website

2) ShortTermMissions.com and AskAMissionary.com Can Give You Answers

ShortTermMissions.com is a mission trip search engine that can help you quickly find your fit with opportunities with more than 100 organizations.

http://www.ShortTermMissions.com

The same ministry is behind AskaMissionary.com, a Q&A service that helps would-be cross-cultural workers learn from those who have gone before them.

http://www.AskaMissionary.com
Learn more about the gears behind these services at…

http://www.mdat.org/

(And thanks for the $200 gift they gave to Brigada this past week!)

6) It Just Might be the Most Talked-About Bug Ever? —

heartbleedSeems like everybody and his uncle is informed about the Heartbleed bug that’s making its way around the internet. Some sources have said that as many as 2/3 of all websites have been hit in one way or another. In fact, according to some sources, it has affected servers, routers, switches, phones and even video cameras. (See…

http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/11/technology/security/heartbleed-gear/

for example.) “The biggest exploit of the past 12 years,” said one source at Singlehop.

http://www.singlehop.com/

If you’re like I am, you have passwords at scores… maybe HUNDREDS of sites. Are we supposed to go through each credential and change every single password? Even if we do, is that enough… because couldn’t Heartbleed have already stolen enough from us to do damage well into the future? Not a fun scenario to contemplate. Do you have any insider info that might help the Brigada audience manage the Heartbleed bug… or have you found a resource that will? If so, please click “Comment” after the web version of this item and share the knowledge. Two-thirds of us will likely sleep better, but ALL of us will be thankful you took time to respond.

11) Just When I Thought We Didn’t Need Another Travel Site… —

hipmunkWe’ve profiled Expedia, Kayak, Orbitz, Travelocity, Bing, Hotels.com, Priceline, TripAdvisor, BedandBreakfast and HomeAway.com before. And just when I think we don’t need another one, I find one. Lately, I’ve been hearing about…

http://www.hipmunk.com/

It comes highly recommended, even though I had never heard of it until last week. Have you used them before? Any impressions? Do you have a favorite such aggregator, not mentioned above? If so, please click “Comment,” in the comments under the online (web) version of this item. And thanks for passing along your find.

8) Every Time and Date Tool in the West — and East —

tad-logo-comThe folks at

http://www.timeanddate.com/

have been busy. They’ve been cooking up every possible calculator you can imagine… world clocks, time zone calculators, calendar tools, weather apps, sun and moon predictors, timers of all kinds, calculators, and more. There are apps for ipad, iphone, android, windows, and more. For example, I grabbed the code to make a countdown timer for the days remaining prior to our Global PrayerCast. See it in action now at…

http://www.globalprayercast.com

3) Build Your Own Free Website with Wix.com

wixOne Brigada reader gave this testimony: “Have you heard of wix.com?!?!?! It’s genius! Better than any other site I have used (to build a collaborative online presence for a non-profit) and it’s totally free. I cancelled my Nationbuilder account for it. They claim to advertise on your site, but all that appears is a fancy icon in the upper right, which actually looks nice.” Check out the options at Wix. You might find it’s all you need for your church or mission outreach. And you certainly won’t be able to complain about the price. (Thanks Caleb!)

14) The BackPage: Elements of a Great Agency Web Site

This morning, a Volunteer with our agency sent me a URL for a missions website that she felt was exceptional. It got me to thinking: What makes a great agency website? What are some of the components that set a great website apart, for you? And likewise, what are the elements or components that turn you off? I’ll share some of my own thoughts; you agree, disagree, expand, ok?

What makes them great? The best summary I’ve found actually comes from (Small Business Marketing, Feb. 28, 2012). Find it here.

http://www.webs.com/blog/2012/02/28/6-key-elements-to-a-good-website/

The article concludes that you need good visual design, great content, simple yet effective navigation, a clear call to action, credibility, and viewability from a mobile phone. (By the way, have you looked at your site on a mobile phone? :-) )

The website-killers were stated as stale content, too much content, no photos, looking illegitimate, and being bland.

Find the slide presentation for these items at…

http://www.slideshare.net/WebsInc/6-key-elements-to-a-good-website

On the screencast, there are lots of great examples and colorful case studies. It’s great.

So what’s your take? What makes a great site for you??? Please find the online version of this item, using the link below, and click “Comment” and speak up for your opinion. Thanks in advance.

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