In the modern era, even the church needs some exposure. Not all churches can afford to pay professional web designers hundreds or even thousands of dollars to create an interesting and informative website which is where Finalweb.com comes in. They claim that their website builder makes the process of creating a site easy, stress-free and affordable. Instead of creating a bland site that fails to drive traffic or excite visitors, Finalweb aims to create innovative pages which are filled with features and information.
Finalweb offer a 14 day free trial on all services. Although there is a signup fee for some packages, this is waived if you commit to 12 months of service. There are a host of different packages available:
- Rapid-1 E-store
- Standard hosting
- Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Church
It should be noted that if you are a member of one of Finalweb’s many partner associations, you will immediately be eligible for a 25% discount on the church or school packages. The Church/Ministry package is $40 a month with a $40 signup fee also added.
The Church/Ministry package includes free domain registration, a 50GB limit on monthly transfers and a 10GB online storage limit. You receive 40 email accounts, 5 distribution lists, free site statistics, high speed hosting, unlimited updates and much more.
One of the most important elements in any church website is having the ability to allow visitors to listen to or download sermons. Finalweb’s podcasting feature enables you to do just that. You can create a library of audio or even video sermons which will then immediately be made available for download on the site. A Finalweb-created site automatically creates the podcasting feeds with an integrated media player streaming MP3’s directly on to the web pages of your site.
Other important features include the calendar and event registration. With the calendar, you will be able to publish your church’s events online. Visitors will never have an excuse to miss a service again! Visitors will also be able to register for these events online with payment integration included as standard. You are even allowed to create sub-sites which can have different administrators and separate web addresses. You will essentially be increasing your web presence at no extra cost.
An accusation leveled at churches over the years is their inability to ‘keep with the times’. Thanks to Finalweb, this will never be the case when it comes to your church. This website builder allows you to create a second version of your site, specifically for mobile phone users. With more than 80 million smartphone users in the United States today, allowing visitors to view the site while on the move is a masterstroke. For added convenience, these mobile versions of the site are generated automatically.
There are few better church website builders on the market than Finalweb. Although the company focuses on a number of different businesses, it does not neglect to add every conceivable feature to its church website packages. If you are involved in a church and need to build a website, Finalweb should be one of your first ports of call.