WordPress has been around since 2003. Some think it is just for blogs. Over the last few years, WordPress has also become one of the top content management software (web design) systems. One out of four websites today are created using WordPress. Large and small companies and churches are using it to power their sites! Here are the top 6 reasons why WordPress is so popular and why you might want to consider switching to a WordPress platform for your church’s website.
1. It Uses Free and Open-Source Software
WordPress is a free and open-source web design platform. This means that your church doesn’t have to buy expensive web design software. It also means that your site belongs to you. Since you aren’t creating it with a company’s proprietary system, you can make changes (complete makeover or minor changes) at any time and you don’t have to start from scratch (just change a theme) or pay another set-up fee when you do.
2 . Ease of Use
WordPress is very easy to use. If you can can use a word processor or PowerPoint on a computer, you can probably create a WordPress site after learning the basics. After that, adding new pages, blog posts, images, and other media is a breeze and can be done quickly.
We think the toughest part is installing WordPress on your site. If you are on a budget, your hosting company support can help walk you through this. If you don’t want to learn how to do this backend work, you either can hire companies to do the set up work for you for $125 or use church WordPress setup and hosting companies to do all the maintenance and security work for you for around $165 a year. This is a much lower price than a typical church website design company offers for similar proprietary services. Click here to learn more about your different WordPress and non WordPress options.
3. Low Cost, Professional-Looking Site
Because you aren’t paying for a proprietary system, WordPress is one of the most cost-effective ways to create a professional-looking church website (click here to learn what you need to do to create a new WordPress site). You can literally make a Church WordPress website for free. However, you will get much better results if you buy one of these themes for $50-$100. If you don’t want to worry about maintenance and setup stuff, you can always hire someone to do that work for you and still save money over the majority of the major church website options.
4. Multiple People Can Manage Your Website from Any Computer
WordPress is browser-based, so you can login from any Internet-connected computer and make changes to your site. It also means that WordPress is compatible with any computer (Mac, PC, Linux, etc), tablet, phone, etc. WordPress is designed so that you can allow multiple users to modify the site. This means that more than one person (staff and volunteers) can work to keep the site updated.
5. Search Engines Love WordPress Sites
Every church wants to be found in an online search! The code behind WordPress is very clean and simple, making it easy for search engines to read and index a site’s content. If you use post titles in your general setting, it makes it easy for search engines to automatically know what content you want to highlight on each page.
6. You Have Control of Your Site and Can Keep It Up to Date
No more waiting for your web designer to make updates to your site. With WordPress, you have control of every aspect of your site and updates things yourself. This is critical because a good website is an up-to-date website!