While it’s not the only good platform, I’m pretty convinced the very best platform on which to build a church’s website is WordPress.
As WordPress says on their site, “27% of the web uses WordPress, from hobby blogs to the biggest news sites online.” That’s a lot!
WordPress started out as blogging software and it did little else. It slowly evolved into a content management system. Now, tons of ecommerce sites and major news sites use it as well. So I call it a complete online publishing platform.
WordPress is great for church websites partly because it’s open source. That sort of means free. But what it also means is that a large community of developers contribute to its improvement.
It’s also very easy to use, relatively speaking. If you know how to use Microsoft Word, you know how to write pages and posts in WordPress. You don’t have to mess with code or programming languages, unless you’re into that kind of thing.
You can extend WordPress’ functionality in virtually limitless ways through the use of plugins. They’re simple to install and take things further.
If you want to give WordPress a spin, just create a free site below and explore a little…
WordPress uses templates, called “themes”, and there are tons of them to pick from. Many are free and some are premium. Premium themes can cost anywhere from $35 to 150 depending on the source, but it’s often worth it because premium themes have usually been developed by experienced professionals and come ready to be customized more than the typical free theme.
If you want to see some of the very best premium themes around, check out what Studiopress has to offer!
And if you still feel overwhelmed, there is always help. You can go the route of having a designer handle the setup from start to finish.