Your church website remains to be the most frequented front door of your church. While mobile apps, text and email communication, and social media remain extremely valuable communication methods, the church website is all-important, whether viewed on a mobile device or computer.
Since last publishing this list in 2015, the church technology industry has undergone much consolidation such that this list of church website companies is vastly different. If your church uses one of these seven church website companies, please leave a comment below to share your experience.
Website trends have changed over the last handful of years; speed, flat design, and mobile-first designs are vital.
Listed below, in alphabetical order, is a round-up of some of the top church website companies. Their focus is to serve the faith-based market well in providing valuable content management systems (CMS) and feature-rich solutions:
#1 – Clover Sites
Clover Sites offers many templates to choose from and an easy-to-use content management system, churches can easily change themes and customize them with Clover Media, which includes 90,000 images, templates, and pre-designed files to use on church websites for an additional $20 per month. Photo editing, forms and events, plus integrated giving through Clover Give round out their feature set. In the Ministry Brands family of church tools, Clover’s fully-responsive websites are extremely robust with section editing, SEO optimization, support, automatic updates, unlimited storage, traffic, pages, and media.
Pricing: $1,000 one time setup fee plus $29 per month (no tiered plans, contracts, or upgrade fees)
Digital Church Platform is an exciting new church website solution that provides everything a church needs to become a digital church. The company offers a free trial without a credit card – a rare unicorn in the software industry. You can preview the demo site and test out all the features. With dual front-end editors, you can choose the live editor to make lightning-fast quick edits, or use the advanced editor to make more significant updates to your site. Churches can build their own content library including video, podcast, and file downloads. Additional features include embedding events management, forms, and connection cards. Built on WordPress, the sky’s the limit when you combine Digital Church Platform with Digital Church Marketing for customizations.
Pricing: Three tiers – Basic / Standard / Premium ranging from $12 to $45/month on the annual plan.
#2 – Ekklesia 360
Ekklesia 360 boasts simple enough CMS for a church plant and powerful enough for a worldwide ministry. Over 8,500 churches use their solutions. Ekklesia 360 combines consulting options into their menu of services alongside sermon management, giving, event and RSVP tools, social media management, and more. In the Ministry Brands suite of church tools, Ekklesia 360 offers turnkey as well as fully-custom website options.
Pricing: $500 onboarding, training, and setup, $60 – 295/month for hosting and support
Faithlife Sites seeks to solve the problem of keeping the church website up-to-date by using information churches are already creating. Giving churches control over their websites is key to a successful online outreach. Churches can upload sermons, announcements, and calendar items, and display this information beautifully and simply. There’s even a place to upload the church bulletin. By engaging your congregation through live streams, podcasts, events calendars, and even email newsletters, Faithlife Sites, a newcomer to the church website market, boasts much promise.
Pricing: Free option available; more robust version is $16.67 when paid annually
FaithNetwork’s packages entitle churches with a beautiful, custom-designed, fully-responsive and mobile-friendly website that fits the design direction and branding your church desires. Their expert team handles maintenance of site and page features and churches can benefit from their content management system. Features include comprehensive media management of podcasts, sermons, social media integration, prayer wall, file sharing, site analysis, unlimited storage, and third-party integrations. Faith Network also offers many other church technology solutions such as online giving, church apps, text-to-give, and live streaming.
Pricing: $1700 one-time fee, $30/month for hosting
#5 – Ministry Designs
Ministry Designs’ primary goal is to partner with your ministry, helping you more effectively communicate online. The company offers unlimited training and comprehensive customer support to manage its drag and drop CMS. With domain email services, online giving, sermon storage, unlimited web pages, and parallax scrolling, Ministry Designs has many features to meet any church’s online presence needs.
Pricing: $1000.00 one-time fee, $20/mo for hosting, training, support, and updates – No Contracts / No Hidden Fees
#6 – ShareFaith
ShareFaith offers clear, crisp church website templates to create beautiful church websites. With an emphasis on publishing fast and easy, ShareFaith, in the Ministry Brands suite of church tools, has many features and a free demo to peek under the hood. With drag and drop functionality, churches can make use of the online giving tools, audio, video, sermons, calendar, and email tools, plus an embedded graphics editor.
Pricing: $600 annual fee with some discounts if you purchase other ShareFaith solutions
#7 – Fully-Custom Church Website
There are many custom web design agencies available to build completely custom websites for churches. Costs for a fully-custom site built on WordPress or another open source platform can cost $2,000 on the low end up to $15,000 on the high end. There are some advantages that include a completely unique design and/or functionality that exceeds what a content management system can offer. For churches that are multisite, this might be the best option. WordPress’ Multisite option can allow for churches with multiple campuses to flow content simply from one site to another.
Links to other related church website posts on ChurchTechToday:
- 4 Church Website Options for Your Digital Front Door
- How to Improve Your Church Website’s ‘About Us’ Page
- Does Your Church Website Need An SSL Certificate?
- Leveraging Your Church Website with Email Marketing