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The Tool Box: An Introduction & Featuring Prayer Request Tool

Once you’ve built a site, or updated your design, the weekly grind of maintaining the site begins. Websites must be kept fresh – updated – continually. Each organization can define exactly what “continually” means, but for all, bi-weekly is a minimum, and most organizations should create ways to post new content to their website weekly.

Updating your website can be more efficient and less of a chore if you are using the right tool for the job. Our CMS offers a lot more than just a text editor, and there’s a reason for that. DIS designed our Faithwebsites CMS product specifically for churches and Christian schools, and those tools are intended to make the content work for you easier.

laptop_toolboxWe’re going to start a series about our website content management system (CMS) tools, and which ones might be the right tools for your job.  For example, the blog tool can be used for more than just a blog. And while you can do anything in the content editor if you know how to code HTML, perhaps the expand/collapse tool will be a better fit.

Equally important as ease of you building the content is the ease of your users reading the content. Your content needs to be laid out in an inviting and engaging way. Too long of content can be a negative for users; no images may result in a lack of interest; no links leave the user unsure of what to do next… you get the idea. That’s where understanding how to use the tools effectively and in combination with each other comes to play. With a little more how-to power, you’ll be able to create pages users love to read!

Let’s start with a straight forward tool for today’s post — Prayer Request.

The Prayer Request tool is available as a main body tool, and was originally built to assist churches in building on online community, but along the way our Christian school and nonprofit customers told us they love this tool too!

website prayer request toolChoose a page to add your prayer request tool, and in your tool properties you can customize how you want the tool to work.  Take time to carefully set the properties up. By spending some extra time when setting the tool up, you can make this tool do some work for you and help you effectively handle prayer requests! Add in one or more email addresses that should be notified of the prayer requests, and customize the auto-response that users receive after submitting a request. Consider adding a URL in your auto-response to direct users to a support page, contact page, small group page, etc. Or give them contact information to speak with a person in their time of need. By providing this URL, they will automatically have access to some resources without you needing to attend to the request right away.

When users create a request, they are given the choice to request it posted to the web page or not. You are still able to override that choice, controlling what requests show up on your website – or none at all.

Adding a Prayer Request tool on your website could be a valuable way to connect with your members and visitors, build an online community and outreach for your organization. If you would like more information about the Prayer Request tool, just email support.

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One response to “The Tool Box: An Introduction & Featuring Prayer Request Tool”

  1. […] covering our tools and how you can use them to the fullest. It’s been awhile since we did our introductory Tool Box post, which covered the Prayer Requests tool. This series features individual tools in Site Manager and what they are best used […]

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