55 of the Best Church Website Designs

Long Hollow Baptist Church

For many churches the website is an invaluable communications tool. The website can be extremely useful for helping new people to find the church, which can increase the growth of the church. Also, the website can help regular attenders and church members to get information on programs and events of the church.

Despite the enormous possibilities for church websites, many of them are ineffective. With that in mind let’s take a detailed look at the subject of church websites, what makes them effective, and showcase some of the best examples.

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The Secret to Telling a Memorable Story With Your Brand

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Good stories leave a lasting impression. Even if the audience can’t remember exact details, years down the road, they will still remember if it was “awesome,” “horrible,” “sad,” “funny,” and even to what degree of emotion the story evoked. Brands who have a strong story provide the same long term results as a movie or story. And just as with a poor or boring story that is easily forgotten, a brand without a stand out story is quickly forgotten and replaced.

Graphic designers, web designers, web developers, illustrators, design agencies, and others in the graphic design field have to stand out from the competition. If you have a unique skill set, then you probably won’t have trouble finding work or clients. But web designers and graphic designers seem to be found in abundance these days, so creating a brand that prospects and clients remember long after an encounter with you is vital.

Turning your graphic design brand into a memorable story is one powerful way to stand out from the online sea of designers. With a strong story, you make yourself more personal and, therefore, easy to approach. You make yourself real, and clients want to connect with real people, not a company. A story told well also evokes strong emotions, which last longer than a plot line, making it that much more likely that customers will remember you years down the road…

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When Great Sites Get Penalized: The VandelayDesign.com Eventual Comeback Story

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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Joe Sinkwitz (@CygnusSEO), a veteran SEO and Chief of Revenue for CopyPress.com. 

Though I don’t have all the details, I’m pretty sure when Panda 4.0 rolled out, it wasn’t heralded as a fantastic day and cause for celebration by the team at Vandelaydesign.com. Why? Simply put, *BANG*…stagger…stagger…*THUD*.

If you’ve run enough sites for a long enough time, you’ve come across similar feelings, where for at least a fleeting moment you have the dull dagger of uncertainty thrust into your hopes and dreams. Getting slapped by Panda is no different of a feeling when you realize what happened, but the great news for Vandelay is they can have their Rocky Balboa moment, get back up, and continue fighting.

I know what you’re thinking; who is this guy? My name is Joe Sinkwitz, a guy from CopyPress that appreciates great design and great designers. How did this come about? Twitter!

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43 Brilliant Free jQuery Image Gallery/Slider Plugins (And 14 Tutorials to Make Your Own)

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jQuery image galleries (also known as homepage sliders, slideshows or image carousels) have become more and more common on websites since the inception of jQuery in 2006. Designers and Photographers are especially attracted to them because they allow you to present many beautiful images in an interesting way. You can easily load up multiple images in the carousel and present them in a single position on your site without taking up too much room.

However, there are several issues with using jQuery Image Gallery/Sliders that you should be aware of before you jump the gun and add one to your homepage. They aren’t ideal for every type of website, and in some instances they could actually hurt your website.

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Win a Free One Month Membership from CrocoBlock

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*Sponsored* We have teamed up with the new WordPress theme club, CrocoBlock to offer six lucky winners the chance to win a one-month membership at CrocoBlock worth $55, $75 or $95. The price depends on the membership plan you win (Standard, Developer, Premium).

Crocoblock is a new WordPress Theme Club. At the moment, there are over 70 WP themes on the site, but the CrocoBlock team keeps working and adds 2 new themes every week. Click to continue reading and learn how you can enter to win a membership.

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How to Stop Putting Off That Rate Increase and Double Your Income

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You know that popular story? The one about the brilliant creative genius who lives in a run-down one room apartment because he or she can’t afford anything more. That artist is starving, but never fear, the story always has a happy ending right? Once the artist dies, their work will be appreciated and they will become a household name and live forever in the art history books!

But wait a minute. There’s something very wrong with this scenario.

First of all, it’s not a happy ending if the artist has to die to succeed. Secondly, I don’t want to live like that. Do you? The story makes a good plot for a novel or a movie, but it’s not something any of us want to live. And we shouldn’t have to. Don’t live this stereotype!

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10 Practical SEO Tips for E-Commerce Websites

Getting your e-commerce site at or near the top of the rankings for your targeted keywords and phrases can lead to a massive increase in sales. The problem is that SEO can be a real challenge for e-commerce sites. There are a few major aspects of the typical SEO process that don’t always work very well with e-commerce sites, and this often results in poor rankings and very little search traffic. Google, now more than ever, wants to see pages with unique and original content, and a lot of it. Many product pages on e-commerce sites are very light on content with brief product descriptions, and in some cases the content is duplicated across a number of different product pages. Link building is another major challenge, because getting quality links to e-commerce sites and product pages is not easy.

In this article we’ll take a detailed look at the topic of SEO for e-commerce websites. Everything that will be covered is very practical and can be realistically achieved to help increase traffic for your own e-commerce site, or for a client.

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10 Sexy Ways to Integrate Social Media With Your E-Commerce Website

Social media is often regarded as one of the best ways to attract visitors and to grow the audience of a website or blogging. Social media and blogging work very well together, but typically social media and e-commerce do not complement each other as well. Getting users to share products that are for sale is much more of a challenge than getting blog readers to share an interesting post with their friends and followers.

However, that doesn’t mean that if you run an e-commerce site you should just give up on using social media to grow your business. In fact, there are a number of ways that e-commerce sites can integrate with social media, and the more integrated you are, the better your chances will be for getting exposure through social media.

In this article we’ll look at 10 different ways that e-commerce sites can integrate with social media. Since we often recommend Shopify as an excellent e-commerce platform, this article will reference many Shopify apps that can be used to get this functionality at your site. We’ll also mention some other popular platforms like Bigcommerce and WooCommerce, as well as some apps and plugins.

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25 Awesome Online T-Shirt Shops For Your Inspiration

Whether you are looking to buy a creative t-shirt or interested in finding inspiration for your next web design project, browsing the websites of t-shirt shops can be a fun experience. T-shirts have been a popular product in the e-commerce world for the past several years, and although some shops come and go, the abundance of e-commerce sites selling t-shirts has continued.

If you’re a designer looking for inspiration, there are a number of well-designed t-shirt shop websites, and we’ll showcase 25 of them in this post. If you’re looking to start your own e-commerce site, browsing other online shops is a great way to get some ideas for your own site.

AwesomeTees

The AwesomeTees website features a beautiful, clean design and layout. The t-shirts are showcased an a white background, which really helps them to pop. The homepage uses a nice slider to showcase several different products in a stylish manner. The product pages also use a slider to show multiple photos of each t-shirt.

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25 of the Best Photographer Portfolio Websites

Web designers often browse through portfolio websites of other designers for inspiration and ideas that can be used in their own work. Photographers, like designers, have a need to display an attractive portfolio for their websites visitors, and many photographers have excellent portfolio sites. The portfolio site showcases the work to potential clients, usually provides some biographical information about the photographer, and makes it easy for people to contact the photographer.

In this post I’d like to take a look at some of the best. Here you’ll find photography sites that are well designed and also showcase amazing photos. You’ll see a few different styles and approaches. Many use a large background image or a large slider to showcase the photos at their best. Others use many smaller thumbnail images to fill the screen. A minimalist design style is also common, because it allows the photos to be the center of attention rather than the design details of the site.

Eric Ryan Anderson

Eric Ryan Anderson

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