Starting with the basics

This section of the website is designed so that you can refer to detailed information about how to be creative with the tone of voice and photography on your website to make it your own and give it the "flavour" of your faith community.

Above all look at your new website as a way of "reclaiming" your Church's position as the community centre, a hub of hospitality and welcome and an expression of God's love to those who need it most.

Keep in mind that this website is your advertisement to the community around you. Look at it as your "advertisement" on the internet. If your website is your advertisement about who you are, it's not about your community, but what your community offers someone who is looking for a community of believers.

Also keep in mind that many people will access the website on their mobile device, so keep your text and information informative, precise and your language warm and inviting.

The Microsite Project is designed to help you advertise your Church to the wider community, so the types of people who will be searching for your site will be church shoppers, people on holidays, spiritually homeless and seasonal church goers - those interested in finding a church at Easter or Christmas. Keep these people in mind when creating your website.

Establishing your website

The basic elements of your website should contain a page welcoming newcomers to the site, a page about all the things you offer, such as youth groups, home groups, special interest groups and other activities. We would suggest if you have little capacity to keep your website updated at the very least you have the following pages set up and ready for Google search engines:

  • Welcome page with a warm and inviting image
  • About Us page with some detailed information about what you offer - there is a sample here; and a
  • Contact Us page with information like your address and a feedback form linked to at least two email addresses so you can get back to people inquire about your services quickly and easily (this function is demonstrated during training).

Selecting your URL

We suggest that your URL be simple, perhaps even just your suburb. You can call your website Maroubra Uniting Church for example, but your URL should ideally be as the prefix of the website denotes it is part of the Uniting Church network of URLs already preset for you.

Make sure your website is relevant and up to date... always

There is nothing worse than going to a website and realising all the information is not up to date. Worse still, people searching for your website and turning up when you may have moved service times, or you are meeting at a different location.

On the training days we will assist you to set up a basic framework for your website which includes a home page, about page and contact us page. We will also assist you with other pages you can set up if you are feeling adventurous like a calendar, news and podcast page.

We suggest while your website is being surfaced on Google via search engines that you make sure any information you have copied and pasted from templates is up to date with your church information.