December 19, 2014

Not Ready for a Church App? Make Sure Your Site is Mobile-Friendly

Okay, I’m going to say it out loud: your church might not be ready to build it’s own church app. There might be a number of reasons at play–you might not have the budget, or the time, or the people interested in downloading your church app. I can certainly understand that. My church of 1,200 still doesn’t have an app, and we still seem to have survived. That said, it is more than imperative that your church website be mobile-friendly.

With over 72 million smartphone users in the US, it is important to make sure you church website looks good on all mobile devices so that people looking for a church can find yours.

To help churches mobilize their church websites, ROAR App has developed a mobile website service for $20 per month that will take an existing church website and make it mobile friendly for any and all mobile devices. No start up fees, no gimmicks, just $20 per month.

I had fun playing with ROAR’s nifty widget online that will convert any site and show you what it looks like right on-screen. I was surprised that the mega church down the street from my church offers an app, but doesn’t have a mobile-optimized website.

Take a moment and plug in your church website address into the widget on ROAR’s site and see how your church website could look. It will be worth the 60 seconds to try it out, I promise you.

ROAR also offers church app development and social media consulting. They are great to work with and offer really affordable options for churches.

As a side note, I recently installed WPtouch, a free WordPress plugin, to this site. In less than five minutes, I edited the settings and my mobile site was ready to go. If your church website is not built on WordPress, using a service like ROAR’s mobile website offering might be just the ticket to making your church website mobile-friendly.

Lauren Hunter is a freelance writer, church technology PR consultant (http://lhpr.net) and founder of the blog ChurchTechToday (http://ChurchTechToday.com), Technology for Today’s Church.

About the author  ⁄ Lauren Hunter

Lauren Hunter is a freelance writer, consultant and blogger who loves the Lord and desires to encourage churches to better use technology to improve every aspect of ministry. Her blog, ChurchTechToday, was born out of a need to find a place to discuss how technology can impact the Church in positive ways.

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    August 1, 2012

    Thanks guys. We are glad you had fun playing with our “nifty widget” online that converts any site to a mobile friendly site to show you what it looks like right on-screen. It can be so frustrating to zoom in on a non-mobile-friendly site just to read what it says, and then find yourself on a totally different page bc you accidently clicked some link while trying to navigate! We shared your article on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ROAR.pro and if you want to see what your site would look converted to a mobile-friendly site, try it out- http://www.roar.pro/mobile/mobile-web-sites/

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