There’s a good chance your church website is using WordPress. After all, WordPress powers 29% of internet sites thanks to its free price for the actual software, the wide supply of themes and plugins to customize the look and add powerful functionality. Well, the latest update to WordPress, WordPress 4.9, adds some very useful functionality for churches that you should check out.
Are you using WordPress to power your church, ministry, or nonprofit website?
Chances are, that’s exactly what you are using.
There are many great reasons to use WordPress. It’s easy to use, has a great learning curve, and is relatively inexpensive to maintain. However, this abundance of usage and ease of operation makes it easy for us to get in over our heads pretty fast.
One minute you’re feeling great because you changed a font size, the next minute you’re breaking out in a cold sweat because you just lost 8-hours of work on the landing page.
I have long been a fan of churchthemes.com and their Church Content plugin. My church, as well, is a happy customer—we’ve been using their church WordPress themes since 2013! And now, we’ve just switched over to the Saved Theme, and I have to say, I love it! Best of all, my pastor loves it, too. Here’s what the designers have to say about it:
It’s becoming much rarer for a church not to have some form of a website, but there are still some churches which don’t have one. In addition, some churches websites are now getting old and dated, and at best, give off a bad impression, but at worse, aren’t mobile friendly (how most people access the web now) and have poor navigation, functionality, and rank worse in search engines. All this made me think of a little mini series of a couple of video guides how you (or anyone else) can set up a church website from scratch using one of two popular WordPress theme providers.
What can we learn from the fact that publishers are moving back to WordPress after having tried Medium?
This is not only interesting from a content ownership standpoint, but it’s also a lesson in not jumping in with both feet too fast with new technologies and services.
What tech fads have you seen quickly come and go?
We’ve found that it is hard to compare church software. The pricing can be hidden. And the features can seem more like comparing apples to watermelons rather than apples to apples.
ChurchMag is looking to change that by surveying both church software companies and the customers that use them. If you represent a church that uses church software, please take a moment to complete this quick and easy survey.
We’re gathering data on full-service church management software solutions as well as more niche solutions for planning, accounting, online giving, communications, events, community, learning, and more.
Your answers will help us make a list that makes comparing church software much, much easier! Thanks for participating!
Note: If your church uses multiple church software products, please complete one survey for each product. If you are a software company representative, please fill-out our Church Software Company Survey.
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