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Joined: 11/28/2008

Hello, Everyone!

I have created/maintained my church's website for several years now (www.northridgedayton.com), and I would like to re-design it again to be more streamlined/professional looking. Does anyone know of some professional, cheap/free frontpage templates specifically for churches? The ones I keep finding are OUTRAGEOUSLY complex and expensive!

I have been experiementing with some CMS packages (Mambo, Postnuke, Joomla, Xoops, etc), but they all seem so restrictive to me. I guess I'm just not used to them. Should I even switch to a CMS?

If there are some professional web developers out there who would care to look at my church's website, I would definitely welcome any advice!

Thanks in advance!

~ Bryce

Joined: 11/28/2008
MrBryce2000 @ May 20
QUOTE(MrBryce2000 @ May 20 2006, 08:09 PM)
Hello, Everyone!

I have created/maintained my church's website for several years now (www.northridgedayton.com), and I would like to re-design it again to be more streamlined/professional looking. Does anyone know of some professional, cheap/free frontpage templates specifically for churches? The ones I keep finding are OUTRAGEOUSLY complex and expensive!

I have been experiementing with some CMS packages (Mambo, Postnuke, Joomla, Xoops, etc), but they all seem so restrictive to me. I guess I'm just not used to them. Should I even switch to a CMS?

If there are some professional web developers out there who would care to look at my church's website, I would definitely welcome any advice!

Thanks in advance!

~ Bryce

I've done several church using templates from TemplateMonster.com
Typically I don't use their code I take the PhotoShop file and slice it myself and develop includes for header, footer and menus.
My latest is at GaytonBaptist.org
It wasn't designed as a church site which I think is the way to go since most of the designs for churches are too "churchy". That's my $.02.

Regards,
Scott

Joined: 11/28/2008
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I've done several church using templates from TemplateMonster.com
Typically I don't use their code I take the PhotoShop file and slice it myself and develop includes for header, footer and menus.
My latest is at GaytonBaptist.org
It wasn't designed as a church site which I think is the way to go since most of the designs for churches are too "churchy". That's my $.02.
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You're right, many church designs are too "churchy." Do you have any tips for which templates on TemplateMonster.com will be the best/easiest to modify? Even after about five years, I'm still a novice when it comes to effective website design.

Thanks!

Joined: 11/28/2008
[/quote]You're right, many

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You're right, many church designs are too "churchy." Do you have any tips for which templates on TemplateMonster.com will be the best/easiest to modify? Even after about five years, I'm still a novice when it comes to effective website design.

Thanks!
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First I would avoid Flash if possible. Sometimes (If client insists - and most do) I'll develop one with a Flash header as long as it isn't too large - a lot of the flash headers take up way too much real estate. All the sites offered at TM come with the PhotoShop file so you can generate any site as a non-flash site.

I pick ones that have clean navigation across top or down one side.

As long as you can slice the psd file in PhotoShop you can select any template that you like and make it into a church site. If you have a few template numbers in mind email me the design numbers and I'll give you my thoughts.

Regards,
Scott