A Church Website You Can Update Yourself

At this point every church should have a website. If your church doesn't have a website, get a website. You can set a website up for free or mostly free. Free comes with some sacrifices, but you can make something happen without costing your church a dime.

For most of us though, we have a church website. Many churches choose to pay a small fee for hosting and install WordPress and a cool church theme, but when church office staff are asked to update the website, it can be a real headache trying to figure out how to do this or that. Often times the office staff are more concerned about messing something up than about actually updating the website. I have found that even tech savvy people can get frustrated trying to update a WordPress or even Joomla website.

What if there was something better. What if you could update a web page just as easy as a Microsoft Word Document? Point, click, edit, done... That sounds nice doesn't it. Well for a few years now, website editors have been working on developing WYSIWYG interfaces. (IE What You See Is What You Get).

There are quite a few options on the market today that make website editing simple and easy. Some of them are even built specifically for churches. With that said, the system that I have used over the last few years is called Weebly. I currently manage 15 different Weebly websites. Weebly isn't a church specific website builder, but they have a ton of backing, they are always working to make their product better, you can change and alter your website's design easily, and they are pretty cheap.

Editing a Weebly website is extremely simple. You drag text boxes, photos, videos, and other elements onto the webpage and arrange them in columns or stack them on top of each other as you see fit. Everything resizes to fit the space automatically. You can even edit your website from your phone or tablet.

Once you have everything set, you just click publish. Boom! Website updated.

Weebly has a free version. The only downside is that you can't have a custom domain, and there is a "Powered with Weebly" icon in the footer of your website. For a small monthly fee, you can set your website up to look a little more professional.

Click here to see how Weebly's website pricing works.

There are certainly other options out there that you can research, but this is the system I have used. I have found it to be reliable and rewarding. I can't think of any reason to go back to my WordPress days.

God bless,

Pastor Nate Cress


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