With hundreds of Church WordPress themes offered online, looking for the right design can be time-consuming. ChurchWP.net is here to help. We have not only hand selected the best and posted them in our best church WordPress list, we have also created our comparison tool so that you can see their features and determine what is best for you!
So what is the best design for your church? This is really a personal question. Here are a few things we think you should consider when making your choice.
1. Great Design.
Folks with little experience with WordPress usually pick a layout based only on the way it looks. This is a great place to start. It is critical that your website accurately represents your congregation.
There is a lot more to a WordPress theme than just meets the eye. The back-end user interface design is also important. Some themes are much easier to learn than others. This is why we highlight this aspect in all our theme reviews.
2. Theme Customization Options.
Most WordPress themes have a built-in options area. This is where you configure your church website’s common settings. The number of settings that can be configured varies between themes.
Some only allow you to choose from a few color scheme options. Others allow for full color customization. Some themes allow you to change the layout of every page (top header and bottom footers). You can change the information you want to display quite easily. Other themes have more of a set layout. This is no big deal if you like the default layout. It can be frustrating if you expected more flexibility.
3. Page Layout Options.
Most church WordPress themes provide some standard page templates. These usually include a contact page, sermon page, staff pages, etc. If you are newer to WordPress and church website design, these templates can be helpful and save you a ton of time!
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4. Church-specific Features.
There are a lot of different components that need to be integrated into a church website. You will want to make sure that your theme either has these features built in or works with plugins. WordPress plugins are small programs that increase the functions of your site. Most churches need sermons, podcasting, a calendar, and staff options included in their site.
Most designers provide tutorial documentation to help you learn how to set up your site. Some designers provide tool tips in the theme itself. Others explain everything in a document and package it with the theme zip file. Most provide written or video documentation on their website.
The level of documentation can vary. Some provide really detailed information. Others provide just the basics. If you are newer to WordPress, you might want to find a theme and company that has better documentation.
Support is another important thing to consider when choosing a new WordPress theme. You may not need it if you are doing basic stuff. It is great to have if you run into problems with the theme or just get stuck.
Designers primarily offer email support or support forums. Email support is great because you get an answer to your specific question. We prefer themes that have a support forum where people can post questions and get answers. You probably aren’t the first one who has run into your problem. You can save time and energy by searching the forum to see if solutions are already provided. If they aren’t or if you need more clarification, you can always post your unique dilemma and get help.
These are just a few of the things we think you should consider when choosing a WordPress theme. What do you think is important?