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One thing will always be true for every pastor who pours himself/herself into ministry – there is never enough time to do it all. Maybe I am biased, but I think this is especially true of small church pastors who find themselves doing more than they probably should. One thing I’ve come to value as a pastor is simplicity. The more things you can simplify, the better – even important things can be made simpler. By now, most of us know how valuable a website is for your ministry as it has become the first-stop people make when exploring your ministry. But being important does not mean that a website also has to be complex. Here are my strategies for keeping our church website from becoming a time-management monster. Continue Reading…

Have you ever thought about changing hosting providers but hesitated because it seems like a such huge undertaking? Well, I recently took on the daunting task of moving GeekRev to a new hosting provider. But, it wasn’t as daunting as you might think. In fact it’s pretty easy, but it can take a long time.  @seventy8prod suggested that I write a post detailing what I did. So, here it is. Enjoy (after the break). Continue Reading…

GeekRev.com is not, by any means, one of those blessed sites that get millions of hits a month. But, our traffic levels are pretty good, and very “qualified.” In marketing, “qualified” sources refers to those sources that specifically come to your site on purpose. There are a lot of ways traffic becomes qualified. For instance, someone can specifically come to your site from a business card, word of mouth, or something similar – because they know for sure that your site has the information they need. Qualified traffic can also come from very specific search-engine queries. Most people come to this site on purpose. But a few months ago, I noticed our traffic was quickly declining. Something was wrong and I was not sure what it was. Continue Reading…

WordPress just updated their Jetpack plugin to allow native email publishing! In fact, this post is being published using the new feature.

The implementation is pretty robust, including the use of short-codes to add complexity and set options (i.e. post category, publishing delay, tags, etc.). There are several short-codes implemented. For instance, you can add a PollDaddy.com poll using short-codes. Pretty awesome!

I did notice a few short-codes that I think they missed, like the ability to set a featured image. You can include images, which will be posted inline (single image) or as a gallery (multiple images).

Overall, I think it is a great implementation. I am sure they’ll improve it.

Email publishing is not the only feature added to Jetpack. WordPress also added the ability to natively connect to social networks. For instance, this will allow you to post an excerpt on your Facebook page whenever you write a new blog post.

UPDATE: After emailing this post, I noticed that the category short-code did not take. Also, after reading more about the polls, I think that feature is currently limited to WordPress.com installs, not self-hosted unless you install the PollDaddy Plugin (I have not tested this).

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I ran across this tool today that allows you to test how your website reacts to various device screen sizes. You simply enter your URL in the text box, and it loads your website in several common device screen sizes. The tool is specifically intended to test responsiveness of you layout on mobile devices.