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Top 7 Church Website Companies

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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 Missional 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


#3 Faithlife Sites

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


#4 –FaithNetwork

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.

 

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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.

150 COMMENTS

  1. I would rather go for FAITHLIFE SITES after evaluating their portfolio and what design they can build for our website. In the past we have tried a couple of freelancers for our Company formation website as well as Business center website, which are quite outdated designs, besides all that most of the companies charge for their brand name, so for any startup entrepreneur it is a good option to go with some economic budgeted company and having good experience alongside.

  2. Great Article! Many churches find that a ChurchCMS can help them get their church website in place and online with all of the features they need out of the box (and at an affordable cost). Our team has built hundreds of custom church websites using WordPress as the CMS. I have seen that some churches do not need all of the features the ChCMS come with but they do want a customized design. Or they need all of the features but have heavy custom design needs and mobile responsive needs. That is where a custom wordpress design may be the better choice. You can install all of the needed features that most churches need (Donation System, Sermon Manager, Events Management etc). But you have complete freedom with design and you can pick and choose what features to install. Also, a custom wordpress design usually is a one-time cost versus a monthly recurring or annual cost. Of course you will still have a domain and hosting recurring cost, but you may save in the long run. Every church and team will have unique needs. Some may fit well with a ChCMS and other may find that need a professional team consulting them along the way and building custom solutions for them.

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  11. Hey Lauren, good article. I’m always interested to see people’s perspective on the various church website builders available. Did you try OurChurch.Com’s WP-EZ Website Builder? It’s based on WordPress but does the installation of the WordPress core, theme, and plugins for you. It’s got a drag-and-drop page editor and pre-designed pages that enable users to swap in their own text and images, making the whole process super quick and easy.

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  13. It is great to see this list get an update. This is so helpful! As the owner of a company that falls into #7 – Custom Church Websites – It is always nice to have a resource to refer churches to when they aren’t a fit for a custom website at REACHRIGHT. For a church looking to build their own site, these are all great options! We will be sending people your way.

    Keep up the great work you do for the Church. We appreciate you Lauren and Church Tech Today!

  14. Hi Lauren, I’m always interested to see how leaders in the church communications field rate the various church website options. Not sure if you considered OurChurch.Com for your list this year, but we offer DYI church websites for $7-$25/mo and custom built websites starting at $1,000. More than 100 beautiful themes, drag-and-drop editor, premium page page layouts make creating new pages super faster and easy, sermon manager, online giving and more. If you need more info or want to demo a site, just let me know.

  15. Such a great list! Thank you for including Digital Church Platform among so many other great companies. We know that each of these businesses is doing their very best to create solutions that help the church live out its mission to reach the world in a culture that is becoming more and more digital every day. We are honored to be a part of it, and as a thank you to you and your readers for trying us out, we’d like to offer a 10% discount off the first year for your readers. Just use the coupon code CHURCHTECH10 during signup.

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  18. 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.

    • We had a bad experience with them too. Their support is horrible. I recently started at a church that has a site from them and I’m trying to figure out a different company to use. We lost our email for a day because I tried to repoint our site and they wouldn’t answer their phones. I ended up getting help from the company with whom we have our domain name registered.

  19. 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.

      • 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

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