There are some things that must be considered when designing websites for churches. The best website designs all address the following areas to be successful.
Simple layout and aesthetics go a long way in convincing the visitor to stay at first glance. Several factors such as all contribute to good church website design. These are the keys for an optimal layout:
The main goal your website should achieve is to be able to immediately tell a story. What you may get wrong about storytelling on your website is that the story is not about YOU. The story must be the story your customers and prospects are telling themselves. They need to see themselves in the story which starts with their challenges, problems, and issues that they don’t know how to solve.
You have to immediately let your website visitor see that you know what they’re struggling with and that there’s a good chance that you know how to solve it.
If it takes more than four seconds for any web page to load completely, it’s too slow.
Google found that 70 percent of the websites they surveyed in their study took seven seconds or longer to load.They also found that the slower the site, the more likely a user is to bounce. Google also noted 3 that seconds is the accepted best practice for website owners who want to keep their visitors on-site.
What makes this even more complicated is the fact that page speed can significantly impact your rankings. Google page speed is used as a ranking factor to assess pages in its index.
Scalability refers to responsiveness. The ability of a website to detect the visitor's screen size and orientation and change the layout accordingly. It’s widely known that mobile traffic has already surpassed desktop traffic. Does your web pages look great on all major mobile devices? If people can’t open your website on their mobile devices, they will most likely leave it within a few seconds and go elsewhere.
Whether or not you sell items on your website – if you take any information whatsoever, you should have SSL. The SSL will encrypt communications between you and your clients (i.e. a credit card number, Social Security number), which will allay their fears of providing such information, since there's so much identity theft on the web. VeriSign, TrustE, Entrust and GeoTrust are good options to explore.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
SEO involves making certain changes to your website design and content that make your site more attractive to a search engine. ... SEO is the process that organizations go through to help make sure that their site ranks high in the search engines for relevant keywords and phrase
Social Share Widget – Did you know that only 34% of websites have a social share widget on them? Adding a social share widget on your site will allow website visitors to help you spread the word through their networks. This is the ultimate viral marketing tool.
To get the services you offer is the main reason people come to your website. Here are a few question that must be answered.
What are the services offered?
How much does it cost to get those services? (e.g. Price, Free)
Who is qualified to receive those services?
Who already benefited from those services (e.g. testimonials)?
Where can I receive those services (e.g. Location)
How can I receive the services (e.g. Telephone number, sign up)?
Many visitors to your site won’t be ready to commit financially but they will subscribe to receive more info or keep in touch. Email capture is a critical element for every business!