101 Church Website Do’s & Don’ts

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    101 Church Website Do's & Don'ts

    • A Church Website Should Be Simple
    • Make it A Hub For Up – To – Date Information
    • Make Your Purpose Clear
    • Make The Navigation Easy To Find
    • Make The Navigation Easy To Understand
    • Have a Clear Site Map
    • Have a Clear Site Map
    • Put The Three Main Navigation Options In a Second Location On Your Home Page
    • Add A Secondary Engagement Point
    • High-Quality Graphics and Images Only!
    • Giving Online IS NOT the reason for your website. Do not make it the focal point.
    • Sermons? Yes Please!
    • Video Sermons? Yes Again!
    • Live Streaming? For Sure!
    • Live Streaming with Live Chat! Can’t Get Any Better!!
    • Always keep design patterns consistent. If you a have unique look keep that through all your pages.
    • No “Member Only” Sections on your church website. This creates separation from your congregation and visitors. They will feel alienated and uncomfortable to visit.
    • Pastors Blog Great!
    • Ministry Area Updates With Graphics, A Calendar, and Text
    • Keep the site consistent with new and fresh content.
    • Leave the site visit counter on the back end!
    • Make sure you have your own domain name
    • Do not for any reason invade my personal space by forcing your music on me when I get to your site!
    • Do not overload the options on the home page. You only want a few. Keeping it simple is inviting for new visitors.
    • Well-Written Content Is Key!
    • Don’t Let “Joe The Design Guy” From Your Congregation Work On Your Website
    • Or the “Youth Kids”
    • Have At Domain Emails.. They are Cheap Now!
    • Keep your email forwards structured neatly
    • Use Nothing Flash Related
    • Mobile Is a Must! Make sure your website is responsive on all smartphones and tablets.
    • Having clean lines within content gives a professional and clean look. This is a must!
    • Make Service Times Easy To Find
    • Make Location Easy To Find
    • Send Your Location To Google and add a Google Map
    • Display Congregational Engagement Through Great Images
    • Make Sure What You’re Communicating on Your Site Is Who You Really Are
    • Never have multiple pieces of flash content moving across the screen
    • Connect to your ministry’s social media
    • Use natural backgrounds with “pops” of color not the other way around
    • Make sure not to use like colors for background and website accents
    • Never leave giant blank space on a page
    • Make sure your domain name is catchy, yet easy to remember
    • If possible make sure you require your domain name with multiple TDL’s (.com, .org, .net)
    • Do not upload massive image files and then shrink them down on the page
    • The 90’s are gone! Let Clip Art rest in peace.
    • Never have outdated content on your church website site
    • Don’t leave people wondering – Events! Events! Events!
    • Google Plugins Make life easy!
    • SEO Friendly will help you in the long run
    • Do have images of your congregation
    • Do have their permission to use their images.
    • Don’t leave an unfinished page published to just get something out
    • Do use a CMS!
    • Know where people are going on your site
    • Know where they are falling off.
    • Chat Features are Great!
    • Please manage the chat feature
    • Research the latest design trends and stick to those patterns
    • Stuck trying to decide what colors to use? Turn to nature for beautiful color options
    • White Space on a website can be a good thing, make sure you manage the space
    • Always keep design patterns consistent.
    • Spell Check Everything!
    • Too much text can be a daunting task for a visitor. Keep your information simple and to the point
    • Never give login information to your builder to someone who is not trustworthy
    • If you post a Youtube video make sure suggested videos are turned off. Inapporiate suggested videos may appear after your video plays.
    • After posting a Vimeo video adjust the button functions to match the colors of your website
    • Do not make your social media icons the focal point. The ultimate goal was to get them to the site in the first place.
    • Don’t force your visitors to wait through loading page after loading page. Keep it simple and keep it moving.
    • If you are using a template, feel free to venture outside its design
    • If you use a template do not delete the entire design unless you’re a professional
    • Do not use small fonts. We want to read your content without a magnifying glass
    • Do not make your fonts too large. Your page will become looking like a childrens story book that my grandmother used to read me.
    • Always make sure your logo is placed properly on the page. Do not over do it.
    • Make sure your logo has a transparent background
    • Do not tile an image that was not meant to be tiled
    • A website is a full time job. Make sure you pay the proper attention to it.
    • A lot is going on in the church. Your website should be the hub for all of that information.
    • Never post anything without proofreading it first. Spelling errors can be a costly mistake.
    • If you choose to have a staff page add a short bio of each member. Your congrgation likes to know a little about who is leading their church.
    • Do not type and autobiography. They are not that interested and it will just waste your time because they will not read it all.
    • Make sure you do have professional photos taken for your staff page. Your smart phone is not professional.
    • Your staff page will look much more professional if all the picture are consistant with the same type of background. This means do not have a picture of your pastor at the beach, your secratary at her desk, and your Youth Pastor on the slopes.
    • Accent colors are brilliant; however, if you have too many it becomes confusing.
    • Stick to only using 3-4 accent colors tops!
    • Keep your image file size as low as possible while keeping a high quality image. If the image file size is huge the page will load slow.
    • Your navigation bar should never exceed 6 tabs. After that it becomes too long and unnecessary to navigate.
    • Too many drop-down menus makes your website overwhelming. Instead of multiple drop downs, think of many multiple navigations on specific main pages.
    • Never try to drastically increase the size of the image. It will become pixilated and look horrible.
    • Avoid “church language” as much as possible. First time visitors may get overwhelmed and leave because they feel uncomfortable. After all our missions is to reach the lost.
    • Do you have events? Great, make sure to have a place on your site for people to sign up, or contact for more information.
    • Having testimonials is a great asset to your ministry. It adds a personal touch that will strike emotion with your visitors.
    • Your website speaks volumes about your ministry. Make sure your personality shows through that.
    • Set up analytics for your site. Knowing how much traffic, where people are going on your site, and where they are leaving is crutial information.
    • Careful not to overload your page with images. If you have too many images it brings excessive clutter to your page.
    • Have a interactive Calendar. Those image calendars of events just arent cutting it anymore. People want to connect and engage with your events. Allow them to add it to their calendar.
    • Online registration for events is a huge benefit when promoting an event!
    • Do not pay without knowing the facts. Too many ministries are taken advantage of due to their lack of knowledge on the web.
    • Communication with your website provider is important. Have a great working relationship with them and your life will be a millions times better.

    Well folks, that’s it for our list of the 101 things you should on Church Websites!  As always, we’d love to connect with you about questions that you have so feel free to comment or emails us!

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