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The Best Church Websites: 2) Are Mobile-Friendly

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Written by Mark Steinbrueck

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As part of the Level Up Your Website month, we continue to discuss features that every church website should have.

By the the way, if you haven’t joined the 10 Day Level Up Your Website Challenge! that started yesterday, there’s still time. Join our private Facebook Group and be part of a community of Christian web admins taking their websites to the next level!

Today, we look at the importance of your website being mobile-friendly, or “responsive”.

What is a mobile-friendly website and why is it so important?

Mobile-friendly is the ability for your website to be viewed well on smartphones and tablets, as well as notebooks and desktop computers.  We also use the term “responsive” to describe a website that “responds” to the size of the screen it is being viewed on and display the website in a format that is optimal for that device.  This means that the way your website looks on a computer will be similar, but slightly different than when it is viewed using a smartphone or a tablet.

The reason that this is important is because more and more people are using their phones and tablets to surf the web.  In fact, according to Statista, over 50% of all website traffic now comes from mobile devices.  That means more people are viewing websites using phones and tablets than notebooks and desktop computers.

If your website isn’t responsive and mobile-friendly, over 50% of the folks coming to your site are doing the frustrating “Pinch & Zoom” or they are leaving your site as quickly as they got there.

This is why…

It is absolutely crucial for your church website to be mobile friendly.  Otherwise, you are snubbing half of your visitors. – Mark Steinbrueck

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How to tell if a website is mobile friendly

Google has a free mobile-friendy test tool.

Action Step #1: I highly recommend you click and test your website.

If you have a site that is not mobile friendly, it is time to make a change.

Action Step #2: If you have an older website built with our NE1 Website Builder or WP-EZ 1.0, we strongly encourage you to migrate to WP-EZ 2.0. You can find migration help pages and video tutorials here.

Action Step #3: If your website was not built by OurChurch.Com or our web builder, know that all custom church websites and websites built with OurChurch.Com’s WP-EZ 2.0 web builder are responsive and mobile-friendly.   We offer the best church website builder for those who want to build the site yourself as well as custom church website design that we build for you.

Comment & Discuss

  • Is your church website mobile-friendly? If not, what’s your next step?

See the other posts in this series…

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Mark Steinbrueck

Mark Steinbrueck is President and Co-founder of OurChurch.Com. He is a member of Generations Christian Church, a husband and father of 3. He is a huge Cardinals baseball fan and bleeds Garnet and Gold. Find on Google+.

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