This is a project that I have been working on for awhile, in discussion and collaboration with ten other fine fellows who are Christian web designers and developers. It arose of out a discussion in the comments of an article I wrote about how most Christian web design agencies are still living out the glory days of the 1990s. In my opinion, we should be giving the best of what we have to offer, not re-hashing old table-based layouts.
So, in an effort to help further the usage of web standards by churches and other ministries, we are starting the Godbit Project, which will feature tutorials, interviews, and a gallery. We hope that by writing educational articles, interviewing designers, and showing off the best of church web design, we will help affect change in some small way. There is also a forum for people to ask questions.
We hope for this to be a sounding board for other Christian web designers as they attempt to learn more advanced techniques. We also hope to see pastors and parishioners utilize the forum, getting advice before getting investing in a solution. Ideally, it will be a meeting place for those who have knowledge, and those who want to learn, both in theology and technology.
We expect this to begin gradually, like most new endeavors. I personally had a hard time finding church sites to feature for the gallery. I would happen upon one that looked cool, but upon checking the source, would find lots of sloppy, outdated code driving the site. So, if you know of any good church or ministry sites, let me know. Also, if you have an article you'd like to contribute, we're open to that as well. Feel free to spread the word.