Creating a website: guidance for churches

The checklist below aims to provide simple guidance for congregations who wish to establish or improve their Church website.

Outsourcing – setting up a new website

  • Research web design agencies in your area
  • Secure at least three quotes from different agencies
  • Avoid sole practitioners – find a company with more than one employee which is likely to still be in business in a couple of years' time
  • Ensure the website is simple and uses Church of Scotland logos and colours

Necessary information to include on website

  • Name of Minister
  • Worship times - Put this in as prominent a spot as possible, preferably high up on the homepage
  • Church address - including postcode and information about parking
  • Contact phone number and email address
  • Denomination (new Church of Scotland logo)
  • Link to the Church of Scotland website
  • Accessibility information - ramps, accessible toilets, hearing loops etc.

Improvements

  • Use high-quality images
  • Keep information current (as much as possible)
  • Link to social media accounts
  • Include Parish news
  • Provide information about life events (weddings, baptisms, and funerals)
  • Provide information about available meeting spaces
  • Embedded video or audio of your latest service, or links to where they can be seen or heard (YouTube, etc.)

Good website examples