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March is Church Website Design Month at OurChurch.Com and we are giving you all the needed steps in having a great church website design. In fact, at the end of the month we are going to release The Ultimate Guide to Church Website Design.
“Let’s just use some stock photos we see online” or “I think the Sara (the youth pastor) has some pics from the church picnic and building dedication that she posted to Instagram or Facebook. We can use some of those.”
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Most of the time, there isn’t much thought given to what images will be used on the church website.
However, even though text that talks about your mission, beliefs, and programs are a very important part of the website, the photos will be what makes the first impression when someone comes to your website.
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Since the images that you use on your website are so important, I want to provide 8 crucial tips to ensure you have great photos on your website:
Use real photo’s (that you take) whenever possible. It is very tempting to resort to using stock photos: Many are free, they are good quality, and they have great looking people in them. However, everyone knows if a photo is a stock photo: Besides that “canned” look, people may have seen the stock photo on the website for their dentist or on a billboard for the local gym. Stock images are okay if there is text over top of the image and the only purpose the image is to provide a supporting background. However, using real photos of real people from your church is more personal and shows authenticity.
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Take your time with the images. Blurry images are impossible to correct, so take your time when taking photos. Also, unless the image is supposed to be an action photo, look...
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