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The Best Church Websites: 4) Have a Clean Header

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Written by Mark Steinbrueck

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I hope you are enjoying the posts in Level Up Your Website Month. And I hope you’re taking your website to the next level in the 10 Day Level Up Your Website Challenge.

Previously, we talked about the importance of your site being mobile-friendly.  Today, we are going to discuss the importance of having a clean header in your Church website.

But before we can talk about the specifics of a clean header, let’s define what the “Header” is:  The header is the top part of the website above the content.

The header should only include the following elements:

  1. Church logo, name and slogan
  2. Contact information/Links to social media
  3. Navigation menu (if it is part of the header)

The header is not the place for the following:

  1. Picture of the pastor
  2. Picture of the church building
  3. Animated doves, rotating globes, etc …

Another problem we often see with website headers is the logo or site title is too big and overlaps the slogan or menu or extends outside the header area.  To avoid this, find out the dimensions the header allows for the logo or the number of characters for the name and don’t exceed those limits.

Keep the header of your website clean and simple. -Mark Steinbrueck

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  • Are there any other issues you’ve seen with website headers?
  • Do you need to make some changes to your header?

If your header isn’t what it should be and you can’t make any changes, it may be time to look for a new design or a new website company.

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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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