Five Steps to Plan Your Church Website with Clover
If you’re thinking about updating or launching a new church website for your church, you’re probably feeling one thing: overwhelmed.
Believe us, we get it! As church leaders, you have so many important things to focus on as you work to reach your community and lead your congregation. Your work, your time, and your energy are valuable; you don’t want to waste them trying to deal with a complicated and difficult website design.
That’s where we come in.
We want to do what we can with what we have to make the process of web design and development seamless for your church.
So if you’re thinking about getting started, we’re here to partner with you to make it happen—and make it easy!
Take a look our five step plan for creating your church website with Clover.
1. Think It Through.
Before you even get started on actually building your website, you need a plan. The first step to creating a well done, professional website is to simply think it through. Think about who will be visiting your site—both current and potential members alike. Think about the information you want to convey to them. And then think about the types of pages you’ll need to communicate those things.
The difference between a well thought out site and a thrown together site is huge. A planned and thought out site will attract people to your church, but a thrown together site will push them away.
One key to thinking it through? Remember that less is more. You want your site to be informative but concise, giving people what they need to know without inundating them with too much information.
2. Pick Your Design.
Once you’ve landed on a good plan for your site, it’s time to select a design. All of our church websites are beautifully designed and handcrafted in detail—from color schemes to navigation and more. And the best part? We created all of our design templates with you and your ministry in mind.
Each design contains core features specific to the needs of churches and ministries. While each look and feel is uniquely different, the foundation for ministry use remains the same across the board. Peruse and demo different sites to find the best fit for your church. Try everything out, add your own content, play around with templates, and find the design that best represents your ministry.
3. Start Building.
This is where the fun really begins! Now that you’ve got a plan and a design, it’s time to start building a site customized for your church.
We've kept things simple while giving you complete freedom to create and customize everything on your site as you build. And we do our best to make that process incredibly easy with features like….
- Section based editing. You can incorporate different types of content to any page of your website and even add unlimited sections of new content to any page. Don’t like the way it lays out? You can quickly rearrange sections by dragging and dropping them around the page.
- Simple media tools. We’ve created the easiest way for you to share your message and have it heard by getting it on your website. Our media player is beautifully designed and fully responsive so you can reach your people with your message wherever they are.
- The Greenhouse. Everyone says their content management system is easy, but when it comes down to it, you still seem to need an advanced design or programming degree to figure it out. The Greenhouse—Clover’s content management system—was built so that anyone can create and manage their website on their own. We created it with real people (like you!) in mind. With our easy and advanced modes, editing your site is both incredibly simple to learn and remarkably flexible to use.
4. Launch It.
You’ve done the work. You’ve built an incredible site. Now it’s time to let people know! We’ve made the launch process really simple. No waiting on IT. No dealing with mishaps. No schedule but your own. When you’re ready to launch, you launch.
Proof your site. Test your site. Build momentum for your launch through your announcements, emails, and social media. And then take your site live all on your own. It’s that simple!
5. Talk to us.
We aren’t just with you for the initial design and launch phases of your website. We’re in it for the long haul! Once your site is up and running, we still want to hear from you.
We’ve got a great team who’s always ready to talk to you. We’re here to help, here to listen, and here to make the process of maintaining your site easy. And every time you call, you get a real live person who loves Clover and genuinely wants to talk to you.
No matter where you are in the process of building your site, we want to help. Contact us today to get started!
Now that you know how to get started, take a look at The Ultimate Guide to Building Your Church Website to dig even deeper.
Did you know? Clover has a solution to make it easier for the "technical end" of building your church website. Building with Clover Sites makes it easy and beautiful for your congregation to engage with your church. It's also easy and beautiful for your admin teams. It's a win-win. Click the button below to start your free demo today!