Improve Your Church Website in 2014

Written by  //  January 15, 2014  //  Church Websites  //  4 Comments

Many churches include revamping or tuning up their church website at the top of the list for 2014 goals. We’ve put together a pretty big list of some of the best church website options, a round up so-to-speak, from around the web. I’m sure you know of some options that are not on the list – feel free to post a suggestion of what your church uses in the comments below.

Elexio Vibe

gcentre for roundup Elexio’s website CMS solution, Vibe, helps churches with online events, church info, and mobile accessibility with incredibly intuitive tools and design. We’ve built a platform that guides the most novice webmaster through the build-out of your site, while providing security and accessibility roles that equips the largest church with the tools to involve the right people within their area of focus. With no restriction on data storage or page count – your media, event calendars, forms, and more can be developed for a very inviting experience for those that know you and those that are just finding out about you. But don’t limit yourself to just consideration of your website. Choose a solution that has the full offering of CMS, database, check-in, mobile app, and much more.

Bridge Element

Bridge Element just launched a brand new intuitive CMS for editing their websites and it’s loaded with tons of new features. Here are just a couple of their new features: Mobile/Responsive Ready so your content will look great no matter what device your using, Drag and Drop Menu Organization that couldn’t be easier, Online Giving is included with every website, and they now have a 14 day free trial to demo everything before you purchase.

screen_shotText Giving is also now available. It is super easy to set up an account and donate in seconds through their phone. It’s safe and secure, and each church gets a unique phone number – no more short codes to memorize or complicated instructions to follow. It’s easy for churches, and now their donations are distributed to their bank account within a few days – not a few months as it had been done in the past. Again, churches have access to reporting tools, including the ability to create custom reports to track donations.
Graystone Church - lightcmsEase of use in managing and updating content is essential as most religious organizations have non-technical staff and volunteers maintaining the websites. With an intuitive drag-and-drop interface, LightCMS allows religious organizations to delegate site responsibilities across a broader user base to help ensure that content is updated in a timely manner. With built-in capabilities for responsive design, LightCMS enables religious organization websites to adjust automatically to mobile devices to drive engagement among those accessing a site over a smartphone or tablet. 

Build A Church Website

bacwFrom podcasting to paid event registration and e-commerce, Build A Church Website can get the job done right. By choosing one of our advanced themes, churches can save money on the setup of your website. The advanced theme CMS allows you to create different looks for different departments or ministries, make seasonal changes or create landing pages for special events. They also offer both express websites at a very affordable price and totally custom sites for those with specialized needs. Whether you are a small startup church needing a new website or a large established church just needing a new look and better functionality, Build A Church Website can meet you right where you are. Build a Church Websites also offer online giving and processing, giving kiosks, text giving, and church apps.

SiteOrganic

siteorganic_church_websitesMany congregations have a basic site that may be outdated, hard to use, and not aligned with the mission of the church. At SiteOrganic, we provide you amazing designs, easy tools, and ministry-savvy service to help you achieve real Kingdom impact online. Our system can handle all of your online ministry needs—now and in the future. SiteOrganic is your one place to manage sermon archives, multiple ministry calendars, single or multi-site content management, integrated online giving, event registrations, social media integration, mobile/responsive Web designs, mobile apps, and multiple people editing your site, each with different roles. SiteOrganic is your long-term partner for online ministry success.

E-zekiel

Our easy online editor helps anyone – ministry leaders, church staff and volunteers – make simple to extensive edits in a few easy steps. Update the content of one or a number of pages quickly and easily, without complicated coding. Make the changes you need, when you need to make them. Our system even allows you to view the pages as you edit them. E-zekiel screenshotsThe system makes it simple to incorporate graphics, like your logo or other design elements. You can easily include links – to your Facebook page, Twitter feed, online giving section and much more. Connect to Google for analytics so you can track your visits and traffic – a must for any church who is interested in tracking your digital performance over time. Choose from templates to create standard pages, like a contact us form, calendar of events, praise or testimonial quotes, sermons list, news, file downloads and even a free form page to allow you to add custom text, video, images and more. Setting up and changing your website is fun and easy, allowing you to be creative in creating your church’s digital presence. If you ever need help creating an effective web presence for your ministry, give us a call! Our staff is knowledgeable, willing, and dedicated to help you move your ministry forward to accomplish your mission. Let us partner with you to accomplish your web goals for your ministry!

Church Themes.com

WordPress is a “do it yourself” solution ideal for church websites. The cost is low because WordPress itself is free, open source software developed in large part by professionals who volunteer their time. It has been under continuous development for 10 years and is a proven solution, powering almost 20% of new websites (more than 60,000,000 sites in all). You use it by signing up for hosting (about $10/mo or sometimes free for nonprofits) for your WordPress site then install one of our church themes ($50). The theme makes your WordPress-powered site look and feel like a church website.

Church Themes-Resurrect

No design or programming skill is necessary. Just point and click your way around to upload your logo (or type in text) and change colors, fonts, background, etc. Creating content is similar to using word processing software. Our themes are mobile-friendly out of the box and support sermons (audio, video, PDF, podcasting), events, locations, people (great for staff, deacons, etc.), photo galleries, pages and a blog. We provide guides with step-by-step instructions and one-on-one support for a period of one year (renewable at $25/year). Our purpose is to help churches build attractive, full-featured websites, regardless of budget.
[Elexio and E-zekiel are both valued ChurchTechToday site sponsors.]

About the Author

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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4 Comments on "Improve Your Church Website in 2014"

  1. Steven Gliebe January 15, 2014 at 12:10 pm · Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    Thank you for including churchthemes.com in your list. This will be a very handy post for churches who want a new website but don’t know where to start. There are a lot of good options available for church websites today.

  2. DL Church Websites January 15, 2014 at 4:29 pm · Reply

    Thanks for the post. I’m pretty familiar with the resources you have given, and I think they all are a great option.

    We use WordPress to design our church websites and we’ve (and the churches we have done sites for) have been very happy with it. It allows for an attractive design and easy updating.

    Maybe we’ll make your list one of these years!

    • Lauren Hunter January 15, 2014 at 9:56 pm · Reply

      Thanks for comment – it’s terribly hard to include all the church website companies in one blog post, so thank you for reaching out and letting readers know about your company! Cheers, Lauren

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