SFOusa.org is a free website platform and management system run by Secular Franciscans to improve the online presence of Secular Franciscan Fraternities worldwide.
Your Fraternity Website will include a number of features:
- We offer videos & handbook built into the website manager to learn how to customize & edit your website.
- WordPress also has a great website and forum that offer support.
- You can also use Skype, Google Hangouts, e-mail or Phone to work with us on questions for your website. Skype & Google offer screensharing that we can both work together on issues raised by your webmaster.
- If you have questions, please e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Keep you current domain name and we can repoint this address to the new website. You are responsible to maintain the annual fee to whomever you originally signed-up with your domain name.
- You can choose a name for FREE under our domain: [your name.sfousa.org]
- You can get a new custom domain through PublishPipe (a company run by Carl Stacy, OFS) with prices displayed in search. You can use PublishPipe to search for a new address and see what is available. PublishPipe registration includes DNS management, contact privacy, and 10 free email forwarding addresses for your domain. http://domains.publishpipe.
- Our websites are managed by us and run through Amazon Web Services, a very reliable web hosting company that we monitor 24-hours a day. Our cell phones will send us alerts if there are problems with the system, but you are also free to e-mail me if you have any problems, and we respond ASAP.
- All of our websites are backed-up daily for 90 days. If there has been a problem, you can e-mail me with the day you want the site restored to, and we can do this very quickly.
- We have included a number of plug-ins to make the website have great functionality. If there is a plug-in you would like to add, please contact us and we can add this to all the SFO websites through our administration of the websites.
- You are free to install other themes, if you want to change to another theme in WordPress, but would recommend keeping this theme, as it could be a lot of work for your webmaster to make all the updates.
- You can have multiple members of your fraternity manage the website, just send me the desired user name and passwords for each upon set-up.
- Providing support and news about WordPress
- Announcing new plug-ins and features added to our service
- Ideas and news links from our Franciscan Family (all three orders)
- Ideas and news links from the many Catholic New Media sources we follow
7) Google Translator installed which offers support for 80 languages.
8) Content already installed to your website that you are free to edit, add, or delete including:
- SFO Rule & Constitution
- Who are the SFO
- Video & Photo Page
- History of St. Francis & St. Clare
- News from the Vatican
- Easy Newsletter editor and management called What You See Is Just Awesome (or you can add your exisiting newsletter to section already to add your content)
Websites provided by Catholic Web Services, LLC (a non-profit ministry run by Secular Franciscans)
Websites of FRATERNITIES WE SERVE:
St. Joseph of Cupertino – Ellicott City, MD
St. Peter – Somerset, NJ