What skills do I need to build a Church Website that is responsive?
ok so you have been placed over the media department of your church and you have the challenge to learn how to build a wordpress website for your church, but you have no experience in coding, html or website design.Well you have come to the right place. Because in this blog I am going to show you how to build a church website. I will walk you through the process of WordPress website design and give you some up to date resources and some pretty cool tips. You will be well on your way to learn how to build a website from scratch. Not only that, but you are going to take your church media to another level.
There are a few steps that you need to follow in order to build a responsive church website that will stand out from other websites.
I will cover all these "web design" website steps in detail and have you creating a website for your church in a fraction of the time. You are going to learn how to choose a domain name, how to install wordpress and how to build a website from scratch.
- Choose your domain name
- Choose your Web Hosting
- Install WordPress
- Install Plugins
- Design your website
- Optimize your website with SEO
- Keep your website updated
You thought building a church website was too difficult huh? You thought that you wouldn't be able to do it, but after reading this blog you will be well on your way to building a wordpress website for your church.
Ok Let's Go...
1. Choosing your Domain Name
The domain name is the name that people visiting your website will type into the search bar.
Note: You want your domain name to be as short as possible. A motto that I like to use when choosing a domain name is short, sweet and to the point.
When choosing your domain name you may want to have a few options just in case your first choice is not available.
Here are a few examples of a domain name:
Of course, you would choose a domain name that fits your church. There are many domain extensions you can choose from such as .com, .org, .net and so on, but the most popular is .com. So, if you can get a domain name that ends with .com that would be a good choice.
2. Choosing your web hosting.
Now that you have chosen a domain name, the next thing you need to do is decide on your church website hosting company. Your web hosting company is the place that is going to store or in laymen’s terms “host” your website.
What is web hosting:
When you design a website, you need to store all your information, such as your files and folders. The place where you store this information is known as your “web host.”
There are many web hosting companies to choose from when you are looking to build a church website, but here are a few things to consider when choosing your web hosting company.
What to consider when choosing a “Web Hosting Company?”
Customer Service – How are their customer service reviews
Storage – For starters you can get by with 30 gb of storage spaces, but unlimited storage is the best.
Price – What is the price range? If you are barely starting out you should look to pay anywhere from $2.00 a month, but not more than $10.00 a month.
I know of a good web hosting company that has:
- 24/7 customer service
- Unlimited storage space
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- Unlimited Websites
They also have a starter pack that is only $2.49 which is perfect for churches that are barely getting started: The Pack Includes:
- 24/7 Customer Service
- 1 – Website
- 30 GB storage
- Unmetered Bandwidth
Special Bonus: If you use the coupon code “churchwebsite” you will get 15% off.
3. Install the WordPress platform
Now that you have your domain name and your web hosting company, now you need to choose how are going to design your website.
Many people use a platform called “WordPress” for their church website design. WordPress is the most popular platform today and has been used to build millions of websites. WordPress is very easy to use making it the perfect platform to build a church website especially if you are new to church web design.
WordPress is very easy to install, but in order to install WordPress you must have your domain name and hosting service.
If you have not already purchased your domain name and hosting service you can do so by clicking here.
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Once you have purchased your domain name and hosting, you want to log into your web hosting control panel and install WordPress.
How to install WordPress:
Log into your account by going to the home page of the place you purchased your hosting. It should say something like log in or my account.
Once you are logged in you should see page that looks like this. Click on manage.Here is a step by step video that will walk you through the process of installing WordPress to your webhost