What to avoid on your website

Some church websites are brilliant, but many have features that lessen their impact on the curious and their use for the committed. There are 18 questionable features listed for you to test your website against.

Here is a selection from the list:

• Non-responsive and non-secure technology

• Unclear navigation

• Hidden contact details

• Out-of-date information

• Unanswered questions

• Suspect or coded words

• Typos or poor grammar

• Lengthy paragraphs

• Stock photos

• Delayed response

Each of the 18 is explained, so see which ones might just apply to your site. Better, ask a visitor to the site to mark you on each of the features listed.

Your church website is your shop window. It’s not easy to write and design it for everyone but it’s worth making an effort to get it as good as it can be.

Training Notes TN113, What to avoid on your website, are now available for you on the Training Notes page of John Truscott’s website.