My new youth group website is live!

Youth group websiteWhew! I’ve built a lot of websites, but none quite this interactive and intricate. After 6 weeks of coding, there’s still a lot of work to do, but it’s finished enough for my youth group to start playing around on it. Here it is:

Some of the features include the normal stuff:

  • Photo albums
  • Videos
  • Forums
  • Downloads
  • ParentLink Newsletter
  • News announcements
  • Youth group calendar

I suspect that once the students register an account and start crawling around they’ll notice a lot of cool little features all over the place.

The best part is that I worked hard to make the site as interactive as possible, a little online community where we can hang out and communicate throughout the week. Students can post comments on almost anything: announcements, news updates, videos, pictures, not to mention private messaging between friends or even groups of friends. A live shoutbox is enabled on every page, too, for easy chat between users on the site. I’m sure that’ll be a great way for kids to get to know other people in the youth group.

Adult youth leaders will have their accounts upgraded to be able to post front page news (thereby automatically emailing our entire youth ministry mailing list), access a private youth leader forum, add calendar events and more. Student leaders will also have extra privileges enabled for their accounts.

Although the site is open to the public now, I plans to add a couple more features as time permits:

  • Private forums for girls, guys, and small groups.
  • Event and trip sign-ups.
  • The entire youth group music library made available as streaming audio. Instead of borrowing the CDs from the youth group CD collection, students will be able to listen to “check them out” online, create playlists, rate favorite songs, and more. (This feature will be available only to verified youth group members.)

I’m looking forward to interacting with all the students online!

Posted on June 6, 2007

  • Do you mind sharing who you developed your website with? or was it completely on your own?

  • Tim the site looks great.

  • Tim

    @ Courtney: I started pulling all the info together for ya, but it I think I’ll just turn it into a blog post for everyone. Hang tight…

    @ Jason: Thanks, man! :)

  • Tim, the site looks great. Good job.

    Is that Joomla?

  • Looks great- I can’t wait to see what CMS you used… I guessing Drupal… Oh wait- I just looked at your source. Joomla… I tried that once and got very confused.

  • Tim

    Yup, it’s Joomla! I love it! I used to use Mambo way back when for my Guild Wars guild website and for other sites, but Mambo has kinda died and morphed into Joomla. Works pretty much the same way.

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  • Tim

    Here ya go, Courtney! I just wrote this post that spells out the details of my youth group website. Hope it helps!

  • The style of writing is very familiar . Did you write guest posts for other blogs?

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