Church websites are important business. Aside from word of mouth, they are the next most popular way for people to hear about your church. If your site doesn’t have current information, locations and times for services, along with mission and doctrinal statements – plus a host of other ways for people to connect – chances are you might be losing potential visitors. Below, I’ve rounded up 10 articles from around the web that offer fantastic advice on how to improve your church website.
Your church website truly is your digital front door and can’t be ignored.
We need a new church website! I hear that battle cry often from churches who are frustrated with the current state of their website. I don’t blame them, building and maintaining a church website can be a difficult process.
by Darrell Girardier
Now more than ever, prospective guests visit a church online long before they set foot in its building. Most church leaders have wised up to the importance of having a website for this very reason, but they often don’t consider that a poor web presence may be worse than none at all.
by LifeWay Pastors
Websites are becoming increasingly more central to the way we do church. Here are several statistics from 2012 – and in the technology world, that means that they’re ancient, and likely even more extreme now.
by Brady Shearer
Over the past few weeks I’ve visited well over 1,000 individual, local church websites. Let me tell you: There’s a lot of truly crappy church websites out there.
Next to word of mouth recommendations from the people in your church, your church website is the most important connection tool you have.
by Adam McLane
As we roll into the new year and close out 2015, we look ahead to make improvements and growth for the upcoming year. By now we realize how important our church website is for our current and future congregates. However, because technology is constantly changing and updating, our church websites may not be up to current design and functionality standards.
by Tyler Rominger for ChurchTechToday
I know the frustration of being trapped inside a bad web design or a bad web framework. The key is not complaining about what you don’t have but rather, optimizing what you do have.
I know it sounds simple and cliché and truthfully, it is simple and cliché. If you invest $40,000 on a custom website, but you don’t have the content that people are looking for, frankly, you’ve wasted a lot of money.
by Dave Shrein
Building a great church website isn’t easy. In-fact you never stop. If there is one principle I’ve learnt is that there is always something that needs to be done, updated or improved.
by Steve Fogg
Your church website is often a guest’s first impression of your church. During last week’s #cmschat on Twitter, our followers shared what they thought were the major complaints when first visiting a church website.
by Celine Murray for Church Marketing Sucks
Your church website has enormous potential as part of your outreach strategy to reach into your community. It can be like an enticing ‘shop window’ and virtual doorway to draw people into faith and fellowship. However, many churches do not understand how to design a website that will do this effectively. This self-assessment questionnaire helps you evaluate your site, and creates a detailed free evaluation report with advice to help you consider new ideas or aspects of the site that could perhaps be modified. It will also help you in planning a new website.
by Tony Whittaker, Internet Evangelism Day
Summer gives us a chance to look ahead and dream about fall ministry opportunities. With ministries launching and school starting, your church needs to be ready. In today’s world, every church needs a website. This is just a fact of today’s society–the sooner you face that fact, the better. Many people visit a church’s website before they ever even step foot in the door. That’s why having a simple yet functional church website is necessary.
by Lauren Hunter for ChurchTechToday
Article originally posted by Lauren Hunter of ChurchTechToday.com