I have seen so many church websites over the years that are overtly bright, colourful, and feature a gazillion tiny photos that you can’t enlarge. Or they just have so much information crammed onto them that not even the people who attend that church can be bothered reading it. Whatever the issue, there are a lot of church websites out there that need a boost, and if yours is one of them, I’m so glad you’re here today, because I’m sharing exactly what you can use to have a highly functional and good-looking site on a tight budget.
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I want to start this off by saying that no one is paying me to say this, I just genuinely think that what I’m talking about today will help you, as it has helped me!
If you haven’t heard of Squarespace, it is my secret website weapon. Squarespace is a website platform that allows people with zero experience in web design to create a lovely website with ease.
You can choose from a variety of templates to help you achieve the look that you’re wanting, and the function you hope to achieve.
The greatest part is, it comes in at $12USD per month, which is penny pinching for a great website. If you paid a developer to design your site, you would most likely be spending upwards of $2000. With 90% of newcomers to your church visiting your website beforehand, $12 is an investment that you should definitely make.
The Learning Curve
Now, of course, using Squarespace is a more DIY option, so there is a small learning curve for you when you first hop on, and it can be a little time consuming to begin with. To re-design my website however, it took me about 3 hours! So once you’ve learnt how to use Squarespace, it becomes a really great solution.
A major issue small churches can have is when their tech-savvy website runner leaves town, and you’re left with no one to man the helm. Because Squarespace has a smaller learning curve than any other current platform, you can teach your next website uploader in a flash how to do what they need to.
An extra tip for this is to get whoever created the website to film a quick tutorial using a screen video app (I use Quicktime, which came for free with my laptop) on how to upload to the website. That way, it doesn’t have to be explained again and again and again, but rather you can simply share the video with whoever needs to see it.
Now, the function is one-part-platform and two-parts-you, in my opinion. If you’re worried about Squarespace’s part in this equation, you don’t need to. Squarespace will integrate with most other apps and platforms out there, including MailChimp and your social media accounts. It is easy to use behind the scenes, but is an absolute breeze for your website visitors. It loads quickly and optimises your images for you according to your template. If you like the function of this website, good! Because it is on Squarespace! We’ll talk more about how you can increase the function of your church website another day.
Squarespace websites just look lovely. You don’t really have to do much to them, to be honest! All of the templates have been designed by professional web designers and are optimised to look good on any devise; desktop, mobile or iPad. In fact, why am I just sitting around here telling you how good the church website templates are! I should be showing you! Click the video below to take a Squarespace tour with me.
I hope you’ve found this blog post helpful! Let me know if you choose to use Squarespace, and don’t forget to hit the share button below if you have any friends who would find this useful!