I was really struggling with how to write this post. I wanted to make it seem epic – and it is epic – but in a pedestrian sort of way (I’m aware of the oxymoron). “How” you ask?
Well, here’s the deal: the world is full of detractors and distractors and discouragers. It’s almost as if we’re almost constantly surrounded by some undead version of life, constantly trying to suck us down to its level and force us into a depraved life of destruction.
As I ponder this, it bothers me more each day. It bothers me because sometimes I walk around like some angry zombie, looking for some life to destroy. It bothers me because I don’t believe life was supposed to be like this. Continue reading
Have you ever wondered why some ministries and charities seem to struggle to secure financing? I mean, sometimes people serving the most worthwhile causes always seem to struggle to fund the work God has given them. And, let’s be clear, I believe God’s guidance, presence, and provision are our lifeblood. I believe that God will provide the finances for the visions he gives us.
Sure, some people will teach tactics like, “get financing from organizations and not individuals” or “always wear a nice suit.” And those can work. Maybe. But that’s not what I’m talking about.
I wonder if there’s a fundamental way that we can look at this differently.
Frankly, I wonder if maybe ministries and charities focus on the wrong things in their communication. I wonder if maybe we should focus more on building relationships and sharing a vision of the future instead of only presenting the needs of the present.
As you might know by now, I’ve turned a little corner and I’ve hijacked this blog to write about and learn about some of the challenges that missionaries face and to offer any solutions I can create or find. But I think it’s about time to return this blog to its normal purposes.
So far, I’ve been able to respond to a couple of questions that came up from my survey.
- Keep Your WordPress Website Going Without a Computer
- How to Maintain Your WordPress Website Without a Computer
I’m certainly open to answering more but I’d like to open up a new website dedicated to serving missionaries. That leads me to the purpose for this post.
I want your help
The other day I wrote about a couple of apps that will allow you to continue creating and editing content on your WordPress-based website without having a computer. In that post I mentioned that there are some things that you can’t do with the official WordPress apps for iOS and Android.
In particular, neither of the apps will help you take care of installing or updating plugins or templates, security updates, or database backups – all things that are very important to keeping your website running in tip-top shape.
So, what are you to do?
Bury your head in the sand and hope that your website doesn’t have any problems? Do you call the whole thing off? Do you hire a website designer to handle maintenance for you? Is there another way?
Depending on your situation, you may have to hire somebody. But if you have internet access on your smart phone, you have more options. You can use a service like ManageWP (affiliate link) to handle those things for as low as $0.70 per month per website at the time I’m writing this (that’s really inexpensive).
All in One
Well, if it’s not truly all in one, it’s pretty close. Frankly, I think their service is stellar and I use it to manage several websites myself (I’m on the free plan, which might be the right plan for you too).
From a single dashboard I’m able to update plugins and templates across multiple sites with just a click or two.
- I can clean out old revisions of posts.
- I can clean out overloaded tables.
- I can scan for security breaches and manage comments.
- I can update plugins and templates.
- I can check things like page load speed.
There are even options for automatic database backups and way more than I can put in this post.
It gets better
But the slickest part of all is that they have apps available for both iOS and Andriod. When I first learned about ManageWP about a year ago, I didn’t even know they had an app. I just started using the service because it was meeting my needs. When I discovered the app, I got excited; even though I do much of my work on my MacBook, it’s great to know I can use the app if I need to.
Could a mobile app help you?
Maybe that’s the ticket for you, too. If you need to be able to keep up your WordPress website’s security and plugins but don’t have consistent access to a computer, check out ManageWP.
You can sign up for free to try out all the features and then choose a plan that works for your needs. Anything from totally free for up to 5 websites to $4.20 per month for a whole host of features.
Like I said before, I’m using the free version but I do plan to upgrade so that I can:
- Increase the number of sites I manage
- Schedule automated backups
- Run Search Engine Optimization checks
- Get uptime reports
It’s your turn
I’d love to hear from you. Whether you leave me a comment or shoot me an email, I want to know whether you’re finding this valuable.
- What do you like/dislike about ManageWP?
- What other services would be valuable for a content producer such as a missionary who doesn’t always have access to the internet on a computer?
- If you know a missionary, I’d love to “internet-meet” him or her. Would you connect us?
- If you are a missionary, I’d love to hear about what you have going on with your internet presence – what’s working and what challenges you’re facing.
Until the next time, may the peace of God guard your hearts in Christ Jesus.
One of the problems I hear from missionaries is that it’s difficult to update their websites while they are on the field. And that the biggest reason it’s hard is because they don’t always know when they’ll be able to get access to the internet using their computers.
Fortunately, armed with a smart phone, you can keep your website going using the official WordPress apps (iOS, Android). In fact, even though I live in the US, I have the official WordPress app loaded on my iPad and I’ve used it as recently as this week to update my blog.
So, a couple of days ago I let you know that I was turning a corner with this blog, at least for a little while. I’m looking for opportunities to connect with missionaries, hoping to find something I can do to serve those who are on the field.
It would thrill me to learn I can offer something that will help missionaries stay in the field longer and be more connected with their supporters without taking focus or time from their primary ministry focus.
I’m happy to tell you that I’ve already gotten a couple of responses and recommendations of more people to contact. If you’re a missionary, I’d love it if you would take my (really short) survey. And if you know any missionaries, it would be great if you could connect us. I promise I won’t spam them or anything. Continue reading
So, in case you’ve not noticed, it’s been a while since I’ve written. Frankly, it’s been too long. I’ve had ideas but I’ve not taken the time to flesh them out and make them into something. But that’s not really what I’m writing about today.
For the past three years I’ve been the webmaster and social media manager for Springhouse Worship and Arts Center and I really enjoy the work. I like the challenge of finding ways to connect with people over digital media and sharing “God moments.” And I want to expand that.