you create new bonds as well.
This year, I believe God helped us realize that we should create with more intent.
To be better shepherds of his message.
So our hope is that we will deliver it in a quality-over-quantity approach, that is impactful to you and His Kingdom.
We really hope you find the new website more useful. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.