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WEBSITE SET UP

When deciding the direction you want to take for setting up your new church website, or upgrading from a current one, there are a number of considerations to take into account

  • easy to setup and easy to update

  • is responsive… will work well on desktop & mobile devices

  • has all the basic information and additional engaging mission focused content for both your church members & the community

  • offers a good support system

There are 3 suggested directions with regional options.

  • church based system (NetAdventist, Church Connect)

  • WordPress

  • professional services

Select from any of the Tabs for further information on Official Systems, Word Press & Professional Services

The new Comparison Guide are a selection of articles that clearly & neatly compare a range of different website builder solutions and are a great source of information. If you are like me and don’t to be bothered with learning how to code, want something simple that you can do yourself then this may be for you.

  • these are the official denominational supported systems & links you need to get your website online

  • select your division (see map if you are unsure) for your signup & support links
  • GC & ASI member ministries can obtain sites at the links below

  • If you are not sure which division your country comes under you can use this map as a guide.
  • Country list will also be shown then under each division.
World Divisions Map

HOSTING PROVIDERS

To get started with your new website you will need to sign up with a hosting provider as you would any regular website and you will also need a theme.

Ideally select a hosting provider can provide a dedicated & well-supported Word Press setup including 1-click installs & easy updates. If you live in Australia or around the South Pacific I’d recommend Digital Pacific. I use them for all my own hosting and they are great. I am an affiliate for Digital Pacific & Dream Host – signing up with them from these links supports this site!

If you have any other recommended hosting providers let me know.

Digital Pacific, Australia Dream Host, United States BlueHost, United States

THEMES

ALPS - Adventist Living Pattern System

Adventist Living Pattern System (ALPS) is the new standard in appearance & layout for Adventist sites and what I would recommend for those wanting an easy setup as far as a consistent appearance goes. Those using the North American Division’s Church Connect system already have this available to them and can be downloaded either by clicking on the logo or here > [Link]

GC ALPS – Home  – Design Standards  – Blog – click here for the Beta version

Avada, Theme Fusion

I personally use Avada, one of the worlds most popular themes which undergoes constant development with powerful options & tools, unlimited designs, responsive framework and amazing support. I am also an affiliate for Avada & purchases via this link will support this site. Once there, click on LivePreview for the full site.[/fusion_text]

  • still not convinced you can setup your own church site? Request the services of any of the members here to get you started.
  • Adventist guys & girls who would like their details added here as service providers, fill out your details in the forum below
10 Best Website Builders Reviewed (I bought & signed up)

Overall, website builders are great for beginners or small businesses looking to get a professional (and affordable) option off the ground in a matter of days (instead of the weeks or months it would take for a custom site).

While there are a ton of good (SiteBuilder.com & Wix.com), reputable options out there to choose from, there are also a ton of terrible ones too.

I put this review together to provide an unbiased look at what your best options are. I signed up for each of the most popular ones, paying for annual accounts in most cases while setting up a test site to try out the service and monitor it’s performance over the course of a few months.

Last updated January 13, 2018

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8 Best Website Builders That Help You Create a Website in 4 Minutes or Less

Creating a good website shouldn’t necessarily take ages. It can be done in a matter of minutes, especially if you’re building a typical one with standard features.

As a matter of fact, it could take 4 minutes or less, depending on your skills, and if you use the best website builders around.

Unfortunately, for most individuals, the hardest part about building a site is finding a stable and reliable website builder.

So, I’ve done the hard part for you, by researching and testing out different platforms — to separate the wheat from the chaff.

I’ve taken the time to compare their respective features and prepare a list of the best website builders, which create a site in 4 minutes or less.

Last updated September 9, 2016

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Professional Services

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WordPress powers more than 23% of the web – a figure that rises every day. Everything from simple websites, to blogs, to complex portals and enterprise websites, and even applications, are built with WordPress.

WordPress combines simplicity for users and publishers with under-the-hood complexity for developers. This makes it flexible while still being easy-to-use.

The following is a list of some of the features that come as standard with WordPress; however, there are literally thousands of plugins that extend what WordPress does, so the actual functionality is nearly limitless. You are also free to do whatever you like with the WordPress code, extend it or modify in any way or use it for commercial projects without any licensing fees. That is the beauty of free software, free refers not only to price but also the freedom to have complete control over it.

  • Simplicity Simplicity makes it possible for you to get online and get publishing, quickly. Nothing should get in the way of you getting your website up and your content out there. WordPress is built to make that happen.
  • Flexibility With WordPress, you can create any type of website you want: a personal blog or website, a photoblog, a business website, a professional portfolio, a government website, a magazine or news website, an online community, even a network of websites. You can make your website beautiful with themes, and extend it with plugins. You can even build your very own application.
  • Publish with Ease If you’ve ever created a document, you’re already a whizz at creating content with WordPress. You can create Posts and Pages, format them easily, insert media, and with the click of a button your content is live and on the web.
  • Publishing Tools WordPress makes it easy for you to manage your content. Create drafts, schedule publication, and look at your post revisions. Make your content public or private, and secure posts and pages with a password.
  • User Management Not everyone requires the same access to your website. Administrators manage the site, editors work with content, authors and contributors write that content, and subscribers have a profile that they can manage. This lets you have a variety of contributors to your website, and let others simply be part of your community.
  • Media Management They say a picture says a thousand words, which is why it’s important for you to be able to quickly and easily upload images and media to WordPress. Drag and drop your media into the uploader to add it to your website. Add alt text, captions, and titles, and insert images and galleries into your content. We’ve even added a few image editing tools you can have fun with.
  • Full Standards Compliance Every piece of WordPress generated code is in full compliance with the standards set by the W3C. This means that your website will work in today’s browser, while maintaining forward compatibility with the next generation of browser. Your website is a beautiful thing, now and in the future.
  • Easy Theme System WordPress comes bundled with two default themes, but if they aren’t for you there’s a theme directory with thousands of themes for you to create a beautiful website. None of those to your taste? Upload your own theme with the click of a button. It only takes a few seconds for you to give your website a complete makeover.
  • Extend with Plugins WordPress comes packed full of features for every user, for every other feature there’s a plugin directory with thousands of plugins. Add complex galleries, social networking, forums, social media widgets, spam protection, calendars, fine-tune controls for search engine optimization, and forms.
  • Built-in Comments Your blog is your home, and comments provide a space for your friends and followers to engage with your content. WordPress’s comment tools give you everything you need to be a forum for discussion and to moderate that discussion.
  • Search Engine Optimized WordPress is optimized for search engines right out of the box. For more fine-grained SEO control, there are plenty of SEO plugins to take care of that for you.
  • Multilingual WordPress is available in more than 70 languages. If you or the person you’re building the website for would prefer to use WordPress in a language other than English, that’s easy to do.
  • Own Your Data Hosted services come and go. If you’ve ever used a service that disappeared, you know how traumatic that can be. If you’ve ever seen adverts appear on your website, you’ve probably been pretty annoyed. Using WordPress means no one has access to your content. Own your data, all of it – your website, your content, your data.
  • Freedom WordPress is licensed under the GPL which was created to protect your freedoms. You are free to use WordPress in any way you choose: install it, use it, modify it, distribute it. Software freedom is the foundation that WordPress is built on.
  • Community As the most popular open source CMS on the web, WordPress has a vibrant and supportive community. Ask a question on the support forums and get help from a volunteer, attend a WordCamp or Meetup to learn more about WordPress, read blogs posts and tutorials about WordPress. Community is at the heart of WordPress, making it what it is today.
  • Contribute You can be WordPress too! Help to build WordPress, answer questions on the support forums, write documentation, translate WordPress into your language, speak at a WordCamp, write about WordPress on your blog. Whatever your skill, we’d love to have you!
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