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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Archdiocese of Birmingham launches new web system
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¬†A new, easy to use, low cost, website for the Archdiocese of Birmingham was launched by Gabriel Internet during a meeting of the Council of Priests held at Oscott College, the Diocesan Seminary, on Friday. The service allows individual parishes to have their own websites that can link with the rest of the diocese. The system is a partnership between the Diocesan Schools Commission and Gabriel Media Ltd. After the launch, Archbishop Vincent Nichols said: "I welcome the new development of our Diocesan website. I believe it will make the site far more interactive and informative. Every parish and other subscribers will able to keep their own pages fully up to date. I hope for many hits!" Fr Marcus Stock, Director of Schools, who has managed the diocesan website for the past six years said: "It needed to be developed as a more effective tool for communication across the diocese. I asked Gabriel Media Ltd to create a new website that would make a range of web services available to parishes and schools." Fr Stock added: "I hope that the new website and the services provided by Gabriel Media will enable clergy, parishioners, schools and general enquirers to get up-to-date information about the diocese in a simple and accessible way. It's low cost, £79 per annum for parishes." Asked in what particular ways the new website would be a more effective tool for communications across the diocese, Clive Wright, of Lichfield-based Gabriel Media Ltd, replied: "The site is now data-driven which although not changing the external appearance significantly enables whoever is editing it to do so more easily and efficiently. "The main website aims to provide parishes and schools with their own websites that are easy to create, edit and develop. There is a fear that setting up a website is either too complicated or too expensive. This new linked-up system does not require special software as it can be edited from any computer attached to the internet." Mr Wright continued: "A site is initially set up by the company and then simply by going onto the internet a person can use their passworded access to do anything from creating pages, adding news and galleries through to more exciting features like uploading virtual tours or digital film clips. The system is extremely versatile and a parish or organisation can create as many pages or as large a site as they wish at no extra cost." Mr Wright added: "My two fellow directors and I are all committed Catholics and we have a very good knowledge of the diocese and the Catholic Church in general. We are committed to placing Gospel values at the heart of our business. We donate 12.5% of all revenues to the Gabriel Education Trust. This is a charitable trust set up to support educational projects in the developing world." For more information see:
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