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 They just don’t work on synagogue websites – it’s an outdated practice that does more harm than good.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.
In today’s day and Internet age, when so many people are used to accomplishing certain tasks online (especially younger generations), a synagogue’s website should offer the ability to accomplish some common tasks online – tasks that are common to life in the synagogue community. Here is my list of five tasks that an outstanding synagogue website should let people accomplish.
So when it comes to one of the more important aspects of modern synagogue life – financially supporting the synagogue through donations – why should a synagogue’s congregants not be able to do that online as well?
Who is primarily responsible for managing the synagogue’s website? Is it volunteers or laypeople, who are often passionate about technology and want to give their time by working on the website? Is it the professional staff, who are often over-burdened with other responsibilities? Is it an outside website firm altogether? Or is it some combination of all three?
I don’t believe that the need for a website and what it contains are dependent on the size of the synagogue. Synagogues need to view themselves as professional organizations running a professional website presence, and as such need to have a better way of assigning responsibility for it.
Synagogue security is always a concern to community leaders, and an important part of that preparation is cyber-security. Synagogues are responsible for keeping their online identity safe, so those responsible for the administration of their synagogue’s website should take appropriate steps to reduce the risk of something malicious happening to it.
Reform temples no doubt face the same challenges as any movement temple does when it comes to websites – that the smaller temple don’t necessarily have the resources to help with their websites that the larger ones do. Here is my list of 22 of the best Reform temple websites that I came across, listed alphabetically by state.
There were plenty of websites to choose from when putting together this list. A lot of websites required a lot of work and showed it, but that’s understandable considering a lot of smaller synagogues don’t necessarily have the resources to help with websites that larger ones do. Here is my list of 22 of the best Conservative synagogue websites that I came across.
A great synagogue website does many things well, but the most important thing it does is easily communicate information about the synagogue to congregants, potential members, and other people looking at it. With that in mind, here is a list of 18 important elements that I recommend any synagogue’s website should have.
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