May 2018 - New Website Creator option for
Adventist Places in the South Pacific Division
Adventist Media’s (Sydney, Australia) new website creator, Adventist Place, is now available for churches.
Designed especially for smaller churches, schools and missions without a tech savvy webmaster, Adventist Place is a fully subsidised, easy-to-use website creator for any officially recognised Adventist entity within the South Pacific Division (SPD).
Adventist Place is a simplified and modernised alternative to the netAdventist website platform the SPD hosted and supported between 2007-2017.
“When we needed to move forward from netAdventist we created a Simple Church webpage service as an easy fall-back option for churches who weren’t able to organise a modern website presence on their own,” says Daniel Lewis, lead developer at Adventist Media.
“However the feedback we received showed it was too simple for many to be practical. This lead us to rework the service into the much more comprehensive Adventist Place website creator. It’s still simple, from a design and management point of view, but now flexible enough to allow hands-on creation of a reasonably comprehensive and creative web presence.”
The website can be built as a basic set-and-forget information site or regularly updated with events, bulletins, podcasts and video. It allows churches to integrate content from their existing social media pages with their websites and a built in stock photography feature helps webmasters apply professional images to their pages.
Adventist Place is developed and supported by Adventist Media.
“We’re providing this service to make sure every church entity in the SPD has the opportunity to create a great looking website without needing to be a web developer,” says Kalvin Dever, CEO of Adventist Media. “The aim is to help churches progress from having a website that looks old or has out-of-date information - or that don’t have a website at all because it’s all too hard. This service makes it easy for churches to have a neat looking website to represent their church. Adventist Place is part of a larger digital platform that we are developing that also includes Adventist Cloud, AdHub and DiscoveryHub. We’ll work on tweaking Adventist Place as more feedback comes in and technology moves forward.”
To find out more, ask questions or get started, visit: www.adventist.place
Sep 2016 - SPD netAdventist Closure Notice
The SPD is no longer hosting and supporting netAdventist websites form June 30, 2017.
For 10 years the South Pacific Division (SPD) chose to subsidise netAdventist as an easy-to-use, division-wide web platform so even the smallest of Adventist entities could have an online presence.
Technology progressed in amazing ways in those 10 years. While we still believed in the concept of netAdventist, the initial potential it had, and appreciate the hard work put in by developers and support teams of the General Conference, there are a few key reasons that have lead to the decision to move away from netAdventist as the SPD’s supported web platform.
Essentially, we believed it was no longer a service which was up to the standards needed for our division’s websites. The combination of considerable server downtimes, key feature breakages, content loss on upgrades and the lack of progress with the technology’s pace is why we felt it was in the best interest for sites to move forward.
We strongly believe every church still needs a web presence to, above all, assist seeking community members in their decision to set foot in a church and assist in their spiritual journey to the Kingdom.
What the world was like when SPD joined netAdventist in 2007
- Myspace was king as Facebook was trying to find its feet and Twitter had just been born.
- YouTube was in its infant founding years.
- Wii and PS3 were the latest, greatest game consoles.
- The iPhone 3GS had not been released yet, iPads were still three years away.
- Windows XP and Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) were standard.
- It was before the Beijing, Vancouver, London, Sochi and Rio Olympic Games had taken place.
- John Howard and Helen Clark were prime ministers, George Bush was president of USA.
- Pastor Laurie Evans was SPD president.