Just like fashion, food, and other areas of our culture, websites can have trends, too.
As websites become more and more advanced, designers get creative and come up with new ways to attract website visitors and to make their websites visually appealing as well as just functional.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of current church website trends along with examples. For each trend, we’ve included a picture and a link to the website so you can see more. We hope you can use these trends as inspiration for your own church website!
Including videos on your church website is a fun, modern way to catch the eye of prospective visitors—especially when it’s the first thing they see on your website. Videos can capture users’ attention and encourage them to stay on your site.
Many in the website industry say that users spend more time on websites with videos on them, and videos get more engagement from users.
Take a look at Trinity Baptist Church’s website to get a better glimpse of their video. For your website, you could do a similar style where you simply include clips of your congregation. Or, you could get extra creative and include audio or clips of your pastor talking.
Churches as a whole are moving away from stock photography in favor of more personal photos that capture the church’s personality and showcase their members. This church website trend can make your site feel more authentic and allow your church to better connect with web visitors.
One of our website clients that does this well is Millersport Covenant Church. Their website is filled with pictures of their leadership, congregation, and their church building. These pictures show important moments like baptism and times of fellowship.
Minimalism has been a growing church website trend for a while now, and many churches are still incorporating this style. Rather than filling your website to the brim with pictures, graphics, content, and more, choose the most important aspects to include and incorporate some white space.
Remember, minimalism doesn’t have to be boring. You can use fun fonts, bright colors, and pictures. Just don’t overload your website visitors with too much information in one space.
Providence Church Coatesville does this well. They pick the most important content (their mission and vision) and then leave plenty of white space to avoid making the site cluttered. However, they still include a bright red font for a pop of color and share a photo of their congregation to make it more personal.
The right font can tie your whole website design together. Many churches are diving into typography to find fun, eye-catching fonts that make website visitors want to read more.
If you and your church want to try out this trend, don’t be afraid to choose uncommon fonts or to pair more than one font together. Get creative and try out all your options!
First Baptist Church Oxford’s website plays around with fonts in their ministries section. They combine different fonts, colors, and sizes in their written content. This adds variety to your website and can make it look more aesthetically pleasing.
You can make simple combinations like they did on this website, or, if you’re feeling bold, you can experiment with more striking fonts (like cursive) and other eye-catching details.
Designing with Mobile in Mind
Many churches are advancing technologically and designing their websites to be responsive on mobile devices as well as just desktop. This is a trend that can benefit many web users.
According to Statista, as of mid 2022, the percentage of website traffic from mobile visitors falls at 58.99%. This means that it’s very likely someone will visit your church’s website from a mobile device like a phone or tablet.
No matter what device someone uses to view your website, you want them to have a great experience. You want your website to be laid out well and work properly for all users.
Grove Hill Church’s website is a good example of a site that performs well on mobile devices. As you can see in the image below, their mobile site is well designed and has proper spacing.
This last church website trend is more about being practical and useful than just aesthetically pleasing. Many churches have begun including registration forms on their website.
Whether it’s event registration, permission slips for youth trips, or other sign-ups, this is a great way to keep your forms organized. Instead of printing out and distributing forms to your congregation, you can direct your members to your website. And all the responses will be kept in one place!
You can see an example of this on Encounter Life Church’s website. They have online registration for their church’s community groups.
If these church website trends have inspired you to remodel your website (or finally begin building one!), you’re in the right place. Our team at Yemba is more than happy to design and build the perfect website for your congregation.
Take a look at our website design services for churches, and let us know how we can help. Fill out our contact form, and we’ll be in touch about your project. We can’t wait for the opportunity to serve you!
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