One of the great things that we like is to get feedback from people who visit the CCI website about things that can be improved, or are not working, or ideas and suggestions.
One of the most frequent comments received is that the site didn’t show up very well in smaller display screens – e.g. a laptop or notebook. So while I (Nick) do actually design on a great big 24″ screen, I have been playing around to see how we might do this better to take into account all these different size displays. And then Tim Hyde, a Baptist Minister in the UK – who also happens to run a web ministry, designing wordpress themes particularly for churches, launched a theme called XI. Very trendy name I know . However it’s biggest feature was that it automatically resizes itself (images, texts, boxes, pretty much everything) depending on what screen the website is being view on – even down to mobiles and iBooks.
So after testing it out on a couple of other church sites I have been building I decided to implement this on the CCI website and, so far, I am very pleased with the results and hope that those of you who visit the site regularly will send us your feedback if you have any complaints, criticisms, ideas or other suggestions of how we might improve things – we just want to make our site as good as it can be for you.
And just for your information, here’s a few stats from the website (some of which are mind blowing!) – the last time we shared anything about our website visitors was back in August, so these figures are from 1 August to today:
- Almost 1,500 visitors to the website from 86 countries since 1 August
- 45% of those were unique (first time) visitors to the CCI website.
- Over 60% of visitors to the site are reading Bill’s blog (kewl!)
- The English version of Small Groups Development was downloaded 260 times (making almost 790 downloads this year)
- The Russian version of the Small Groups Development manual has been downloaded 160 times since it was put on the site – that is just amazing!
And on our facebook page, we have had over 2,400 visitors since the page was launched on October 18 – unbelievable. Even though we only have around 40 people who ‘like’ us, it’s amazing that so many people have found that little page on FB and are finding our website from there.
These website statistics are very encouraging to us (me as well as Bill and Beryl) and confirm – like we didn’t already know – that we are not in control of how CCI’s work and materials will be used by God. If we only measured the impact of this website by the number of people who contacted us, or who had signed up for the blog, or are on our mailing list, or who “LIKE” our FB page – we could easily be disappointed, or upset or discouraged. But the fact that we can see that what we are sharing and have to say is being read by many many more people than we could have imagined is just such a wonderful blessing and encouragement – and we especially want to really thank ALL OF YOU who visit the site regularly, share posts and articles with your friends, comment on posts and give us feedback. Thank you, sincerely.
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