When it comes to responsive themes, there are a lot of different low-cost professional-looking options out there.  It can actually be pretty overwhelming.  When building a church website, you can either choose a theme built specifically for churches, or you can use a general theme that is designed for multiple purposes.  Click here to see all of the themes we recommend and have reviewed!  There really isn’t a right answer.  You just need to find themes that have the design features you want.

Benefit of Church Themes: 

  • These themes are built specifically with churches in mind, so they include things important to churches.
  • They often have plugins for sliders, audio files, staff, and giving built in.
  • You can usually create a new site with a church theme pretty quickly because you don’t have to hunt down plugins (see below).
  • You are usually supporting the work of Christian designers.

Downside of Many Church Themes: 

The downside  of using church themes is that many of them are pretty limited when it comes to color and layout options.  What you see is what you get.  This is great if you are just starting out and want to create a simple site or if you like the color scheme.  If you want to make any modifications, you might be limited.  Many church themes don’t offer a variety of page templates or layouts, so every page must have the same format.  We have found that the plugins or built-in church features in these themes are somewhat limited in how they connect to items outside of the website, so they may not do everything you want them to do.  For example, most church calendar or event areas don’t connect with Google Calendar or Facebook.  You often have to use an extra plugin anyway.

Click here to see some of the church themes we have reviewed.

Benefit of General Themes:

  • The benefit of the general themes is that there are so many different design options out there to chpose from.  You can find one that is pretty close to what you want.
  • Most general themes are built to be adaptable. This means that you can modify the color scheme to make your site look exactly the way you want it.
  • General themes also have many different page layout options as well.  This gives you the flexibility to have each page look exactly the way you want it.

Downside of General Themes: 

One downside is that you may need to install plugins to do what you want them to do.  This was the most intimidating part for me when I was starting out.  Honestly, once I figured out which plugins to use, it is pretty easy make a general theme do every thing the church themes can do.  Here is a quick list of plugins to use:

Click here to see some of the general themes we suggest and have reviewed.

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Brad started ChurchWP.net in 2013 to help churches get online with WordPress. He is a pastor and also operates a web design agency called Frugal Fox Design.