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Create A Free Church Website

If you are looking for a church website builder to make a website for your religious organization, you have come to the right place! Doodlekit offers a free website builder that allows churches and their followers the ability to create their own website. Use our advanced template design tools in combination with photos of your members and facilities to create custom church templates. Pick the colors and styles best suited for you and your congregation.

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Hosting For Your Church Website

Not only does Doodlekit provide you with all the website maker tools you need to create a church website, but we also provide church website hosting. Our servers use a cloud network to insure your data and images are never lost and available on the web 24/7. This allows you to make updates to your content about church events, specials, fundraisers, etc. and have it instantly relayed to users of your website. Community interaction through blogs and forums can be viewed by everyone as soon as they happen.

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Build Your Own Church Templates

Doodlekit comes with some pretty advanced template design tools. This allows you to create a church template specific to your organizations needs. Everything from colors, layouts, sidebars, page styles, and more can be modified. Doodlekit even comes with a template design wizard that allows you to create a unique and custom looking template with just a few clicks. Design inspirational, spiritual and uplifting templates that best reflects your church and its followers.

Free Website Maker For Churches

If you are responsible for building or maintaining your church's website, you have probably discovered that the hard part is not finding a free church website builder and host. The free or reasonably priced web tools and hosting solutions available are legion. You likely already have at your fingertips the means for seamlessly uploading images, maintaining an online calendar, adding and changing text, and even managing a number of subscribers to your weekly newsletter.

But what content needs to be included in your church website, and how should it be presented? You've got the church website builder down, so what should you say and what pictures should you include? What are the most important things for your visitors to see and read?

1. Look at other similar church websites

If you are a Baptist, look at other Baptist websites. If you are non denominational, look at other non denominational sites, especially the successful ones with large and thriving congregations. What are they doing? What kind of content do they offer? What do they include on the first, or Home, page? Keep in mind not to copy anything you see. That would be Copyright infringement, or Trademark infringement. Yes, even with a church's content, it is protected. What you are really trying to do is get ideas about the best way to present your church and beliefs. And, after all, each church is uniquely different. Make a list of all the things the churches you desire to emulate include on their websites. Here is a partial list of questions you might ask as you review these sites:

  • What is included on the Home Pages?
  • What kind of color schemes are used?
  • Where and how are the Contact Us and Location information and links presented?
  • How is the church doctrine set forth?
  • Which churches tell you the most about themselves in 30 seconds, and how do they do it?

Does it seem that some church website makers work better than others? Sometimes the tools and church templates available do affect content. So you may want to consider switching to a new church website creator, especially if you have not yet built your website or have not yet included too much content.

2. What is the purpose of your church website?

Once you have looked at a number of examples of other churches, you need to examine your own church. In other words, you need your website to preach what your church preaches. Maybe you are the church IT person and website builder. You did a great job finding church website hosting. You can really run circles around HTML and JavaScript, cascading style sheets, and all that. However, you are only as good as your content, and being good with technology does not mean you know how to preach what your church preaches. You have to know your church's doctrine and approach if you are to properly represent it on the Internet.

The only other answer is make the clergy or someone who knows your church doctrine really well responsible for all the content. This assumes you don't already know all the scriptures yourself and that you are going to be responsible for all the writing on your site. So, maybe being the hero for finding a way to offer your congregation a free church website was not enough. You must also become a church scholar!

Along these lines, and exploring the purpose of your site, be wary of to whom you are presenting your church. If you are a private church with limited membership, you really are just putting up a site for your members. In this case, very simple and limited content will likely do the trick. You just need to keep members informed of when your meetings are held, maybe a means for paying tithing, and perhaps where to buy church literature, which may include your own shopping cart. However, if your main focus is on new membership, remember that your site is for the outside public, not your established members. In such a case, always be asking yourself how you can best present your web content to non members. How do you win their hearts?

3. Study your church doctrine and message

As we've been emphasizing, your website content represents your church. If you happen to be responsible for the content, you are also responsible for knowing what your church preaches. The Lord works in mysterious ways, and perhaps this is his way of helping you get to all the Bible study you may have been neglecting. So, here is how you can know your church better than before. You are responsible for being a spokesperson for your beliefs. You may have a lot of learning in store.

  • Study your doctrine. If your church advocates the Bible, know the Bible well. Read it.
  • Gather all your church's specific literature and read it. This includes pamphlets, copies of sermons, evangelical literature, and the like. In fact, if your church is a subsidiary of a larger organization, you may even be required by this entity to represent your church on the Internet in accordance with certain rules and regulations. You may even have to get your content approved before you post it.
  • Talk to the person in charge. Perhaps the most important thing is to involve your priest or pastor in everything you do. Have him or her approve, or even write, all of your content. Two heads is better than one. In smaller churches, being the pastor may mean that you are also the webmaster and web builder. In this case, find fellow pastors to review your content before you post it. Or seek the assistance of knowledgeable members of your congregation. And last but not least, you should always pray about any content before you post it!

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