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May 19th, 2009

If you are a website designer could you offer to build some free church website templates? Of course you get an acknowledgment on this site and the chance to add your details to a text file in the set.

There are just a few rules and these are they:

1. The design must be simple – we are looking for designs that are easy on the eye but also simple to use so that they can be edited by whoever needs to edit them.

2. If there is a main image it should be easy to change – I’m very flexible on this one but most churches like to add their own picture to the template to personalise it and if the image is split up and interwoven into the design this makes it impossible.

3. Include a logo image – again the logo images needs to be easy to change. Use the main logo from a major denomination to start with and try to copy whatever colours the denomination generally uses (e.g. Purple for CofE, Red for Methodist, etc).

4. Make the colours easy to change if possible.

5. Make it easy to add content – for me this means using tables for layout because CSS layout can get confusing for novice users.

6. Create, as minimum standard, home page, about us page and contact page.

7. Once built include a simple text file called readme.txt that explains the template and how to make changes e.g. create new logo image and upload it to the site. Include your details in this file.

Always remember that these templates will be used by people who know nothing about websites. Most of them don’t understand html and will be wanting to edit their sites in free software. This makes it a big challenge to get done so whatever you can do to make life easier is always welcome.

If you do decide you would like to offer a free template then please contact me first (chris@webchristian.org.uk) and we can start the process. I reserve the right to refuse any free templates offered  – sorry but I’ve seen some pretty bad ones and I only want to offer good quality.

Many thanks.

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