When it comes to good church web design, it’s easy to become
overwhelmed by all the different requirements of the modern web. One way
to streamline the process is to utilize a pre-made template. This gives
you all the code that you need for an impressive website — all you have
to do is add your own content to the text fields, replace sample images
with your own pictures, and replace any link URLs with the addresses of
pages you want to link to. What could go wrong? When making a decision
on church website templates there are do’s and don’ts to consider
Unfortunately, several things can go wrong. Website templates are great but you need to make your selection carefully.
DON’T: Don’t compromise on website security. It is possible for
unscrupulous online criminals to upload innocent-looking church web
templates that contain malicious code. This includes code that can be
used later on as a “back door” that lets criminals hack your site — or
even code that downloads viruses and Trojan horses onto your visitors’
computers. Ensure that you only use templates from a reputable source,
such as a web design company with a good track record.
DO: Customize your site. Your church and your community are unique
and your website should reflect that. Free templates and generic website
builders tend to limit the amount of customization you can accomplish.
Often they’ll only let you edit certain parts of the site, or limit the
colors and fonts you can use. This is another benefit of professionally
made templates: even an inexpensive pre-made design will tend to be much
more customizable than a free template.
DON’T: Don’t use an ad-supported template. Some sites offer “free”
templates that include code to serve banner ads or pop-ups on your page.
This can be intrusive and annoying to your visitors. Worse, you may not
be able to control which ads are shown on your site. This could lead to
a situation where offensive images are appearing on your church
DO: Ask the professionals. While there are lots of perfectly
acceptable free templates available online, templates made by amateur
web designers are not always the best choice for your church site.
Professional web designers keep up with the latest styles and advances
in web design; they also tend to use more advanced web design tools. The
result is a slicker, more appealing look. A professionally made
template gives you ease of use as well as being an inexpensive option.
The superior result is well worth the small outlay.
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