It’s common for brick-and-mortar businesses to put handicapped parking spaces right in front of their buildings since a significant percentage of people have trouble walking long distances due to age, injury, or disability. In a similar way, if your target audience includes a significant number of people who speak a language other than English, you must present information on your website in that language.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, located on the northside of Springfield, Missouri, offers services in both English and Spanish.

Matthew at Henderson worked with parish staff and volunteers to develop a bilingual website.

screen shots of a bi-lingual website design showing the English and Spanish home pages
These screenshots show the top of the homepage, in both English and Español.

The content on this site is translated by bilingual staff members of the church, which is a much more accurate way of translating than using automated technologies to handle translations.

Henderson Media developed the WordPress site with a plugin that makes it easy to manage both “sides” of the website.

A website design that reflects the diverse congregation

“It is important that people have access to the same information, whether they speak English or Spanish,” explained Henderson. “We want to offer the same user experience to both demographics of people.”

Every page on the site is offered in both languages.

Modern website design technology

This project includes:

  • A new mobile-friendly website design that looks good on desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones.
  • A content-management system from WordPress.org that allows the staff members and volunteers to handle most content changes and additions, without the need to hire a web designer.
  • Fresh content writing to describe the church and its activities.
  • Photography at of the property.
  • Website management training.

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