Are you trying to put your church online? Let’s learn how to build a church website now! Whether you want to create a non-denominational, Evangelical, Presbyterian, or Baptist website it is extremely easy and cheap.
Church website hosting and WordPress
I will show you step by step what you need to do. You want ease of use, flexibility, full ownership, complete control, and search engine friendliness.
All that you need to build a church website is a hosting company and WordPress, which is the platform that your website, blog, or forum is going to be on. A church site doesn’t need an extremely expensive host. You need a cheap good one that gives you a free domain. I strongly recommend SiteGround which costs $3.95 a month.
1. Start with SiteGround here at 60% off.
2. Click see plans
3. Choose the $3.95 plan on the left which is great for web start up.
4. Choose a domain: What is going to be the name of your website? Most likely it is going to be the name of your church. One of the reasons why it takes 5 minutes is because you are given a free domain, which is one of the benefits of SiteGround.
5.If your domain is available it is going to say congratulations! Domain “blank” is available for FREE registration with your hosting account!
6. On this page fill out your info like you would any website. Name, country, password, email, payments, etc.
7. Once you do this you officially have hosting for your website and you are one step closer.
8. You should immediately see a popup. Choose get WP preinstalled and press proceed.
9. Now enter your login info so you can access your WordPress website.
10. Pick any of the free templates for now and press submit.
11. Congratulations! You have successfully created a professional church website in minutes. You’re now on the internet for millions to see.
12. You will see a quick summary of your WP installation. You will see where to access your admin area, your username, and your password.
13. Log into your website, check out how it currently looks, etc.
Design and templates.
Your website is already created. If you want to you can start writing. WordPress is extremely easy to use.
If you want to change your template WordPress has over 2000 free themes to choose from. All that you have to do is go to the appearance section, click add new, search through their available themes, and install the one that you want.
If you don’t want any of their free themes then I recommend getting a premium theme from ThemeForest or StudioPress for $5-$100.
Church website builder features
You are given over 30,000 free plugins with WordPress that give your website different capabilities. To pick which ones you want go to the plugins section and install them.
I recommend that you install the Yoast SEO plugin to help you rank better on Google, Bing, etc.
Any feature whether you want an SEO, Bible, social media, church feature, etc. just type it in the search box.
If you wanted to add a forum to your site there are even plugins for that so believers in your church community can interact with each other. Also, there are upcoming events plugins.
I love the idea of a church website.
I believe that all churches should have one. It is a great way to communicate with our brothers and sisters and with it we can encourage each other daily. It is a great way to add podcasts and post video sermons. Not only is it a great tool to build your church, but fight in prayer that God uses it to impact the world and people who don’t go to your church.
- “The idea that the service to God should have only to do with a church altar, singing, reading, sacrifice, and the like is without doubt but the worst trick of the devil. How could the devil have led us more effectively astray than by the narrow conception that service to God takes place only in a church and by the works done therein. The whole world could abound with the services to the Lord, Gottesdienste – not only in churches but also in the home, kitchen, workshop, field.” Martin Luther
- “God has no more precious gift to a church or an age than a man who lives as an embodiment of his will, and inspires those around him with the faith of what grace can do.” Andrew Murray
- “The fear of the Lord helps us recognize our accountability to God for the stewardship of leadership. It motivates us to seek the Lord’s wisdom and understanding in difficult situations. And it challenges us to give our all to the Lord by serving those we lead with love and humility.” Paul Chappell
- “Here is the principle – adapt your measures to the necessity of the people to whom you minister. You are to take the Gospel to them in such modes and circumstances as will gain for it from them a hearing.” Catherine Booth