If you aren’t a theme designer then you’ll probably use a theme and customize it to fit the needs of your church. Some website themes present a wide variety of options in front of you such as fonts, header styles, colors, button drop shadows, and more. These can be great for people who don’t know how to code (but know how to design), but are there any downsides? What are the problems with using a stock theme for your site?
Are you interested in leveling up your WordPress development skills?
Maybe you’ve been interested in getting into more WordPress customization? Have a theme idea? A plugin?
Then you need to Start Here!
How fast is your church website? Does it load well?
Unfortunately, website loading speed is usually overlooked.
Far too many churches do one of the following – or even worse – all of them:
Every now and again a coding horror story pops up on the web. One where someone has one character wrong and so it ends up deleting everything on the system, or takes a whole site down and so on.
It seems so silly until it happens to you one day.
That’s why a local development environment is so important. You don’t want to make a huge mistake and lose everything.
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.
If you are helping out with your church website, it can be exciting to begin coding and designing. However, there is something very important you need to do before you start implementing your incredible vision for the church website. It’s not as attractive as getting your hands dirty in code and Photoshop, but it is far more important and it will save you time and hassle latter on.
You need to sit down and chat with all the stake holders.
You’ll be amazed at how many people are (or consider themselves to be) a stakeholder in your church website. In a large church, this may include people who are responsible for different ministries within the church, but it also includes people who have strong opinions about how the church site should look. This second group can be large within small churches as well as larger ones, in fact it may even be bigger in a small church.