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You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
Church website design – it’s the theme or template of your church website. It includes the background, color scheme, header, footer, menu and general layout of your church website.
As we recently reported, a Pew Research study found,
“Nearly half (47%) of those who have looked for a new congregation within the last five years say they relied on the internet as part of their search.”
Your church website is your church’s first impression.
It’s also your church’s second, third and forth impressions as visitors to your church website try to use the navigation menu to find information about your church, it’s mission, it’s location, it’s worship services and more.
You can spend hours every week updating your church website – updating the calendar, uploading sermons, posting pictures, providing info on upcoming events – but if your church website design is poor – if it’s not mobile friendly, if it looks a throw-back to the 90s, if the navigation menu is not intuitive – it will hinder your mission.
Focusing on content before design is putting the cart before the horse.
So, this month we are focusing specifically on church website design. Here’s how we’re going to do that…
7 Ways OurChurch.Com Can Help You with Your Church Website Design
1) Church website design blog posts. All month our blog posts will focus on helping you understand website design concepts and make better website design choices. We started with Monday’s post, Church Website Design: Custom vs. Pre-made. Which is Better?
2) Migrate to WP-EZ. If you’re still using our old NE1 website builder, for the love of Pete (and Mary, and all the other people in your community), please migrate to our new WP-EZ Website Builder. Our migration tool will copy all your current pages into your new site, and your new site will look better and be mobile-friendly. If you have questions or concerns, our amazing support team is ready to help.
3) Discuss a custom-designed website. If you want to make sure you have a good church website design, and you’re concerned you don’t have the time or expertise to create the site your church wants, take a look at our church website design services. Complete the consultation request form on any page, and we’ll schedule a call to discuss your church’s unique mission, goals and budget. No obligation, no pressure, we just want to help you understand your options.
4) 10-Point Website Check List. Want to know how your website is doing and the areas to focus on improving? Check out our 10-Point Website Check List. If your website meets all 10 points (or you update your website so it does), we’ll recognize and promote it with a Best Church Websites award or Best Christian Websites award.
5) New WP-EZ themes. We’ve added almost 100 new themes for our WP-EZ Website Builder in the last 2 months. We’ll be adding 50 more this month. Stay tuned.
6) New Survey. We’ve created a new church website design survey for web administrators. It’s an opportunity for you to help us understand your needs, challenges and ideas so we can better serve you.
7) Church website design quotes. Last but not least, follow us on social media for insightful and inspiring quotes about church website design like this one we posted today…
Thinking about design is hard, but not thinking about it can be disastrous. -Ralph Caplan
Post a comment and tell us… what do you think? Do you think the design of a church website is important? Which of these 7 things do you think will be most helpful for you? What else could OurChurch.Com do to help churches with their website design?