A great domain name is worth gold. sam.com sold for around $500,000 a couple of years back and I wish I had half a million to pick it up. That would have been so cool. But are the dot-com days numbered?
Over the next 3 years the international domain registry will release over 700 new Top Level Domains (TLD). You can check out the full list here.
I already picked up a couple, one of them is… churchtech.guru.
Searching for the perfect domain just became so much easier but so much harder at the same time. We now will have so many more options than before. I would never be able to afford i.care but I do have my sights on a couple of cool domains to add to my collection.
For churches that have a bad domain name like firstassembly-of-nowheresville.net it is time to find a new domain. Pick up nowheresville.church and now you have a much better and easier website to market.
This also presents another difficulty. Will we have to print www with every domain? For several years now www has become less popular when adding a domain to materials. How will you know if i.care is just a design element or if it is a websites. www.i.care or http://i.care either way. This is an exciting new time in website creation.
Drop me a message if you need help setting up a new website or updating an old one!
My favorite news app is Breaking News. It isn’t a news channel it is a news aggregator. It goes out and finds all the top news stories and then categorizes them. It is a great way to see what all the news channels, websites and blogs are saying about a single topic.
“Have you ever said, ‘That’s not breaking news!?’ Sometimes it feels like everything is breaking news these days, screaming for your attention.”
If you want to get notifications every time there is a new development in a particular story, just click the bell and Breaking News will tell you how often you can expect to receive notifications and then push them to your phone.
It’s great at helping you sift through the mess of normal news websites and apps.
Since Breaking News pulls content from “over 300 news organizations… including TV networks, local stations, wire services and newspapers large and small” they are my one stop for all news.
The best part is that they are on every platform. They started as a simple @breakingnews twitter account and now you can follow them from any device.
Check them out breakingnews.com (Apps)
Brian Porzio is a evangelist and actor living in LA. He was in need of a clean website that he could use to promote himself and his ministry. Brian speaks at camps and conferences nation wide and also needed a place for people to leave feedback and connect with him. Brian already has a blog on wordpress.com so it was a simple process to take that and import it to a selfhosted wordpress site. We grabbed a theme from themeforest.net and tweaked it.
Theme Used: intermezzo
We also wanted to brand Brian with a clean font that he could use elsewhere, on business cards or anything he was printing or designing. We went to dafont.com and came up with Clemente. It has clean lines as well as having an assortment of weights.
Font Used: Clemente
Since Brian is an evangelist, we wanted to allow him to take donations on his website. The easiest way for him to do this was to implement a donation button from paypal.
We were also able to set up a custom page that pulls video content linked from youtube or vimeo and one that pulls testimonials. It makes it easy for him to add more of these items as he wishes in the future.
Check Brian out at brianporzio.com.
A couple months ago I had a conversation with the new PennDel Youth Alive Missionary, Lee Rogers about a web project he wanted to get up and running. The goal is to create a place where students and leaders can visit to get information, encouragement and resources about reaching there schools for Christ. Lee wrote a number of posts and I built the site. We launched it just in time for our Youth Advance Retreat in September.
We then included a QR code on the wrist bands we gave to the campus missionaries and sent them follow up emails to encourage traffic. We also linked the posts to Facebook so students could get the posts in their feed.
After the retreat we posted the sessions that the students attended so they could share them with their friends and youth leaders could share them with their students. It has worked well. And this is just the beginning.
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Jason Shaffer has a recording studio and wanted to built a place where he could showcase his work as well as promote the artists that he works with. We created his site to resemble a business card he already had. We incorporated a Facebook area and a Facebook like button. In the past couple months his Facebook page now has about 500 fans/likes. Jason is very happy with his site and has given my name to a number of other people, some new sites are being built now. Jason also provided the audio to the must recent tripleshot video. Thanks, Jason! (fulltiltrecording.com)
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Doug Mummert approached me about creating a website for him. This is his first web presence. He decided it was about time that he had a way to show off his project. I’m looking forward to getting more images posted for him and increasing his business. (mummertpaving.com)
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Dale Brubaker needed a simple logo to go along with his new company, Brubaker Media Group. We started with a couple font selections and moved them around. Since Dale has a great voice-over voice we wanted to add something audio related to the design. We ended up combining the look of sound waves and also the look of a skinny mic to make up the bottom portion of the logo. The 2 fonts that we decided on were a compliment of elegant and modern.
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Falcon Mortgage wanted a site with a nice simple refreshed business feel. They also wanted to be able to access the back end and make sure they could maintain and update the site with ease. WordPress was the beginning solution to both of these issues. We were able to customize there site to include all of the content from their aged html coded site AND they now have a great new site with a simple CMS that they can manage.
Many times you may not have a lot of money to spend and your goal may not be to create a huge new website, but simply to give your current website a facelift. That is what we did with www.mosscreekart.com. We took a very simple approach and made everything easily accessible. Down the road we would love to recreate their store, but one thing at a time. In a world where money can be tight, don’t let that limit your potential.