Cooking up a parish
Using blog-software to create a free (or very cheap)
Learn about websites and design
Learn about blogging platforms
Design two real website for two real
Modify and publish them.
Learn how to set up a “blogger” site.
Learn how to edit or add content.
Goals for today
Holy God, your Son called us to wrap the
whole world in your saving embrace. By
your Holy Spirit give us compassion,
purpose and energy to invite into your
Church those who do not yet know the
transforming power of your love. We ask
this through Him who has brought us
from darkness to light, your Son, our
Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
But first, let’s pray!
Learning something new can be
A blog is a website.
It is usually a personal website for people to
talk about their interests to others.
More and more groups & organizations use
blogs to get out timely or up-to-date news
But a blog operates exactly the same as any
website no matter how big or how small.
Repeat after me: “A blog is a website”
(Okay, okay…a blog by itself is a website. Sheesh!)
What is a “blog?”
The end-user should be able to send an e-
mail and know how to attach a picture or
file to an e-mail.
Broadband is helpful but not required.
Each parish should have it’s own URL
(web address) and be able to pay for it.
The parish is committed to updating
content at least as often as the latest
bulletin (or, if need be, newsletter).
◦ Links to other relevant sites
So let’s start cooking!
Over 70% of new church members find
their church on the internet.
It is more than a billboard. Today people
expect the content to be up-to-date,
attractive and even interactive.
It serves both congregants (inside
audience) and visitors (outside audience).
It bridges traditional advertising and
Why a website?
There are three major free or cheap
◦ Blogger (run by Google)
We will be using Blogger.
◦ Easy to use and accessible
◦ Widespread use and improved regularly.
WordPress has more features: tabs, data
base (for attaching files like PDFs), etc.
WordPress is used as the basis for many
websites including NYTimes.com
Many templates available (some free).
Very interactive and lots of 3d party
support out there (for a fee).
There is a downside:
◦ it requires more technical knowledge than I am
assuming for this group.
TypePad is also a major blogger platform.
Used to be free, now it is cheap to very
Is the platform for DioBeth newSpin and
Not as many free/cheap templates out there
but will accept WordPress Templates.
The more you use the more it costs.
Assumes technical knowledge and some code
savvy (like WordPress).
Which is why I picked “Blogger”.
Blogger is improving.
◦ As you get more proficient and assuming you
want to play, you can now download
WordPress templates into Blogger using a
3d party program and video (YouTube)
◦ Basic features for average user are
multiplying. Many easy to use third party
“widgets” out there.
Let’s get started.
My parish blog:
Now let’s go to
and see the basic
1. Blogger Home page…
2. Create an account…
3. Name your blog…
4. Choose your template…
5. You are ready to publish!
6. Work on the layout…
Questions to ask:
◦ What do I want to say?
◦ What do I want to include?
◦ How do I want it to look?
◦ Where do I find the content?
Things to know:
◦ What is “text?”
◦ What is a “widget?”
◦ What if a widget requires code? (Don’t panic!)
◦ How to insert a picture.
6. Work on the layout…
The beauty of blogging is that you can
always change, add or update your
content whenever you want!
“Posting” is when
you add text to the
main body of your
◦ While it is different
than adding a text
box to your
sidebar(s), footer or
header, the process is
Posting on your blog
Posting to your blog…
Tools for posting
1. Highlight Text
2. Press “Link” button.
3. Type in or copy
A “hyperlink” is a link to another
complete web address
website embedded in a word or
picture. 4. Hit “OK”
Add a “hyperlink”
1. Press “picture” button.
2. On this screen press
3. Select location
4. Choose Size
5. Check or uncheck
“every time” box
6. Click “Upload image.”
Adding a picture
When the picture
is added, you will
get a screen that
looks like this.
1. Click “Done”
Adding a picture
You can see
how it looks
Adding a picture & “Preview”
In Blogger, “Preview”
is not a perfect copy
of what you will see
on your site.
It will show you how
things are laid out
relative to each other.
Be sure you save
Press layout tab.
To add a widget,
press “Add a
To edit a widget,
pick your box and
Editing your sidebar
1. Go to
2. Choose “Add a
3. Choose “Text”
4. Type in text
as with a
5. Highlight text
6. Press “Link”
7. Enter URL
Typing text & adding Hyperlink
the same…the box just looks
Click “Add a
You get this
Scroll down till
you find the
In this case,
Adding a picture
You will get a
box like this.
You can give it
a name, which
will appear in
Adding an image to your sidebar
When you are
done, the new
appears in the
top of your
Click and drag
the item to
Place your widget in the sidebar
When we come
◦ We’ll work on two
◦ Trinity, Carbondale
◦ St. Mark’s New
Time for a break…
This website is pretty complete. We’ll add
some new content, and work on the side
This web site is set up but it needs content
and it needs stuff for the side bar.
St. Mark’s, New Milford
Look at what you’ve created!!!
Great job, everyone!
Other free or cheap webhosts…
O God, whose word is truth and in whose light
we see light, guide those who tell the story of
our times through word and image. Make
them seekers after truth and advocates of
human dignity. Grant discernment to all who
rely on their labors, and, as we confront the
pain and promise of this world, awaken in us
a sense of wonder at your presence and of
longing for your peace, through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.
Before we finish…let’s pray!
Thanks for your time!
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.