There are a lot of different options out there to power your church website.
Wix, Squarespace, Jekyll, Drupal and more can all be used as the service to run your churches website but in my (admittedly very biased) opinion, you should choose WordPress.
WordPress is popular.
WordPress currently powers over a quarter of the web include TechCrunch, XDA-Developers and Time.com. Although you shouldn’t just use something because everyone else is (or just those cool kids), it does mean that there is a lot of support out there for WordPress and resources.
WordPress has a huge developer community.
This is linked in with the previous point but there is a huge developer community in a cause and effect way tied in with WordPress’s popularity. This community means that there is great support for WordPress, you aren’t tied into using just one person to support your site and there are a wide range of extension and options because it fills so many different functions.
WordPress is flexible.
Because there are so many people creating and building around WordPress, this means that there are many options and possibilities to adapt it to fulfil whatever needs you have.
WordPress is very SEO friendly.
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation. While this can get into some Murky territory, there is a lot of good SEO practices which basically try to make sure that good and relevant content appears to people who are searching for it. That means that WordPress can help you get your church’s site in front of people who want to find it (even if they don’t know they are looking for it).
Also, there is the Yoast SEO plugin to really help you fine tune your Church site’s SEO.
WordPress is easy to add more content to.
One of the best things about using WordPress is that it is made to have more content added to it all the time. As it started out as blogging software, if you need to add a new blog post, sermon, event, or other post. You can easily do so and do it in a way which naturally supports SEO, and is easily searchable.
WordPress has been around for a while.
WordPress legacy means not only are there lots of resources for it (see the previous point) but also it isn’t going to die anytime soon. The team and development behind WordPress has grown over its 10+ years of existence.
WordPress is “Free” to start out with.
Because WordPress is open source, you can download it for free and get started right away. You can also get some okay free themes too and adapt them (if you know some basic CSS and PHP). Of course, you’d need to pay for web hosting and a domain but there is also the option to use a WordPress.com account for free (with “YourWebsite”.wordpress.com address).
You aren’t tied in to one web host
Some of these other services tie you into using their services and their pricing as you can only get their software with them. Because WordPress is open source, you can switch host if you want to and find a better deal.
Why do you/don’t you use WordPress for your church website?
These are a few reason I can think of but I’m sure you may have some very good reason to use or not use WordPress for your church. Leave a comment below with one.