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How Much Does a Church Website Cost to Build?

How Much Does a Church Website Cost to Build?
Written by Paul Steinbrueck

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How much does website design cost?

This is far and away the #1, most common question we’re asked about website design.  It’s a complicated question because it depends on lots of things.

In this Website Design Frequently Asked Questions (Web Design FAQs) video blog, I explain How Much Does Website Design Cost? and 10 Factors that Impact How Much Website Design Costs

(The article below is a summary of the video, but you’ll get more details and examples if you watch the video.)

10 Factors that Impact How Much Church Website Design Costs

1. Consultative vs. Cookie Cutter Process

The first factor to consider is whether the website design process is consultative or cookie cutter. A consultative approach involves direct communication with the developer to discuss design decisions, page layouts, and functionality. While it may be more expensive due to the time and care involved, it often leads to a website that better aligns with your vision.

2. Content Mapping

Content mapping is a critical but often overlooked step in the website design process. It involves mapping out the structure of your website, including page layouts, menus, and elements on the homepage. A well-defined content map helps streamline the design process and ensures your website’s functionality aligns with your goals.

3. Pre-made Theme vs. Custom Theme

Choosing between a pre-made theme and a custom-designed theme significantly impacts the cost. Pre-made themes are more cost-effective but may limit design flexibility. Opting for a custom theme tailored to your specific needs will be more expensive but offers greater customization.

4. Platform Selection

The platform on which your website is built also affects costs. Some developers use website builder platforms like Wix or GoDaddy, which are more affordable. However, opting for a content management system like WordPress with custom configurations results in a more customized website.

5. Functionality

The level of functionality you desire plays a significant role in website design costs. Advanced features such as e-commerce, ticketing systems, client portals, or customized forms require more time and effort to implement, increasing the overall cost.

6. Content Creation and Input

The number of pages and the extent to which the developer is involved in content creation impact costs. Some developers offer content writing services, saving you time and ensuring the content aligns with your website’s design.

7. Training and Documentation

Consider whether the web development company provides training and documentation. Some companies offer phone or video training sessions and create custom instruction manuals. This support can be invaluable for maintaining and updating your website.

8. Support

The level of support provided by the web design company also affects costs. A web developer that provides live chat and phone support after your website has launched may cost more but will more quickly address any issues that arise.

9. Hosting, Email, and Domain

Other services included with the website design package, such as web hosting, email hosting, and domain registration will impact the cost. But getting these services bundled with website design may save money, and getting them from the same company that’s designing the website may simplify service and support.

10. Maturity and Reliability

Your aunt’s friend’s neighbor probably knows a guy who still lives with his parents and does web design as his side hustle. He can save you a few bucks, but what about the quality of his work? Will he even be in business in a couple months to launch and support your website? Established companies with a track record of reliability may charge more, but they offer peace of mind and a higher likelihood of meeting your expectations.

So, how much does a church website cost to build?

As you can see, the answer to that question isn’t as simple as it may first seem. However, now that you know the factors that impact cost, you can choose the options that matter to you.  You’re also equipped to  compare website design proposals from one web design company to the next.

Thinking about design is hard, but not thinking about it can be disastrous. -Ralph Caplan

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    Paul Steinbrueck

    Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck.

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