Church website design and content creation is made so much easier with the right tools.
It’s been awhile since a post was published here pointing to some cool and useful church website design tools. Well, the last couple weeks I’ve come across a few services I’ve added to my own toolbox. What I love most about these tools is:
- they’re made with non-techy, non-designer peeps in mind, and
- they offer creative techs a quick, easy option for squaring away design tasks.
I hope my new cool finds help make your church website design and content creation work easier and a lot more fun!
Church Website Design + Content Creation Tools
Get Web Font Information
While doing some research online last week, I ran across a couple great looking blogs. The designer’s font choices were fantastic! I just had to know what fonts they were using.
Now, I’m a huge fan of Web Fonts. So, I was excited to find a cool tool that makes fast and easy work of chasing them down.
The WhatFont Tool (in no way affiliated with MyFonts or WhatTheFont) enables you to quickly and easily find out what fonts are being used in a Web page.
Once installed, in literally one click you’ll get the font’s information. Web Font service detection is also available. And, you can share your favorite discoveries on Twitter.
The tool is available as a Bookmarklet (which I tested in Firefox). Chrome and Safari extensions are also available. At the time of this writing, Adobe Typekit and Google Font API Web Font services were supported.
When I tested the tool on a Web page where Web Fonts weren’t present, the tool simply didn’t activate.
Convert HTML to WordPress INSTANTLY
So here’s the problem: your church has a static website. You want to add a blog to it to increase traffic and engage your visitors.
Naturally, you want to use WordPress to manage it. But, you have neither the desire nor the budget to completely redesign your website in WordPress. On top of that, there aren’t any WordPress themes that even come close to matching your current static site.
Your only option is to settle for adding a blog that looks completely different from your main website, right? Wrong!
In three easy steps, Theme Matcher will take your static website and automatically generate a WordPress theme that matches your existing church website design.
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The target users for this service are:
- Non-technical webmasters wanting to add a WordPress blog to an existing site
- WordPress developers looking to save time and get a head-start on client projects
- Designers who create HTML templates, and want to fast-track creating WordPress themes from them
- Freelancers migrating websites from another system to WordPress
There’s no cost to use the service to generate a theme. You’ll pay only when you’re ready to download the theme you generated. Here are your options:
One thing to note: in a perfect world, all automatic HTML-to-Wordpress conversions would be absolutely perfect and require no additional revisions. But, since we don’t live in a perfect world, how well a website converts depends in large part on how well the existing site’s HTML code is written.
Theme Matcher doesn’t allow for a lot of flexibility when it comes to selecting content and optional sidebar regions for conversion. So, the better the code in the existing site, the fewer the tweaks in the new theme.
On several websites I tested, the service worked brilliantly. On others, where the code was poorly written, I was able to generate a good working theme. But, a bit of CSS editing would have been in order.
Amazingly Simple Graphic Design
The fun starts when you sign up! A 23-second tutorial shows you how to use the service. And, it’s insanely simple!
After that, you can take the Starter Challenges (there are five of them to get you warmed up). Or, you can jump right in and begin creating your first masterpiece.
Even if you think you’re not creative, you’ll have one whiz-bang of a time with this tool! You can create graphics for podcasts, Twitter and social media, presentations, posters, Facebook covers, blog post graphics…the list goes on.
Start with a design template and edit, or roll your own from scratch with an image or colored background and text. When you’re all done, you can share it on Twitter or Facebook, download it, or send a link.
Many elements are free to use. Premium images are $1 each or you can upload your own.
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For me, the most difficult part of using this tool was choosing from among all the options. Gracious! With more than 1 million images and more than 100 fonts, you could really go buggy mixing and matching (perfectionists, you’ve been warned!).
Got any cool church website design tools in your toolbox?
Tell me about them. Share a link in the comments below!