CONTENT MGMT. SYSTEMS -- Free CMS Websites - NAD
Free "Adventist Church Connect" (ACC) and "Adventist Schools Connect" (ASC) Websites
The North American Division (NAD) has a website service that provides a free CMS website for every Adventist church and every Adventist school located in the territory of the NAD. This free website program is administered by AdventSource, a church-owned ministry resource organization based in Lincoln, Nebraska. The free website service for local churches is known as "Adventist Church Connect" (ACC), whereas the free website service for schools is called "Adventist Schools Connect" (ASC). However the CMS technology and support service for ACC and ASC is identical.
ACC and ASC Website Technology
The CMS website technology used by the North American Division (NAD) for its ACC and ASC websites is a proprietry system developed by SimpleUpdates.com, a private website services business located in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
to provide the technical foundation for the "Adventist Church Connect" free website initiative. Simple Updates has developed an upgrade path that can meet the needs of the church that has no one able to work on a website, using classic SimpleUpdates Content Management System (CMS), and beyond.
The New "Webmaster"
The Simple Updates Vision
A webmaster need no longer be a techie who collects information from church ministry leaders and then works through archaic interfaces and code to put it online. The job of content input can go directly to ministry leaders of the local church. The true job of the webmaster is to view the website as a whole, and strategize the online outreach efforts, and to assure that all departments are providing their content and keeping it up-to-date. It is an elevation of the webmaster from the grunt work person, to the visionary planner of a web outreach ministry on its own.
Free Websites and Beyond
The Basic level will be kept fresh and up-to-date with RSS feeds, provided by eAdventist. Contact information is also included from the NAD Church Locator database.
At no additional cost, Basic+ adds a calendar and pastor's About Us text message editor. These sites can choose their own "look and feel" from a choice of eight templates, and select the RSS feeds they want displayed, from the many available. These feeds are automatically updating content from outside sources, with no interaction needed from the local church.
Training and support are provided via email and a toll free phone number for Basic+ and the editions that follow.
Choose from more than 20 high quality web designs with links that the local church selects. The Classic Edition provides a full content Management System (CMS) solution where multiple individuals from the same church can create content (both stories and photos) with a "point and click" entry. Several modules are available so your church can personalize the site to best represent and meet a variety of ministry needs.
Full powered Content Management System (CMS), with the webmaster's ability to develop a unique template, providing complete editorial control over all pages of the site. The webmaster can work with SimpleUpdates' consultants and designers to create exactly the look and feel desired by the local church.
Provides additional audio or video programming. This includes streaming video of your church service or archived audio files. Podcasting and other technologies are available.
Author: Darryl Hosford of Simple Updates