ChurchWebsiteCriticalQuestions

Feeling overwhelmed by all the options?

Don’t worry! ChurchWP.net is here to help.  We have produced a series on creating new websites to help you find the best website design option for your church!

There are many web site companies out there to chose from, and the bottom line is that each company offers slightly different things, making it hard to compare.   We try to explain all your options so that you can make an educated decision!  Before you begin looking at your options, we suggest you start with the following questions:

3 Critical Questions to ask yourself to help you decide which route is best for you

1)   What is your website budget?  

Whether you like it or not, this is the first question you need to ask.  We suggest you establish two different budget numbers.   

  • What is your initial budget?
  • What will be your yearly budget after that?

We suggest that you have a higher initial budget, but you don’t have to.  You might be surprised just how little it costs to create a professional-looking church website!

2)   What are the levels of technical skills of the people who will be helping you create and maintain a site?

The second question that you need to consider is how technical the people are who will be maintaining and creating the site.  Here are some categories to consider.

  • Basic Computer Skills: Proficient at a word processor like Word, Pages, Publisher, and email.
  • Intermediate Computer Skills: Somewhat proficient with HTML and other coding languages.
  • Advanced Computer Skills: Complete computer programmer.

 

The good news is that you don’t need to be a computer expert.  You can still create a great-looking site if you can get online and open web pages or create a document with a word processor (Basic) by following our advice and buying the right tools.

The following shows you some of the options to consider for your budget and skill level.    Step 2 of this guide will explain the different components of every site.   In Step 3 of our guides, we will explain all of these options in more depth and share some pros and cons of each of them.  We will also suggest some companies to consider.

INITIAL BUDGET

$0-$125

BASIC COMPUTER SKILL LEVEL:

INTERMEDIATE COMPUTER SKILL LEVEL:

ADVANCED COMPUTER SKILL LEVEL:

INITIAL BUDGET

$125-250

BASIC COMPUTER SKILL LEVEL:

INTERMEDIATE COMPUTER SKILL LEVEL:

ADVANCED COMPUTER SKILL LEVEL:

INITIAL BUDGET

$250-$400

BASIC COMPUTER SKILL LEVEL:

INTERMEDIATE COMPUTER SKILL LEVEL:

ADVANCED COMPUTER SKILL LEVEL:

INITIAL BUDGET

$400-$1000

BASIC COMPUTER SKILL LEVEL:

INTERMEDIATE COMPUTER SKILL LEVEL:

ADVANCED COMPUTER SKILL LEVEL:

INITIAL BUDGET

$1000+

BASIC COMPUTER SKILL LEVEL:

INTERMEDIATE COMPUTER SKILL LEVEL:

ADVANCED COMPUTER SKILL LEVEL:

3)   Who do you think your website is for, and what do you want to communicate to them?

The final question to consider is this: Who do you think your website is for?  Your answer to this questions should determine how you want to create it and what information you want to include.  We suggest that you think of two groups.

  • Potential Visitors: The church website has become the church’s new front door.  We think this should be the primary audience you have in mind when you create your site.  Click here to learn here what you should include on your church home page.
  • Congregation Attendees: The church website is a great way to keep your current attendees informed about events, ministries, and more!