Preview of a Basic Church Website
Part of a Special Promotion to Get Churches Online
Welcome to this Preview Page
If you recently received a letter in the mail from us, you have come to the right page! This page introduces the design for our special promotion that we are offering to churches who do not yet have a church website online. We know that not every church needs an industry-sized website. Most churches only need a simple website.
Our simple preview website is only 4 pages! And it starts at $500. That is an incredible deal since most starter websites cost about $3000 if they are put together by a website design company.
This simple website has 4 pages in it:
1) A home page welcoming everyone to the church
2) A visitor’s page for newcomers
3) An about page which would introduce your pastor, your beliefs, your church’s history, etc.
4) A sermon page
Check out what these pages look like down below!
Hi, my name is David, and this is Moody Web Design. This website design company is a family-owned and operated website design business. We specialize in websites for churches. We do that because we care about getting the gospel out to every city, county, state, and nation!
4-Page Church Preview
Starting at $500
The Welcome Page
The welcome page is the first page that visitors will see online. The top picture will be a picture of your website. Directly below that will be the most pertinent links. Our rule of thumb is to keep the most important things right at the user’s fingertips so that they can find what they are looking for quickly.
The Visitor’s Page
The visitor’s page is the page that lists all the information that first-time visitors might need. Your service times and address will be listed again. There will be a welcome message from the pastor. And we recommend that a short section for those who want to become Christians will provide information about how they can contact you and get started.
The About Page
The about page is the page that introduces the pastor and staff, the doctrines that the church holds to, and the history of the church. Each section of this page is to stay focused on reaching those in the community who might not know who you are, how long you have existed, and what you believe.
The Sermon Page
The sermon page lists all your sermons. The website uses WordPress, so your sermons are automatically in RSS form and compatible with iTunes (and other podcasting services). This page provides your church with a voice that can reach into your community.
Special Features of This Website
We focus our attention on improving the design of our websites. We recognize that more than half of all internet usage comes from mobile devices: smartphones. We have designed our websites with that in mind. Designing with the mobile user in mind first has led us to make two specific improvements: a “Get Directions” button and a listing of contact information and worship service times at the top of every page.
The “Get Directions” Button
This button is not that complicated, but it was a bit of a breakthrough when we first created it. When visitors are trying to get to your church for the first time, they often are using the GPS on their cell phones. This button links to your church’s address on Google Maps: anyone who clicks on it immediately gets connected to your location on Google Maps. From their phone, all they have to do is enter their starting location, and they’re off to your church!
Go ahead and click on the button below to see how it works!
Listing of Your Contact Information
All of your church’s contact information will be readily accessible from every page of the website.
What are the first questions any visitor is going to ask when coming to your website? They will ask questions like this:
- Where is this church?
- When do they meet for worship?
- How can I contact them?
These questions we answer with a very basic listing on the top of every page.
Other Features of this Website
Every church website we make has a section that inquires if the visitor wants to find out more information about the Gospel. It concludes by pointing those individuals to a person at your church (typically, the pastor) to help with that.
The Sermons you upload to audio automatically are part of an RSS Feed. An RSS Feed is what iTunes and other podcasting places use for publishing podcasts automatically. So, with this website, you can start podcasting today!
Every website we design is ready for any device from the largest desktop to the smallest smartphone. With this website, your site will never look outdated!
You and your church will have complete control over this website. You can create new pages whenever you want to. Is there a conference you want to advertise or a ministry you want to dedicate a page to? No problem. You will be able to change things with a simple point and click.
But What Other Annual Costs Does a Website Have?
This is a good question. If you are like me, you want to know precisely what you are getting yourself into from the beginning. Let me try to lay out the answer to that question. Moody Web Design does not charge you any annual costs, but to keep a website online there are three main costs. Those can usually be provided at a low cost by getting them through major web hosting companies like HostGator, Hostinger, or BlueHost. Those three costs are an SSL Certificate, a Domain Name, and a Hosting Package.
The SSL Certificate is what encrypts your site so that it stays safe and secure. At first this only mattered for online stores, but now it has become standard for all sites. The good news about the cost of the SSL certificate is that – as long as you buy it from the right place – it is FREE.
The Domain Registration has to be updated annually. You can pay ahead for a couple years, but the cost of a domain registration is usually under $15 per year. Be sure to get an SSL Certificate for free when you register your domain.
The web hosting package is going to be the most expensive part of keeping a website online. If you have a low-cost package (which is fine for most churches), you can look at spending about $60 per year. If you buy it on sale and pay for multiple years up front, this cost can be alleviated.
These are just the costs of doing business online. We would be happy to refer you to reputable companies that keep their costs low so that maintaining your website does not cost you much annually.