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Church websites are so essential! But your ‘website’ is only a tool for delivering effective content. We’ve been building church websites for 10 years and here’s 4 things to consider:

  1. Hosting has become a commodity. So you should be paying about $10/month. Ensure the host allows you to change things easily and cancel (while you maintain ownership) at anytime. Also, check with your programmers to make sure they are familiar with the host before you sign a contract. They should offer unlimited emails and a large amount of storage space. And make sure that you don’t use a host known for pornography; ie. GoDaddy
  2. You don’t have to pay for a content management system. WordPress (or similar open source engine) is the most popular website cms’s for churches today. They’re free. NO MONTHLY fees!
  3. Don’t settle for “one of their” templates. Your website should look like your church (designed custom) — and what your print materials look like. This helps develop a brand for your church. And brands bring more people into a church. 85% of people visit a website before visiting a church. If your church doesn’t “feel” like your web; most of them will never return.
  4. Spend time on content. It’s all about what you’re saying, not about the tool. Edit. Edit. Edit. The average person only reads 50 words on a page. Writing more ensures no one will read it.

We write lots of tips/tricks/hints here on our blog for Churches, but if you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly (I love the Lord and want to help the church!)

2 Comments

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  • iMinistries says:

    You are right, churches should spend time on their content. This is something that is often overlooked and is a sure sign of a bad looking site! However, I am going to disagree with you on a couple of your other points in your post.

    1.) Full disclosure, I co-founded a Church Website CMS called iMinistries – http://www.iministries.org. I am obviously biased based on my life experiences.

    2.) While WordPress is very cost effective, you have to know someone who will help you set it up and/or maintain it. We have found through our customers experiences that the individuals who are excited to help, either become burdened by the questions that come from the church and stop responding to their requests or they actually leave the church all together. This leaves them high and dry. It’s both shocking and disappointing.

    By going with a company like iMinistires, you are gaining more than just a blogging engine, you get so much more (http://www.iministries.org/features). Besides all of this, our customers love that we are only an e-mail away to help them.

    We wrote a good article once to help people understand the difference between different Church CMS’s that your users might find helpful.

    http://www.iministries.org/10267/blogentry/entry_id/185272/What_s_the_Difference__Between_Church_Web_Content_Management_Systems_

    3.) We offer both free templates that work with our CMS as well as being available to create a custom design. While I do agree with you that the design is very important, we have many who use our content management system and are super excited about using some of our free templates. Often times, those clients have a few hundred dollars to spend and they put it towards having us create a customer banner and/or ads.

    Have a Merry Christmas!

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