For the last three days, I've made quick-and-dirty survey of all Unitarian Universalist congregational websites. Most are acceptable, if improvable. Some very good. But too many are homely, underpowered or just plain ugly. About 18 are down or broken, at least right now. Two or three have let their domains expire. And some congregations have no web presence at all. And what about mobile devices?
As I go through the hundreds of websites -- getting an impression of the front pages -- I'm sorting some of them into the following categories:
- The very basic (though not necessarily bad)
- The shockingly ugly (though perhaps technologically serviceable)
- Those which use very slightly altered WordPress default templates
- Lost or non-loading sites
Without embarrassing any particular congregation (but I might praise a couple) I'll report on what I found later. An actionable step away our too-common culture of shabbiness.