What should a church website look like? Welcoming... attractive... tasteful... with a front page that draws people in... it should complement the church magazine, but shouldn't try to be a coffee-table publication.
So don't fill your front page with enormous pictures. Use some of the space to explain who and what you are. And don't, whatever else you do, have some preface screen with "Enter this site" on it. You're a church, not an advertising agency.
You will base your site around one or two template layouts. Consistency is important.
Don't be sidetracked into aesthetic 'innovations' at the expense of conveying information. Look at our Good Examples. Be imaginative within a conventional framework: unusual page layouts will just confuse people.
Although it is possible to use any font on a website, they are an extra overhead which can adversely affect the speed at which pages load, so unless you have some specific requirement, it's good to use common fonts which are easy to read, and are generally available on everyone's computer
Use page layouts which prevent over-long lines of text - they can be very hard to scan and take in.
Last updated: April 2017