Saturday, February 6, 2010

Fishing On Line, or, A Walleye Server?

Yeah, lame title(s). But there's this convergence between this week's Gospel lesson and an email from a parishioner who organized our website makeover.

From that Gospel:

"Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch." Simon answered, "Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets."

From that email:

"Right before I launched the website I started to list why the website should have failed:

-We didn't know or have access to the host, time was needed to research and track it down

-We didn't know or have access to the domain, time was needed to research and track it down

-Had to convince host and domain services to reset the passwords once they believed who we were

-The budget for this project was $0 to work with

-The first web development software wasn't compatible with the server

-Had to review 20+ web development tools to find one with most of the features

-Once a development tools was selected additional software had to be custom made to allow all features to function

-Web pages needed to be recreated in the new platform from scratch

-Needed to learn the HTML language

-Needed to learn the PHP language

-We needed to find a tool to interface with the server

-None of us had experience with developing a website or working with a server

-We received server access on 1/20 so we had 10 days to debug, test and launch the site

-None of us had experience with media files

-None of us had experience with email submission

-None of us had worked with a statistical counter capturing tool

-We only had 2 months to develop and launch the new site from start to end

-and the list goes on

And then I listed why it worked
+A strong faith
+Lots of prayers.

It's interesting how we focus on the negative yet the positive side should out weigh it every time."

Show up and hear that Gospel. And, if you get a chance, check out our revamped website. Keep faith, pray lots, and let Christ outweigh all else.

No comments: