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Lifeisaprayer.com ranked in top .25% of all websites!

Due almost exclusively to the Articles section of this website, it seems that Lifeisaprayer.com (this website) ranks at number 422,290 of approximately 180,000,000 websites on the Internet (according to Alexa).

Alexa Internet Traffic Ranking for Lifeisaprayer.com

The most popular content on the site, by a very large margin, are the following articles:

These articles alone count for about 70% of daily traffic, almost exclusively through Google.com search results. Since migrating this website from a custom HTML website (everything was posted through Dreamweaver and Thingamablog) to Drupal, with much better theme organization, my traffic has increased about 20%.

This post was prompted by some research for one of the other large websites I maintain, archstl.org - which is ranked a little over 800,000. I looked up lifeisaprayer.com on the NMAP Favicon graph, and found it (a tiny, but visible, icon :)

Lifeisaprayer favicon on nmaps

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My highest-level password (I have about 8 levels of passwords, memorized, then a couple levels that are even higher than the password below, but which I haven't memorized, so I can't use them that often):

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Just Upgraded Catholic News Live

I just finished a few upgrades on catholicnewslive.com - check it out! If you have a blog or website, you can now embed a Catholic News Live 'latest news' widget on your blog by clicking on the 'Embed' button at the bottom right of any listing page.

Updated Front Page Images...

After a few months without seeing an update, I finally took the time to process a few more photos for the front page of Lifeisaprayer.com - you can visit the front page and take a look for yourself. You can always click on one of the images to see them all for yourself, in a timeline of sorts.

Archdiocese of Saint Louis Redesigns Website

Archdiocese of Saint Louis' Upgraded Website

The Archdiocese of Saint Louis today upgraded its entire website to a new design and a new platform, allowing offices and agencies to more quickly and more easily communicate with the faithful in the Archdiocese (and around the world!).

I've been working on this project (with a lot of help from Palantir, a web development company in Chicago) and some local developers for the past year, and I am pleased with the result (I hope you are, too!). I've written up more information about the technical aspects of the site on Open Source Catholic (read more about the Archdiocese of Saint Louis' Upgraded Website), and I will continue writing some posts about specific details on the Open Source Catholic website.

Some of the highlights of the redesign:

  • The new Archdiocesan-wide Calendar of Events
  • The revamped Prayer Request system
  • The accessible and standards-compliant design (tested in all major browsers)
  • A new Parish, School, and Organization directory.
  • Every organization now has a more unified interface, and the adminstrative backend is greatly improved

Go ahead and visit the upgraded website: Archdiocese of Saint Louis

Other St. Louis-area Catholic Blogs/Bloggers

[UPDATE: I've posted a more comprehensive guide that I intend to keep updated here: St. Louis-area Catholic Bloggers/Websites].

I've come to the realization that many St. Louis-area Catholics have no idea how many excellent blogs are published by other Catholics in the area. Here are the ones I know of - feel free to leave a link to any that I've missed in the comments below.

  • Archdiocese of Saint Louis

    Obviously the main source of information for Archdiocesan events. I hear they're getting a site upgrade soon... more to come ;-)

  • Saint Louis Catholic

    A great blog about timely news in the Archdiocese, with a bit of a traditional slant. Often uses colorful and entertaining language when discussing the current state of affairs.

  • Rome of the West

    Blog by a Catholic photographer and explorer who has also helped with the publication of books highlighting the Catholic heritage of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Many beautiful photos from in and around St. Louis can be found on this blog!

  • Aeternus

    This blog has a more spiritual nature, and looks gorgeous (especially in its simplicity). It's nice to have in the feed reader for an occasional reflective post.

  • Southern Illinois Catholic

    This blog often reflects on the current political climate, liturgical advancements, and general Catholic goings-on in and around St. Louis and the Metro East.

  • Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

    Blog about Archdiocesan events, politics, and culture. Updated regularly.

  • OYM Blogs

    Blog posts from many individuals involved in St. Louis Archdiocesan youth ministry. Topics include humor, spirituality, prayer, youth ministry, sexuality, and the Church.

  • Snup's View from the Back Pew

    A very timely blog, where the author travels to a new parish within the Archdiocese every week and gives, quite literally, a 'view from the back pew' (along with some observations about the liturgy). Definitely worth subscribing, especially since you can essentially take an online pilgrimage to the parishes in the Archdiocese!

  • Homeschool Goodies

    Great blog about homeschooling run by a homeschooling mom from Northwest St. Louis County.

  • The Forum

    A blog by a local young adult with excellent and timely analysis of political news from around the St. Louis region, around the U.S., and around the world.

  • Archdiocese of St. Louis' Mission Blog

    Run by the staff and other contributors in the Mission Office for the Archdiocese.

  • We Need Faith, Hope & Charity

    Blog about saints and relevant situations facing Catholics today.

Any blogs I'm missing? Please add them below - I'd like to try to have St. Louis area Catholic bloggers a little more in-touch, instead of operating as little islands of Catholic bloggyness. Having a list of all the blogs would help this effort.

[EDIT] Here are some more blogs suggested by others:

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