Churches have always been a fundamental parts of every society, they influence people’s life in several ways. In today’s world Churches face many obstacles when trying to deliver the right message to people, and many times that very same message might be misunderstood or misinterpreted. Not only that, but creating and maintain a well informed and organized church society has become increasingly important.
It is widely known that the internet can help people connect and share ideas with each other, so the best way to build a church community is to build a church website.
Church webmasters need to keep in mind 10 important steps when building a church website:
Keep an attractive and professional design
Churches just like any other organization require a certain degree of formality when presenting its ideals and information. That is why a professional looking site is important. Remember that the aspect of a site says a lot about an organization but do not overdo it since it is also important to keep it attractive to church members.
It needs to be useful and interactive
There are millions of sites on the web. The reason one site is more popular others is due to the usefulness of the site to a certain community. People look for topics relevant to their interests, that is why the site must be properly organized and presented so that the church community can make the most out of it. Making a site “interactive” also important if you want to create a constantly aware and updated church organization.
Choose a company which offers great support for your church site
This is an important and yet often overlooked step. Many people like the “do it yourself” kind of approach to many things in life, but what happens when something goes wrong?. Don’t let a great community down by not being able to solve technical problems!. That’s why having a great support team, backing you up every step of the way, is an unvaluable asset you should not overlook when building a church site.
Choose a company which offers the best church site features
Getting the right church site features can make a webmaster’s life a bit easier. Useful features like site statistics can come in handy if you want to track the community growth over a certain period. Weekly backups can prevent headaches if for some reason you loose important data. WYSIWYG editors can help you design and give you a real feel of what the final product will look like. Alway look for the company who offers the most features.
Work with a company which will offer different plans according to your community needs, regardless of its size.
Avoid hidden charges, choosing a company which shows everything the way it is gives you the power to keep proper accountability which is required in every church community.
This is a required an essential step. Get the right set of management tools and make sure you become familiar with the term CMS or content management system. This system lets you effectively manage and organize content in order to deliver relevant messages at the right time. So as you can see it “is a must have” feature for every church webmaster.
You need to have a good estimate of how much bandwidth your community will require or you can work with a company which will let you choose the bandwidth, disk space, amount of pages, email accounts and editors such project utilizes. Remember that church communities grow so you should always plan ahead.
When you consider working with a company which will help you host, design and maintain your site, it is important that you see what the interfaces and back end look like. You don’t want to be stuck with a highly advance interface if you are a beginner, or on the other hand, you don’t want to be limited by a simple interface if you are an advanced church webmaster.
Make sure you have Advanced Tools available:
You might be wondering, aside from a CMS what else do I need to get the most out of a church site?. For starters every church site needs advanced tools such as: a News Letter System, Ministries Management System, Members Connect center, Volunteer management system, sermon management system, Photo album, Prayer center and Advance calendar system.
The fact is that church communities grow fast and sooner or later you will need each and every tool mentioned above, so always plan for the future.