Getting your church up-to-date in a world of technology can be a daunting job. Thankfully, there are plenty of options for tackling this job. From DIY websites to professional services, the possibilities are endless. Here are 3 different ways to set up your church website on a budget. The best part is you won’t need to learn a bit of code!
I get it! You’re on a budget. The church needs to make a website without breaking the bank, so naturally your first thought is to create a site on your own. But where do you start?
I’m glad you asked.
WordPress.org is the one-stop-shop for all your website needs. Not only is the user interface simple and modern, but it’s also completely free. Please note, however, that WordPress is only a framework to build your website around. While the website will be easy to create, you will still need to pay for the domain name and hosting. You can get a domain name and hosting through GoDaddy (which is renowned for its excellent customer service) for roughly $50/year.
Once you install WordPress on your website, under the “themes” tab on the left you can change the theme. There are plenty of great, free WordPress themes that can be easily customized to meet the needs of your church.
The great thing about WordPress is that it’s open source. That means you can download an unlimited number of extensions (known as plugins) to make your website more effective. It’s easy to install plugins to listen to the latest sermon, donate to the church, and complete many other tasks. There are no hidden costs with WordPress, and that’s why it’s at the top of my list!
Additionally, there are many WordPress alternatives, such as Drupal and Joomla, that have many of the same features.
Apart from content management systems like WordPress, there are several great website-makers online. Their ultimate goal is to make money, so they cost a bit more monthly than some other options. However, they’re created for people with tight budgets, so the prices aren’t through the roof! Perhaps the best of these services is Wix.
Wix makes it incredibly easy and simple to set up a website using one of their built-in templates. For example, Calvary Baptist Church in Illinois created a stunning website using their modern tools. Wix has a whole category of free themes dedicated to churches and nonprofit organizations.
Financially speaking, the company’s most basic plan that includes a domain-name (as opposed to a subdomain with a “.wix.com” extension) is $11/mo. Add that up and it comes to around $132 a year. That does sound like a significant investment, but it may be worth it if your church tech team doesn’t have anyone familiar with web development.
Hire a professional web designer
There are many Christian-owned web development services that claim to provide churches with a “free” website. However, most of these services still make you pay a large monthly fee for your hosting and domain name. These costs most likely cover the time and money the company used to design the website, so in reality the website isn’t free at all. However, if your church is willing to set aside the needed funds, it may be a viable option. Some companies, such as Two Mites, offer to change their prices based on your church’s needs.
That being said, using a more established, trusted brand may be the better option for your church.
Creating a website doesn’t have to be brain surgery, and there are a multitude of ways to do it that fit your church’s budget and timeline! I hope this quick overview of your options for church websites helped!
Josiah is a web designer and entertainment enthusiast. He enjoys researching Christian entertainment specifically, and he writes on his blog (JJyay Web Tools). Though his obsession is creating original material, he also finds time to enjoy the company of his family.
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