Web Empowered Church
4 comments | Posted: 19 April 06 in Featured, by Nathan Smith
I was talking with Mark Stephenson today on IM and he dropped what I like to refer to as a chat-bomb. This is the type of passing mention that could be equated to the phrase One more thing… when used by Steve Jobs during Apple announcements. Meaning, a milestone (in my opinion) has been reached, and needs to be given due recognition. As of today, the Web Empowered Church has an XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS based homepage.
While there are still a few errors here and there, it meets the requirements set forth here at Godbit, so I felt it is well deserving of a feature in the gallery. The new site design beats the old one by leaps and bounds. What really excites me are the implications this could have for a large number of church websites. The WEC offers a “starter package” download, free of charge, to help ministries get online. While the old version was nested table-based, the new one holds a lot more promise with increased support for web standards.
It runs on a base of the TYPO3 CMS, which was in turn created by Kasper Skårhøj, a Christian who felt called by God to make a free, enterprise-level content management system to help the Church. If you’d like to know more about this system, you can check out a book review I wrote awhile ago.
Anyway, I could go on and on, but will cut this short. I would encourage you to check out the new WEC package, and try your hand at the TYPO3 TempVoila templating system. Many mega churches such as COR, Ginghamsburg and Stonebriar already use TYPO3, and the need for standards savvy web developers who are familiar with it will only increase in the future.
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