I was speaking with a few church planters not long ago, and the conversation turned to websites. All sorts of opinions were present. There were the guys who had built their first website at 8, there were the folks who were afraid of the internet. And while I know plenty of guys (and gals) who are way more advanced technologically than I am, I ended up being the one offering options.
If you don’t have a website, you might as well not have a phone number or meeting address. Most guests will visit your website before calling or stopping by in person.
Two really great options are Clover and WordPress. Clover is a completely flash program that has super-simple layouts for your church website, reasonably priced, and built specifically for churches. In fact, they just announced three new site designs today. I’ve had several good friends who pastor great churches who have had great success with Clover and have helped set up a site before. Click here for more information.
WordPress is a blogging platform (the one I use) that is becoming the industry standard. You can use the free option (which is good), or you can self-host your site and customize it further (which is better). And did I mention free?
And if you’re thinking of going with WordPress, might I interest you in considering the Standard Theme? That’s what this blog is built on and while I’m not a web ninja or CSS guru, I can tell you that it’s the cleanest coding I’ve seen hands down.