We’ve been spending a lot of time scouring the web in pursuit of the best Reform synagogue websites. And, with nearly 900 congregations affiliated with the Union of Reform Judaism, we certainly didn’t have a shortage of options. But, despite the abundance of Reform temples, putting this list together wasn’t an easy task. It’s surprising Continue Reading »
The Reconstructionist movement has always been cutting edge and it’s no surprise that we discovered so many Reconstructionist synagogues with such forward-thinking and innovative websites. Our list of 11 fantastic Reconstructionist synagogue websites celebrates congregations from California to Curaçao. While diverse in size and location, all of these websites share one essential characteristic – they Continue Reading »
We are absolutely in love with the new USCJ website. It’s fresh, vibrant, rich in content, and full of dynamic functionality. It’s no surprise that so many Conservative synagogues have followed suit and are also sporting a fresh, new look. This year’s roundup of the 22 Best Conservative Synagogue websites celebrates congregations from across the United Continue Reading »
If you are thinking that your synagogue website is more is more meh, than magnificent, we’ve put together a list of 5 easy ways to get your website back on track. Check them out below, and get inspired to tackle your website woes.
Having an outstanding synagogue website that your synagogue’s members actually want to visit takes a lot of work. A modern design helps, but the synagogue also needs a long-term strategy for how they’re going to get people to actually use the website. Here are some strategies to help synagogues accomplish that.
Why do I build all of my synagogue websites using Wordpress? Because it’s so easy to manage a website with, and because it’s such a flexible system to design and build a website with. For synagogues, the former is one of the most important selling points, especially since most synagogue websites are managed and updated by volunteers, and Wordpress is a system that volunteers of a non-technical background can easily learn.
For many synagogues, their preschool/early childhood center (ECC) is a main attraction that brings young families into the synagogue community and starts them on their path to synagogue membership. What many synagogues often do is include the preschool content within the main synagogue website, but is that really the best approach? Or would it be better if the preschool had its own separate website, one that better highlights what the preschool offers?
In the time since my original post 5 years ago, web design has changed considerably, particularly with the rise of responsive (mobile-friendly) design. Synagogue website designs also emphasize different things compared to back then, such as full-widths, large & dynamic photos, flat colors, clear calls-to-action, etc.
Why should synagogues not post event flyers as images on their websites? Event flyers are meant for print purposes only – a very different medium than the web. They just don’t work on synagogue websites – it’s an outdated practice that does more harm than good.
When it comes to choosing a payment gateway to handle the credit card processing, many people are often confused as to which gateway they should choose for use on the synagogue’s website. Here is an overview of some of the various options that synagogues can choose from.
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