Frequently Asked Questions About Our New Website:
1. Why do we have a new website?
The Board of Trustees appointed a Communications Task Force (CTF) to look at church communications with members, friends, and the public. The CTF, in consultation with Rev. Kelly, determined that the first priority should be our website. The website is often the “front door” of our church and the CTF wanted to make sure the website accurately reflected the spirit and energy our our congregation. Also, CTF wanted to make it easier and less expensive to keep the website up-to-date.
2. What new features does the website have?
- Mobile device-friendly, so it looks good and is easy to navigate from both PCs and smartphones / tablets
- Listen to past sermons right from the website, or subscribe to our new podcast feed
- Make donations on-line through PayPal
- Updated content for all areas of the church
3. How did we end up with this design?
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) developed a WordPress theme for adoption by UU churches. The development of this theme involved extensive user interface testing that looked at how website visitors would use and interact with the site. Several UU churches beta-tested the theme, and it was released for adoption by all UU churches in late October.
4. How much is all this costing us?
The UUA allowed early adopters like us to use this WordPress theme for free. Since portions of UUCB’s old website ran on WordPress, the Church did not have to purchase any software or new hosting services. CTF volunteers did the vast majority of the work on the website, but we did pay a consultant a small amount to do some of the more complicated technical tasks. Because making changes to the website in the future will not require special technical skills, we will no longer have to regularly pay someone to help us change content or add new features.
5. What’s with the new logo?
Revisiting our logo and branding was a natural extension of the website redesign. Cole Hart, a member of our church who is also a graphic designer and brand strategist, led a design process that included feedback from key stakeholders in UUCB’s lay and professional leadership. The resulting logo preserves elements of UUCB’s traditional brand identity, while also including symbolism that connects to Unitarian Universalist history and the natural beauty of Boulder.
6. What if something is missing or I spot a glitch?
CTF volunteers are happy to fix any errors or add content when appropriate. Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments or suggestions.