Efficient Content Mangement
Hi, I'm Joshua, the lead developer of Christian Web Maker's content management system. The CMS is the tool you use whenever you want to add pages or files, change your menu, or update the text and images of your site. Ours isn't the first such program nor even the hundreth, and I spent a long time with many other systems before despairing of finding something that pushed flexibility, speed, power, and simplicity far enough.
The sad state of the art kept me from pursuing business with Christian organizations for years. How could I ever be satisfied delivering inadequate tools, or using so much budget to customize the tools that there wasn't room left for amazing design?
I wanted a system that I would be proud to offer my customers. I wanted to be able to talk with you without apologizing every time for some incomprehensible quirk or limitation. I wanted you to be able to use it without weeks of training, get back to your life, and have it still make sense next time you work on your site. That system didn't exist, so finally I decided to build it.
Once customers had used it a bit, the problems were apparent: Still too slow. Still too glitchy. Still too many apologies. So I took the lessons and customer experience and started over.
Covenant of Grace Presbyterian Church is one of our early customers with Version 2. Pastor Paul Mulner is a veteran of several church and ministry websites. He told me:
This is the first system I've used that was simple enough that I could show someone how to use it, and they'd actually be able to use it.Rev. Paul Mulner, Covenant of Grace
That's pretty big when you have a small staff, and the most technically skilled person may not be the best writer or the one who has time to spare. Get your website started with us. I think you'll agree that I finally succeeded.
Getting What You See
There's no more prevalent lie in website management software than What You See Is What You Get. Alas, if you're stuck with a "WYSIWYG" or "Rich Text" editor, you're in for a slow, glitchy, frustrating time.
We went a different way: a simple, clean editing pane paired with a live preview pane that really does show exactly what the public page will ultimately look like.
Pages & Menus
Any page can have child pages. You choose which belong in the menu and which are hidden. Drag and drop to change the order or visibility. Create as many as you need.
Photos you add to your pages are automatically scaled to web size, speeding page loading up to 1,000%.
You can upload just about anything. Files are associated with the page where you add them but easy to link to from any page. Files can even be added to the menu. So add a note from the pastor, a report from the board, or even music from the choir.
Title, Meta tags, headlines, URLs—you're in control. You can even manage page aliases and redirects in case import page URLs change. Your new design will be SEO-friendly so you're off to a good start, and our Free SEO Guide will take you from there.
Sermons & Bulletins*
Publish sermons by series and classify by preacher and scripture text. Show the latest sermons on your front page, and make them all searchable by series, preacher, or book of the Bible. Make a podcast of your sermons. Keep an archive of your bulletins, too.
There are already great services out there for calendars, maps, video publishing, mailing list management, and more. Adding one of those services to a page of your site is usually as simple as copy and paste.