Our site uses Drupal, a free, open-source Content Management System (CMS). A CMS typically stores different kinds of information items, e.g., menus, events, topics, stories, newsfeeds, sermons, blogs and forms in a database; it then applies a theme (via a template/style sheet) for fonts, colors, layout to generate web pages automatically. Other typical CMS: Joomla; WordPress (free hosting for WP subset).
Although a lot of functionality comes built-in with Drupal, our site adds many (free) 3rd-party modules; many themes are available for page layout/appearance -- our site uses an "adaptive theme" which supports responsive web design, i.e., for many screen sizes, esp. tablets and smartphones.
We are currently using Drupal version 7.x in a multi-site configuration; recent updates to our site; when Drupal 8 and necessary modules become available and stable, we'll consider upgrading. Hostgator.com provides our certified green web hosting using Apache web server software.
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- Acquia: commercially supported Drupal
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- US WhiteHouse (yep, uses Drupal); background article
- videos: What is Drupal?; tutorials: GotDrupal
- OR State open source lab (Drupal)
- Drupal in So. Oregon
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- UUWiki: Websters
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- Geeks & God; blog: Matt Farina
- UU Resources: newsfeeds, blogs, audio, podcasts, video, social networks
- PNWD: Technology for Congregations
- Churches use Twitter
- Some search for church by way of the Web
- Can online communities take the place of offline religious life?
- Technology for the Masses: More and more, churches embracing use of iPads, smartphones during services
- Web Tools for Volunteer Management
- riseup.net email lists for activists