Building a great church website isn’t easy. In-fact you never stop. If there is one principle I’ve learnt is that there is always something that needs to be done, updated or improved.
I love reading what different people are doing around the web. Here are ten of the best tips that will improve your church website:
1. Learn from others
This is huge. One thing I’ve noticed serving in the church world is the isolation and inward nature of those who work in that space. Look out to what the wider world is doing. Look at your peers around you and check out what they are doing. Ask lots of questions. I do. I connected in with this experienced and knowledgeable community and have learnt so much with them sharing so much of their knowledge base.
Check out this excellent post from Darrel about he learnt when he redesigned his church website.
2. Make Your Audience Act
There is no point in leaving your audience with just a good feeling. Help them take an actionable next step online. Read this great post about ‘How To Create A Compelling Next Steps Page For Your Church Website.‘
3. Think About Who Your Audience Is
Did you know that your church website is the digital front door to your church for visitors? Have you written your copy as for people who have never stepped into your church? What kind of information do you have on your website and why? Read more here.
4. Think Mobile First
Only a few years ago less than 20% of our church website traffic was from a tablet or smart phone. That is now at 60%. Is your church website ready to look spectacular on the go? Read more about what the cost if your website isn’t mobile friendly here.
Did you know that giving doubles on mobile-responsive websites? Read more here.
5. Keep It Simple
I love this idea. Many churches over complicate their website. They write in long-form when they should be thinking scannable copy. Some also list every ministry that has ever lived or breathed at the church. Some that would be for sure out-of-date. Ask yourself this question, does your audience really need an essay on your creative ministry? Or does it just need to know how to serve in the ministry? Read some great thoughts here from Brady Shearer.
6. Be Prepared To Invest
Did you know that 94% of people cited poor web design as the reason they mistrusted or rejected a website. Imagine that for your church? You are just as likely to turn people away as to open the door with a poorly designed website. Invest in building a team who can help you look like the church you want to be. Read more here.
7. Your Website Is Your Home-base
Think that you no longer need a church website, that you can just rely on social media? Wrong. You own your digital property on your website. You don’t own your social media account. Everything you do should point back to your home-base. Read more here.
8. Make It Simple And Easy To Give
How quickly can someone give online on your website? Did you know that online giving is now mature and that most people trust the web to contribute to non-profits, churches included. Read more here.
9. Listen To Your Audience
People are visiting your website all the time. If your don’t listen to your audience it could actually cost you money. Read this story about how one casual giver became a regular giver because of their church’s new online giving system.
10. Think SEO
Over 50% of the traffic to our website is organic searches. People are finding my church website via their search engine. And most of them are visitors. Is your church website SEO ready? Read more here.
Do you have any tips to help build a brilliant church website? Got any questions about what I’ve written? Comment below.