Keep Him connected in the digital world!

You are also the (digital) body of Christ

It is encouraging to see that the Church has come a long ways in the digital age–granted, we call her out for being so outdated, but the wheels are turning and we are making grounds and gaining a larger following!

The Church has always been at the fore front of new media battles, God has ensured that for every new and amazing invention we take great advantage for His purpose. Here is a brief history of the way the Catholic Church has used every major communication device for the greater glory of God.

A Brief History of The Church and Media

  • Hand Written Print: For the first 1500 years, the Church’s only option for communication was the very expensive and monotonous hand written print. While not a pioneer by a long shot, it embraced it and immediately saw it’s importance to the Cause of Christ’s mission for them. They would print on parchments, scrolls and books. The primary use was for printing sacred writings. As primitive as it was, without this medium, evangelizing new lands and proclaiming His love for the world would have been even more difficult than it already was.
  • Johannes Gutenberg: At around 1440 the first major example of the Church adopting a new technology for the greater glory of our beautiful and merciful God. The movable type printing press immediately became the perfect tool for Catholics to share religious texts allowing Christianity to shift from listening to the word or God but to own, read and internalize it.
  • Radio Technology: The radio was introduced to the world in the late 1800s and gave birth to a brand new medium of communication. Thanks be to God that he gave us a mind who astutely jumped on for a new way of evangelizing. Bishop Fulton J. Sheen harnessed this technology to spread God’s message to a weekly audience of 4 million people who tuned in to America’s most famous evangelist.
  • Bishop Sheen and Television: In 1951, Bishop Sheen was appointed auxiliary bishop of New York. Soon he began a new mission in America’s airwaves. In this medium, Bishop Sheen reached 30 million weekly viewers. His show Life is Worth Living blessed many homes and continues to inspire to this day.
  • EWTN and Mother Angelica: In 1981 God gave us a spiritual giant that debut her show out of the garage of her order’s monastery. Despite it’s humble beginnings, EWTN blew in to popularity reaching more than 146 million homes in over 146 countries.
  • Internet: The internet exploded the old ways of communication. It brought new faster and more interactive ways of to interact with an audience. Again the Church took advantage and published Vatican documents  making it being one of the earliest organizations to have created a website.
  • Blogs and Social Media: With the internet, the church seems to have dropped off the radar even with their early attempts to harness the internet. The Vatican had a great start. But a static website with no interaction in most cases will be doomed. Blogs and social media changed that. It allowed fans and followers to interact with each other. The Church began to fall behind in this medium and finally started to get encouragement from Church leaders including Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.
  • Social Media: At the around turn of the 20th 21st century a new revolution was coming to light. The interaction of users inspired by blogs gave birth to social media. Friendster allowed real world friends to communicate in a virtual environment and exploded with popularity. In it’s first three months, the site had over 3 million registered users. 1 year later MySpace came out and competed with Friendster supporting a youth-friendly culture.
  • Facebook and YouTube: In 2004 a group of Harvard students started a social media for college students only. The site grew large in popularity because of it’s exclusivity to people with a college e-mail address which appealed to college young adults who didn’t want to mingle with their parents or children. The site gained over 200 million users in its first 8months and eventually opened itself up to the world gaining over 955 million monthly active users at the end of June 2012.
  • You Tube: You tube came in to the scene in 2005 and quickly became the next major New Media creation. Now owned by giant Google, YouTube is the most popular online video destination. The site receives over two billion views per day, a devastating blow to the three major television networks’ statistics combined. Internet video revolutionized entertainment.
  • Twitter: In 2006 twitter created a more concise way of communicating with fans and friends. The micro blogging platform allowed you to update your fans 140 characters at a time. Making it ideal for entertainers, athletes and popular bloggers. In 2012, Pope Benedict finally joined the digital continent by creating his own twitter account. The pope got over 1M followers within the first week of joining twitter.

The new media has revolutionized how we interact with each other and even with our faith. Every day Christians around the world take to the internet making themselves vulnerable to all kinds of evil and sin. Pornography is the second leading purpose users worldwide access the internet. If there is a widely ignored sector of evangelization it is the internet. It is up to us as lay, priest or religious people to keep God’s body in the digital world healthy and working. By adopting the new media, we answer the call by Pope Benedict XVI to enter the “digital continent”. Let’s give our fellow Christians and non-Christians a fighting chance on the net. Let’s create a new media that will evangelize the world over help move the Catholic church forward in the name of Christ.

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Top Ten Blogs To Learn How To Use Twitter For Your Business

Twitter is an indispensable tool for “social media marketing”. Here we’ve identified 25 of the most useful blogs out there that help light the way on this dark and endless road that we call social media. These blogs will be useful to you whether you just created your Twitter account and have no idea what to do with it  or even if you’ve been using it for a while and want to add “umph” to your social media endeavors. Learn how to use Twitter for your business today!

Enjoy!

  1. The Nicky Blog – The Nicky blog is a plethora of advice on social media strategy as a whole.
  2. Twitter Tools & Tips Blog – The Twitter Tools & Tips Blog is packed with advice you need to kick-start your Twitter marketing strategy.
  3. TwitterFools – TwitterFools is a great resource for Twitter users, including plenty of tips, tools and advice for making money with Twitter or generating business and followers.
  4. Hugh Briss – Hugh Briss covers all things social media on his self-named blog, but he doles out plenty of valuable Twitter advice.
  5. TweetSmarter – TweetSmarter is a comprehensive resource on all things Twitter, with some general social media goodies mixed in. Get info on Twitter lists, etiquette, SEO, Follow Friday and answers to pretty much any burning question that’s been on your mind.
  6. Twitip – Twitip is the complete guide to getting the most out of Twitter. Add this blog to your RSS feed to stay up-to-date on all the latest Twitter news and happenings, tips on maximizing your Twitter for business strategy, and information on the best tools to make Twitter more efficient.
  7. Twitterrati – Twitterrati is the brainchild of Mark Evans, who shares all his expertise on all things Twitter.
  8. Tweasier – The Tweasier Blog is your guide to using Twitter like a pro, with insights on trends in the world of Twitter marketing, how celebs use Twitter, the latest tools and techniques and more.
  9. Ask Aaron Lee – Aaron Lee shares his expertise on the social media scene at large, along with plenty of advice on mastering Twitter for business.
  10. Debbie Hemley – Debbie Hemley’s tagline is “all the news that’s fit to blog, tweet & post,” and she delivers just that with broad views of the online marketing and social media scene—with plenty of insights focused on Tweeting like a pro. Debbie is also a contributor at Social Media Examiner.

How can a website help my church?

According to Pope Benedict XVI, Catholics should embrace the new media and help evangelize the digital continent. Both for you and your parishioners, here’s why we think your church should have a website.

The days of the yellow pages are gone! When people are searching for a church they take to the search engines, as nothing we do nowadays can escape the clutches of the internet. Your parish website can increase the chance that those searching online will find your parish – take advantage of good SEO and the local Search Engine Results Page to boost your online evangelization.

Creating a website can also be used as a tool to tighten a community. Your church website can allow your parishioners to interact with each other, get to know the pastor, priest and staff. There’s no need for churchgoers to stop being a community outside of the church, and having a website at their disposal will definitely help.

A site can be used to organize church events so that people are well informed, ahead of time. Using a website, you can also let your parishioners know where you stand on issues important to the Catholic community and help promote Catholic values.

A church website is an opportunity to teach and learn. You can use your website to start an online ministry for Catholic apologetics, deeper bible learning, online video presentations and even audio recordings.

Donations can be streamlined. The majority of young adults are extremely invested in the digital world, so giving them an option to donate online can increase your churches revenues. Also, a donation page can be set up 24/7, and transactions can be made extremely safe via PayPal or other payment processors.
Keep better parishioner information. Move your database to the internet! It’s time the Catholic Church joins the digital continent and enter the 21st century!
Have you ever heard of the old saying “out of sight, out of mind”? If your church doesn’t have a website people are more likely to forget about its importance – and people are online all the time nowadays. Show your interest by creating a website for your church!

Drummer Boy Hosting’s website design services is a great way to create your parish website, we are truly committed to helping parishes worldwide attain an online presence. Because we’re really committed to ensuring your success, Drummer Boy Hosting has developed the world’s quickest, cheapest, most professional, and full-featured church websites using WordPress and the ever growing knowledge that we hold. We believe that every church in the world deserves an outstanding website–and for a limited time, we’re going to give 25 parishes a 60% discount!

To qualify for the 60% discount your parish must either not have a website at all, or your website must be seriously outdated. How do we determine that a site is outdated? If it was built more than 3years ago or using tables and has no Content Management System (CMS) you should seriously consider an update. So take advantage of our offer today! Call us toll free at 888-373-6111 or email us using our contact form.

With the internet being a part of our everyday lives, we shouldn’t fear or hate it. Remember, the internet is made up of people, so reaching out to those people is the best option we have of getting our point across. So if you want your local church to reach thousands via the internet contact us today and we can help you achieve that goal!

Learn WordPress: Pages

Learn WordPress: Pages

Continuing the video series on WordPress, here we present 3 videos on how to create and update pages inside of the WordPress back-end. Please remember to share with friends and neighbors that you think would benefit from this video series!

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Drummer Boy Hosting WordPress Video Series

Hey, have you noticed that we really like WordPress around here? Not yet? Well this post will make it official!

Here at Drummer Boy Hosting WordPress is the Content Management System (CMS) of choice. If you want the simplest most robust and effective CMS for your Parish, Ministry or Business–you will find it in WordPress. Why? Simple, since it’s inception in 2003, WordPress has become the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world. Today, it is in use in millions of websites and it is constantly expanded by thousands of plugins actively being developed and used daily. In our oppinion and that of many professional website developers, it is the most powerful CMS in the world.

No longer used exclusively for blogging, WordPress has become a very powerful CMS for your Parish, Ministry or Business website. Here are some key features that WordPress introduces for you.

  • It is a 100% free of charge open source software available for download here
  • WordPress is written in PHP and uses MySQL database
  • It is actively being updated by a dedicated team of developers
  • It is constantly being extended by the constant development of plugins, widgets and themes developed daily!
So who is using WordPress? Here is a short list of some of the most popular WordPress websites:
Just a few examples of popular websites that are run by WordPress. As you can see there are both blogs and full blown websites in the list. This is why we have decided to work exclusively with WordPress. So for our current clients and potential clients looking for a great solution to their website needs, we decided to create this 100% free video series that will introduce you to WordPress and will help you learn how to keep your website updated. Enjoy!

 

Learn About WordPress Posts

Learn About The WordPress Posts

Continuing the video series on WordPress, here we present 3 videos on how to create and update posts inside of the WordPress back-end. Please remember to share this video series with your friends and neighbors that you think would benefit from this video series!

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The WordPress dashboard

Learn about the WordPress Dashboard

Below you will find a list of 4 videos that will help you get more familiar with WordPress’ dashboard. If you need more help with learning how WordPress can help your Parish, Ministry or Business, we invite you to chat live with us so we can answer any of your questions!

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html5

HTML5 the future is now here!

It’s pretty clear that the church is pretty behind on utilizing the new media successfully  and efficiently. I would venture to say that most parishes haven’t updated their website since the early 2000s and since these early days, there have been some major changes in HTML and CSS that will allow the church to take clear advantage of and finally not only get in the game, but push ahead and be leaders in this all important medium.

There have been some major changes in HTML and CSS that will allow the church to take clear advantage of and finally not only get in the game, but push ahead and be leaders in this all important medium.

HTML5 is not set to officially be the norm until 2022, but thanks to the growing popularity of modern browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Ap ple’s Safari, it is possible to code a website in HTML5 and CSS3 today! This is a guide of today’s coding standards and the things you will be able to do with your website. Drummer Boy Hosting is focusing on creating all future websites with HTML5 and CSS3.

What is the difference between HTML5 and Web2.0?

Below is a small list of things HTML5 will better than standard Web2.0 sites:
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  • Offline Storage: This is a special cookie that allows you to store large amounts of data making it much more functional than plain old cookies.
  • Canvas drawing: Basically, you will be able to create content that moves without the need of expensive software like Adobe’s Flash
  • Native video and audio streaming support: Creating a video player with pure HTML5 code will be easy and play back across all web platforms, both windows and apple products!
  • Geolocation: HTML5 can find your location and use it to tailor things like tag your Twitter and Facebook updates, and more.
  • Smarter forms: Coders will have a much easier using forms and interacting with them in HTML5. This is a major and great improvement!
  • Web application focus: Creating features such as drag and drop tools and using modern web elements into any site, and have them work the same across browsers.

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These are just some of the upgrades HTML5 brings, but let’s get to the end result–how can the church use this technology?

HTML5 and the Church

This is it! Our opportunity to get up to date and stay up to date with the web! Here are four ways that the Church can take advantage of HTML5 in their websites today:

[accordion_content title=”Inspire via audio or video” title_size=”h4″]Create a weekly and or even daily update to your parishioners or clients. Today’s young adults and youth love video. Statistics show that sites that contain original video are more likely to gather a following. Take advantage of this medium, make your knowledge of what people want/need a major goal for your website.[/accordion_content]

[accordion_content title=”Create an interactive learning tool” title_size=”h4″]Website interaction is key to the survival, popularity and success of any website. Users love tools that teach them and why not make them a beautiful presentation using HTML5 and CSS3. Here is an examples that I’ve created for you! History of the Church[/accordion_content]

[accordion_content title=”Use geo location to help parishioners or clients find you” title_size=”h4″]Create a map with your location that automatically detects where the user is and the fastest path to find you. A beautiful example of this is in this contact form. Available for your purchase here.[/accordion_content]

[accordion_content title=”Use web forms that allow you to connect” title_size=”h4″]Again, back to interaction. Your website visitors love to interact with your tools, think of fun and creative ways to use the web forms of HTML5–perhaps a nice catholic drag and drop quiz or even a poll. (examples are coming soon).[/accordion_content]

In conclusion, let the development of HTML5 be your inspiration to reach out to your parishioners, clients or target market. This is the time for the church to enact on the call to a new evangelization in this new and beautiful medium.

Why Choose Catholic Web Hosting?

There are literally thousands of different web site hosting and design firms in the world. In this vast ocean of choices, you will find some that are truly amazing, and as in the perilous ocean, some can be a nightmare. Choosing your web host is a very important decision for your ministry. This is a guide to choosing the right web site hosting company. As a shameless plug, this is also a guide to highlight our strengths and help you decide whether we are the right choice for you. Trust us… we are!

It is our mission to help the Church become a force in the inter-webs.

The Basics

Some of the top reasons you should pick the right host include the very basics: Server reliability (a.k.a Uptime), Customer Support and Server Side Features, e.g., Control Panel ease of use, Email Functionality, and PHP versions.  We believe that you deserve more than the basics. You deserve to receive more value for the trust, time, and money that you invest on a web hosting company. Here are top five factors that sets apart Drummer Boy Hosting, a Catholic Based Web Hosting Company:

[accordion_content title=”5. We Hold Your Moral Values ” title_size=”h4″]We are committed to the teachings of the Catholic Church. We absolutely do not promote pornography, contraception, and abortion.[/accordion_content]
[accordion_content title=”4. We Share a Big Interest in Helping Your Ministry Grow!” title_size=”h4″]Not only are we dedicated to giving you excellent customer service, we are even more committed to helping you reach your vision and fulfill your mission.[/accordion_content]
[accordion_content title=”3. You Help Support Our Mission” title_size=”h4″]We are here to help pave the way for the Church to move forward with the new media and digital age. It is our mission to help the Church become a strong influential force in the inter-webs.[/accordion_content]
[accordion_content title=”2. You Support Parishes in the U.S.A. and Worldwide” title_size=”h4″]By choosing Drummer Boy Hosting, you are also helping parishes worldwide. When we reach our goal of 2400 hosted accounts, we will begin a new ministry that will offer free website design and development for Catholic Churches worldwide! We wish this is the case now, but until that goal is met, bills have to be paid. In order for us to achieve this goal, we must have a solid monetary foundation to ensure we can employ the right staff and make our vision a reality! 2400 customers? With God’s Grace, everything is impossible![/accordion_content]
[accordion_content title=”1. You Expand Your Knowledge of Online Ministry” title_size=”h4″]By choosing us, you will be able to grow your online ministry and become more knowledgeable in maximizing the power of the web. You will become instrumental in promoting the call of Pope John Paul the II and Pope Benedict the XVI in using the new media and digital age for God’s Greater Glory![/accordion_content]