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7 Top Church Website Companies

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Summer gives us a chance to look ahead and dream about fall ministry opportunities. With ministries launching and school starting, your church needs to be ready.

In today’s world, every church needs a website. This is just a fact of today’s society–the sooner you face that fact, the better. Many people visit a church’s website before they ever even step foot in the door. That’s why having a simple yet functional church website is necessary.

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, and they all do it well.

Bridge Element

Awesome websites for growing churches and ministries. Bridge Element has created their own custom church management system (CMS). It enables churches to edit, update, change, and control their sites from the backend.

Pricing:  No setup fee, $29/month for hosting and support

Top Church Website Builders - Example SiteClover Website

Simple, clean, streamlined and professional websites for churches. Clover has their own custom CMS as well. Their templates allows you to build and design your own sites with ease.

Pricing: $1000 one-time fee, $20/month for hosting and support

Elexio

With website, church management, check-in and more they offer solutions for the growing church. There are many site designs plus unlimited storage and hosting.

Pricing:  Available upon request

Ekklesia 360

Web design for a growing church. Whether your a new plant or have worldwide reach they have solutions for your ministry. Mobile friendly with options for sermons, blogs, online giving and social media management.

Pricing:  $500 on boarding, training, and setup, $60 – 295/month for hosting and support

Faith HighwayTop Church Website Builders - Example Site

Offering websites and church branding, they help you connect technology to your ministry. They build sites on the WordPress platform for ease of management and updating.

Pricing: Based on your needs and church size

Faith Network

Faith Network offers a comprehensive CMS system. Options include: podcasts, custom designs, social media, blogs, email, calendaring, mobile sites, online donations and newsletters.

Pricing:  $1700 one-time fee, $30/month for hosting

Ministry DesignsChurch-Website-Template

Ministry Designs primary goal is to partner with your ministry, helping you more effectively communicate online. Ministry Designs simplistic but powerful drag and drop website editor, support, and love for your ministry is unrivaled. They are well worth a look. [Sponsored]

Pricing: $1000.00 one-time fee, $20/mo for hosting, training, support, and updates – No Contracts / No Hidden Fees. 

 

ShareFaith

Bringing together church websites, apps, worship software, graphics and Sunday School curriculum, ShareFaith has a lot to offer. Plans are available in monthly and yearly versions. [Affiliate]

Pricing:  No setup fee, $41/month for hosting

There are many other church website companies out there.  These are just a few of the most visible out there. To add to our list, leave a comment below and tell us why they’re a great company to work with. Also let us know what you love about their content management system. Thanks!

[This post updated – June 19, 2015]

Lauren Hunter
Lauren Hunterhttps://laurenhunter.net
Lauren Hunter is a writer who loves the big picture of God’s journey we are all on together. In 2007, she founded ChurchTechToday, a website for pastors and church leaders to harness technology to improve ministry. Married to her high school sweetheart, Lauren lives in Northern California with her husband and their four children. Her latest book is Leaving Christian Science: 10 Stories of New Faith in Jesus Christ. She can be found online at https://laurenhunter.net.

97 COMMENTS

  1. Look for a unique web design, avoid copy or reused design template if your budget permits.
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  2. […] The world we have today is full of distractions. Everyone is always busy with something – some are busy with work, others are busy with their families, and a few are obsessed with the internet. We are all so preoccupied with something to the extent that we lose sight of more important things. We tend to neglect our physical health, interpersonal relationships, and spiritual growth. Churches are beginning to feel alarmed by all these changes and the complete ignorance of things that actually matter is becoming contagious – thus, the birth of religious websites. […]

  3. Stay away from Sharefaith. We had a horrible experience with them. They migrated our site (but I completely). Then instead of finishing the process had us trying to update custom CSS. The add on App is terrible and e had to try to figure out most of it on our own. We spent countless hours trying to make this site and app work, but it was never really satisfactory. When we asked to discounting the site, Sharefaith demanded a year of payment.

  4. FaithConnector is pretty great for offering a free app, free website migration, 0% giving and a lot of church features with some starter church management features.

    Most of the companies listed here are now owned by the behemoth Ministry Brands. We’re still independent.

  5. Hi Lauren,

    I hope 2017 is off to a great start for you! This post has been so helpful to so many for a while now but any chance on an updated list now? A lot of these companies have merged since this post was originally written. Just thought it might be helpful to everyone. Keep up the great work you are doing to serve churches. I have been enjoying a lot of your content you have been consistently putting out there!

  6. Hey Lauren! I hope it’s okay if we can include our company to your list? We’ve been doing this for the past 5 years and recently launched our official website http://www.freechurchwebsite.org. We specialize in custom WordPress church websites and cross platform Mobile Apps developments, graphic designs and website maintenance too, we do design and development of church websites at no cost, It is totally FREE! and also we have paid services too http://freechurchwebsite.org/pricing/ .

    Please Add our site in your listings and help us reach few churches in need.

    Jesus loves you
    Raju shetty

  7. Hello from a Pastor!

    I also work during the week as a sales & marketing director. We currently have a GoDaddy site that is informational only and MemberLink for an online directory. I have found the process of choosing a web developer difficult since we are looking for a straightforward site with all the bells & whistles such as online giving, mobile apps, online sermons, etc., and the ability to communicate with our members. No such animal exists in the market unless you are willing to create a custom website and proprietary software which is simply too expensive. Any help finding a web design company who can give you all the bells and whistles while providing an online member directory and communication tool would be terrific!

    • Pastor,

      My name is Tyler Rominger, I’m the owner of Ministry Designs, one of the companies on this list. I noticed your comment and wanted to respond. It looks like everything you have shared as needs for a site, we can do without having to do a custom build. We would love chance give you demo of our editor and a discount on your design just for being a part of this awesome Church Tech Today community. Give our office a call, ask for me and mention this comment. I hope you have a great day!

      • Tyler

        I am the Pastor’s wife/worship leader of a small Calvary Chapel in Coronado, CA, we are in the market to upgrade/redesign our website. It needs to simple enough for a non-tech head person to add sermons and updates and various notices, after it is developed, but it also has to be savvy enough to meet the social media needs of the average person these days. We are looking into HostGator who currently does our hosting – thinking it would be wise to have our designer and host the same……If you are interested in giving us a bid we would be interested. I would prefer to work with a faith based company that truly understands the needs of the church. If you believe you are a good fit for us – please reach out soon – we are hoping to move on this quickly.
        Blessings,
        Penny Boggs
        Calvary Chapel Coronado – Living Waters

        • Penny,

          As a web designer, my suggestion would be to find a faith based website provider for your church. They will ask different questions and provide church friendly solutions for you that a non-faith based service may not be accustomed to.

          That said, this post and the comments attached, offer a lot of options for you to consider. Tyler from Ministry Brands would be a great option for you consider. I would even be willing to throw my name in the hat.

  8. Hi Lauren,

    Thanks for your work on this. I would encourage you to also take a look at http://www.finalweb.com. We have been providing websites for churches for the last 16 years. Our CMS is very easy to use, and our staff will actually import the existing website into our system for most churches at no cost. We also provide live streaming and a native mobile app. Thanks!

    • WHAT IF YOU ARE A LAY PERSON THAT FEELS LED TO WRITE, READ AND FORWARD, CHRISTIAN MATERIAL, THINGS ABOUT THE END TIMES, ETC. SO, YOU NEED A WEB SITE, A BLOG, OR SOMETHING AND DO NOT KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT…..i ALREADY HAVE ONE PAID DOMAIN BUT HAVE NOT USED THE NAME BECAUSE I DO NOT HAVE A HOSTING SERVICE. i AM ON A LIMITED INCOME AND HAVE TO BE CAREFUL….THE DOMAIN NAME HAS ALREADY BEEN RAISED ABOUT TWO TIMES (I REALLY NEED TO MOVE TO A CHEAPER SERVICE, IF I CAN) . WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP……I DO NOT WANT A HOST THAT WILL ELIMINATE CHRISTIAN THINKING.

  9. Hi Lauren. Thank you for sharing your knowledge about church website companies. I would also like to add http://www.mychurchwebsite.net to this flock of church website companies. Independently, we serve thousands of great churches, and we have been in business for 12 years. We love being able to do what we do!

  10. Hey Lauren, how are you doing? I saw this post after Mark referenced your post 25 Features of a Powerful Church Website on Christian Web Trends – http://j.mp/28KrIc I saw an earlier reply you posted in which you indicated you were going to be updating this post. I hope you’ll also consider adding OurChurch.Com. We’re celebrating our 20th year helping churches live out their mission online, providing both custom designed websites and DIY sites using our WP-EZ Website Builder. Shoot me an email if you’d like more info.

  11. Quick FYI … Churches: When potential new attenders search Google for a church, how will they search for you? Probably using a phrase that includes your City name + the word “church” … good luck with that. Clover will build you a great looking site, BUT you will NOT be able to optimize your site for search — It’s very likely people will not find you in Google search, based on your town. Clover’s HTML is missing even the most basic, best-practice search elements … This is particularly a concern if there are lots of churches (search competition) in your area.

    • Thanks for your input, Jim. I was aware of this years ago with Clover Sites but had hoped that they had improved their options. I’m guessing most likely since they’ve been bought by Ministry Brands that improvements are on their way. Does your church still use Clover? I would be interested in hearing if they plan to make Google search functionality a priority–if you do them, I would reach out and ask.

    • As an FYI, FaithConnector.com is still here, is NOT owned by Ministry Brands, has great SEO features, HAS been HTML5 for years…and is still not on this list. 🙂 And, we have new designs and our new Flex Design system.

      • I’m working on updating the website companies in this article for the third time and so would love to connect with any companies who are not listed above. Shoot me an email! Sincerely, Lauren

        • We’d sure love to see churchthemes.com listed.

          I didn’t realize so many of the hosted proprietary church CMS’s were owned by the same company. Were they acquired recently or has this been going on for a while?

          • Hi Steven, Thanks for your comment. I’d love to take a closer look at ChurchThemes.com in the future. Yes, it’s crazy that one company owns so many brands. It’s happened gradually over the last two years or so.

        • Lauren, I would love to find a faith based company for hosting that have an option where they don’t do everything, they allow a little wiggle room for customization when we have techies on site that do web development. Everything I am looking at seems to be for the non-tech staff. Do you know of such an option? Thank you for your work on this!

    • Yes, Lauren is right, in fact at least half of these companies listed in this article have since been acquired by Ministry Brands. Thrive from e-zekiel is the same system offered under a different name from a few of these companies. I have some experience with it, and it isn’t a bad template website builder if your church is looking to design the site yourself.

  12. You have listed a lot of great church web design companies here. May I share our own company too? We haven’t been around as long as some of these others, but what we lack in age of business, we make up in customer service and enthusiasm! We try to keep our pricing affordable for churches and non-profits, as neither has money to spare and want to be good stewards of what they have.

    You can visit us at http://dlchurchwebsites.com

    Thank you!

    • Greetings,

      I write from the Grenada Baptist Association in Grenada, Caribbean.

      We are a small body and like to have an online presence.

      Which is the cheapest church website designer will you recommend?

  13. Wow, there are a ton of amazing web designers out there for churches! I love seeing so many people serving the church with their God given gifts and abilities, each with something different to offer. Our company, REACHRIGHT (http://reachrightstudios.com) focuses more on the custom route, but we will be sure to pass along this post to churches who are looking to do something outside of our wheelhouse. Keep up the good work Church Tech Today!

  14. I wanted to offer Faithlab to the mix as well. We’ve been around since 2010 and work with both Squarespace and WordPress systems. We also offer custom photography to help church sites have a strong visual connection. Hope you’ll check us out! http://www.faithlab.com

  15. Another company I would highly recommend for church websites is Church Plant Media (http://www.churchplantmedia.com/). CPM builds and hosts beautiful, modern, professional websites for church and mission and have worked with The Gospel Coalition, Tim Challies, and Ed Stetzer to name a few clients. Church Plant Media’s websites are easy to setup and customize and are custom built for churches and other Christian ministries. I especially appreciate this company for their commitment to the gospel and highly recommend them! For an example of their work, I would point you to this beautifully designed website: http://gfcto.com/

  16. Aboundant.com Church Websites is an up-and-coming church website provider that I believe deserves some consideration. Their site creation process is the slickest I’ve seen and can your site up in 10 minutes!

  17. Hey Lauren! I hope it’s okay if we can include our company to your list? We’ve been doing this for the past 11 years at http://www.mychurchwebsite.com. We specialize in custom church websites ONLY, along with our own custom content management system specifically for churches.

    We also just put out a new system recently, so if anyone is looking for a company who will work together closely with a church and do all the hard work for you (vs a do it yourself template company), we’d love for you to check us out too. We give each church a lot of one on one time and answer our support tickets very quickly. God Bless!

  18. I loved looking at the other posts and grading them in my mind as friendly competitors since we all have the same basic main goal in our lives. Thank you for being here.
    When time permits, we would appreciate your checking our site. We offer some of the best pricing and the best sites for all uses by any religion and anywhere.
    While we are relatively new, we are already growing faster than expected because we offer almost everything a Ministry could want/need. for a very low price.
    Also, you might look at http://www.afslist.com

  19. Thanks so much Lauren, Indeed this is timely and i do trust that Ministries allover the planet must understand this and pass much for the sake of the Lord.
    It is encouraging and i must share it with my church members.
    God bless you
    Frank
    Uganda

  20. I’d like to add our service http://www.Churchdev.com to the list of church website developers. For $199 setup we do the complete design and turn over a fully completed website. Then you can manage it with the ease of drag and drop page builder and fill in the blank sermon, staff and event systems. You’ll not find a company that provides this level of customer service for the price.

  21. Hi Lauren,

    Good reply. I understand the challenge. My guess is that just as many (or more) companies who provide website services to churches are drawn to your blog and listing of five website providers as are individuals in churches seeking a supplier.

    Without doing some type of quantitative research (e-mailing and securing the participation of a large number of churches), you won’t be able to judge satisfaction or popularity because those related to companies serving the church market will respond at much higher rates than those churches being served. Again, my own perspective.

    If you can get the number of churches served by a company, certainly that would be one good metric, but I don’t know if suppliers make that kind of information available.

    The no cost solution is probably to do what you are doing … but make it very, very clear as to how you selected those companies you feature. And, because Google rankings change, I’d suggest you expand your list to perhaps ten companies, encourage feedback on those companies, and update your list monthly or quarterly … noting the date with each update.

    Otherwise, I think your readers may see your posts / listing as little more than a promotional tool to hype a few firms that supply websites for churches … including those who are (or have been) sponsors of your site.

    Hope that’s helpful.

    Thanks, Michael

  22. Hi Lauren,

    Appreciate your list, but I’m a bit confused. Given Elexio is a CTT site sponser, I wondered how you compiled your list of “5 top church website companies.” I do applaud your disclosure.)

    Is it based on the number of clients? Total annual revenues? Some type of satisfaction survey? A google search?

    As a sometime journalist, when I see a listing, I want to know the criteria used to create it, especially when the list is “in no particiular order,” but a site sponsor is listed first.

    Thanks, Michael

    • Hi Michael,

      Thanks for your comment. I stated in the article that these were some of the most highly ranked church website companies on my Google search. Yes, a few of them were also sponsors, like Elexio and Clover (at that time, not currently), however, they were and still are some of the best website providers to the church market. There are SO MANY church website companies out there – there’s no way I could include all of them. This article was merely intended to get the conversation going about church websites, not be a comprehensive “Top 20” list. If we were to do an article like this, what in your opinion would be the best criteria? Most number of churches served? Customer satisfaction survey? I could do an informal poll among my readers to see what they feel are the best solutions out there. Thoughts?

  23. Hi Lauren,

    You have put together a great list. I also found a provide called http://www.mychurchwebsite.net that does some great work. They have a really easy CMS church system and are really affordable. It looks like they offer a lot of great templates to choose from as well.

  24. Hi Lauren, I thought I should mention Ministry Designs as a contender for the top 5 church website companies. Compared to the others, Ministry is a very hands on company that will either let you build your church website on your own with their custom drag-and-drop website builder, or they can help design your own site from the ground up. The pricing is very fair and for what you get (an html5 dynamic website and cms) and the out-of-the-box templates are very high quality. http://www.ministrydesigns.org

    Hope we can make the list next time!

  25. I am disappointed to see Elexio on this list as they refuse to do business with any church not in 100% agreement with the National Association of Evangelicals’ ultra conservative statement of faith.

    When our mainline Presbyterian (PC(USA)) church asked about their products, we were told by Elexio that they would not do business with us because of our open and affirming position regarding homosexuality. Elexio considers the loving commitment of same-gender Christians to be as evil as bestiality, witchcraft, and necrophilia.

    I pray that Elexio’s narrow and judgmental beliefs, and the beliefs of other companies such as Church Community Builder, do not represent the attitude of ChurchTechToday. If they do, please let visitors to your site know, as many of us cannot, in Christian faith and good conscience, continue to frequent your site.

    • Elexio made a choice to honor the same position as both the Old and New Testaments as well as the historical Christian position for the past 2000 years. If that costs them revenue from liberal “churches” then great is their reward in heaven according to Luke 6. I’m encouraged some Christians in business hold to the authority of the Scriptures even when it costs them something.

      • I have to agree with Mike on this one. That’s actually encouraging to hear that they would choose to turn down a job which conflicts with God’s leading.

        As a Christian web designer myself, I have had to turn down work and even stop working with existing clients who are promoting things that simply do not line up with God’s word. The Bible says in James 4:17 “Therefore to him that knoweth how to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” If a church or ministry is promoting something that is not true according to God’s word, then those who are participating in the promotion of that church/ministry are committing a sin if they know better than what they’re teaching.

        Personally, with each new client (or project from an existing client) that is put in my path, I pray about it first and foremost. I ask God to make the path clear if I should work on this or not. If, for whatever reason, He convicts me to not work on it, then I listen. Not only is this extremely rewarding to my relationship with God, but as a bi-product God so blesses my business and I’m very grateful for that.

        God is faithful and good and He rewards those who abide in Him above all other things.

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  27. With VideoStir you can add automatically add your own “floating clip” to your church website in less than 5 minutes (without green screen).
    It’s perfect for church website where you can deliver a clear message to the viewers with a sophisticated video clip.
    Have a look at http://videostir.com and try it.
    More and more church websites are beginning to use it as it is a DIY solution and it is easy to handle.

    Good luck,
    Shy

    • I just checked out Videostir – WOW! This is really cool. I can see churches using this by having their pastor record a short video to welcome people to the church website and invite them to come on Sunday. Thanks for bringing your services to ChurchTechToday’s attention! – Lauren

  28. Lauren,

    Thank you so much for the mention. We are in some great company with these other website providers. 2012 was an awesome year and 2013 is turning out even better.

    I wanted to drop a note about a few new things that people may not be aware of.

    1. All our websites are HTML5.
    http://www.BridgeElement.com/church-websites

    2. We have a completely upgraded CMS with tons of great features
    http://bridgeelement.com/editing

    3. We have Online Giving / Online Tithing. We have the lowest rates possible!
    http://bridgeelement.com/online-giving

    4. We will be coming out with Apps very shorty! I con’t get into to much detail but it is going to be awesome!

    Again thank you so much for the mention.

    God bless,

  29. Let’s not forget about NetMinistry. We’ve been around for over 12 years and worked with over 7,000 organizations. The platform is a combination CMS, CRM, and e-commerce management system and the design services all completely custom. For the price, everyone else is only offering premade templates. Just a shout out, folks.

  30. Your list is a good one. Since we have recently started a church web design business ourselves, we have look a lot at other companies. The ones you have chosen do a great job. I think it is really important, being in this industry, to keep our prices affordable while still giving a quality product.

  31. I am actually part of a family-owned Church Website Development company MinistryDesigns.org. We started this company because we realize the importance of a church having a visually pleasing website to reach the community with 70% of people looking at a church’s website before they even attend. It’s our Ministry to be able to help churches and that’s why we offer one of the most powerful and easy-to-use website builders in the industry at the lowest price you will find. We have over 28 years combined full-time christian service at your disposal and realize the importance of a great product at a great price that can fit into any budget. We would love the opportunity to help grow your church and ministry and to help spread the good word. It truly is a blessing every time we get to help a church with a new website.