Website and IT Report 2013
The church website (www.bpuc.org) attracts an average of 2500 unique visitors per month in 2013, experiencing marked growth again over previous years. Visitors with mobile phones and tablets is around 13%. The five most viewed pages are the home page followed by Briar Eyers, Website setup, Current Events and a sermon by Alfred Gifford in 1945. This figures should be viewed with a grain of salt though as it seems as though many of the visitors are robots and automated attacks. It would seem that the popularity of the Website setup page and the Alfred Gifford sermon is undeserved and the more human visitors actually appreciate contact details and information about weddings.
The hall computers continue to age but are well loved by children after morning worship. As at 20 January 2014 the spare computers take up about 1.5 cubic meters of space in the southern tank room, up from 1.35 at the same time last year.
Other activities completed in 2013 include:
- Further develoment of a Facebook page for BPUC (facebook.com/bpuc.org); currently 58 likes (33 last year)
- Experimentation with other social media such as Twitter and Google Plus.
Plans for 2014 include:
- Refinement of electronic order of service
- Making the use of video projection easier and less intrusive in worship.
- Tracking paper order of service demands to better match production with usage.
- Better reporting of photocopier usage for billing
- Better network documentation and computer labelling (larger print!)
- Possible further training courses to build upon the Broadband for Seniors and to meet congregational needs.
- Ongoing reduction in the amount of unused equipment stored
- Further exploration of social media and mobile services to further BPUC's mission (in line with recommendations from the Communications Working Group)
- Progress towards automated rather than manual backup of all computers
- Enabling a better experience for the increased mobile phone and tablet users of the church website.
With some help from Derek Munneke I have continued to help with the church’s computing needs, including providing support for the office, ministers and the Bari Cultural School.