Have you ever spoken with somebody representing your local church? With the extent of community involvement that churches have, it is natural for them to want to engage with the community and reach out to them as much as is possible, within their budget of course.
One of the first steps to reaching people, being always available to meet their information needs and to keep the community up to date is naturally to have a website. It is no different for churches. They too have realised the need to have a website to up their efforts to connect with the local population. But there’s a caveat – as you would expect, most churches do not have more than a modest budget which is barely enough to recruit all the resources required to design, develop and test a website, let alone train the church on using the website to its fullest.
Enter WordPress – literally a Godsend!
Well, where there is a will, there is a way! This has been very rightly said because today there are tools available that make it easier to get your website off the ground. The most popular among these is WordPress. With its brilliant content management features, a large variety of design themes and plugins that are available for meeting every need on a website, WordPress is a smart choice for those looking to revamp their old website or build a new one.
For starters, the core features of WordPress are free. Isn’t that a compelling factor for those on a budget. In fact, if you’re not too worried about the look and feel of your website and can’t afford a designer, there are lots of free WordPress themes out there that will meet most of your needs. However, if you’d like to put up a sophisticated appearance and don’t mind spending 25-50$ on a professionally designed WordPress theme, then you would be spoilt for choices. Not only do the paid themes do a better job at design and functionalities, they typically come bundled with the tech support required to answer queries you might have while setting up the theme.
Along with all of this, your website will be hosted on your very own domain name without having to build a site as a subdomain of somebody else’s website. Would you rather have my-church-website.com or my-church.random-website.com? I would be inclined to believe the former, isn’t it?
What about the future?
As you might have read at http://easychurchtech.com/building-church-website-using-wordpress/, WordPress is a great decision not just for the image of your website, but also when it comes to ease of maintenance. Picture this – several websites get abandoned or are buggy (in a bad shape, with errors that prevent the website from performing as intended) because the person who built the website is no longer working on it and the successor can’t get his head around the convoluted code and systems within the website. If you’ve been there, I can understand your anxiety. But with WordPress, the future of your church website is in safe hands because it’s very easy for anyone to pick up from where the previous person left.