Josh worked with a lay committee and synagogue staff to totally redesign Congregation Beth Jacob’s website.
In the initial planning stages, the congregation’s communications committee articulated objectives for the site that included:
The design of the site — including a custom WordPress theme coded from scratch — reflects these goals. So does the site’s underlying architecture, which employs special templates that populate pages with dynamic content. For example, CBJ staff members can create an event that will appear on the site’s calendar as well as on the appropriate sub-pages of the site depending on simple metadata “tagging.” An event that’s been given the tags “worship” and “religious school” will appear on the Upcoming Events listing on the sidebar of Worship pages as well as on the religious school calendar. As a result, it’s easy for staff to maintain the site, and when visitors go searching for specific information, it’s current and exactly where they expect it to be.
CBJ staff and leadership also have the ability to post content (text, pictures, video, calendar events, links, etc.) via email or mobile app, and are be able to utilize user permissions to designate various levels of site updating abilities to different individuals.
The Motech Agency handled CBJ’s transition to a new web host, moved online forms from the congregation’s JotForm account into a new internal form-management system, and built integration with the congregation’s existing calendaring system (CalendarWiz).
Josh also provided photography for the site, including the sanctuary image on the homepage and the staff headshots.
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