Church Pages Initiative – Mobile optimised websites for the modern Church
According to research from Compassion, around 6.02 million UK adults in the UK attend church on a regular basis. That’s about a 10th of the entire UK population so you’d expect Churches to run active websites and many do.
Walk into many Churches around the country and you may be thinking that the congregation will largely be made up of the older generation. That however isn’t true of many Churches and this means that they need to cater to the needs of a generation that grew up with an iPad in their hand and who are largely mobile consumers on the Internet.
Many Church websites are still running on older platforms and a large majority aren’t even mobile optimised. With over 70% of online searches now being made from mobile device, it’s essential that churches have an accessible mobile-friendly website to engage with their communities. This is what led iPages to set up the Church Pages initiative which seeks to equip churches to reach the next generation by providing mobile-friendly websites and comes with contribution-based hosting. It is their desire that cost is never a barrier to Churches having accessible websites.
iPages is a website platform that allows businesses to manage their online content, sales and contacts themselves. Their team of in-house designers and developers build and support countless clients with responsive websites. Because iPages wrote the code themselves the system is theirs to share which is how they’re able to give to Churches regardless of denomination or location.
We tend to think of the atypical Church as having been built in the 1800s (and many were), but the building doesn’t shape how Churches operate today and how they engage with their community. If your Church already has a modern mobile optimised website that’s great but if not, and you want to enter the age of mobile Internet, then Church Pages could be the perfect solution.
As a Christian charity we had help from Church Pages to set up our mobile optimised website. It was a brilliant experience. There were modern templates for us to choose from and help and advice at every stage. Since it went live we have been able to access help whenever we want it and they are always responsive and quick to help us. I can’t recommend this support enough. We part of a Church Pages family!
Church Pages created and maintain our Church website which we are very pleased with. The optimisation is extremely useful as we find an increasing number of people are viewing it on a variety of screen sizes, especially mobiles.
I think their whole approach to offering this has been excellent, and I wouldn’t post it unless I really felt that!
What has this got to do with selling on marketplaces?
churches and their connected charities can be major competition to antique and collectable sellers,
plus they are increasingly retailing new and imported goods in direct competition to regular retail business
they paid tamebay money, so now it’s article-worthy.
Darren, I thought it interesting… marketplace sellers have websites and interesting that Churches are catching up on technology.
James, don’t be silly, of course they didn’t 😀