Update: Deluxe Suite Website & Database

A few minor fixes will be applied overnight to resolve a few bugs that were reported after the major release last week. The fixes will resolve an issue with selecting available page designs in Website, and a modification to web forms in Database to provide more details around payments in the automated emails.

As always if you are having any issues, please contact our support team immediately.

Just Released: Responsive User Portal

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Elexio is proud to announce the release of the new responsive user portal. The updated responsive interface is available for free as part of the Elexio Deluxe Suite (formerly Elexio Database). New features include:

  • Updated colors and styles
  • Dynamically adjusts on any device
  • Easily add family members
  • New filters & search for the online directory
  • Giving history & pledges now available

The portal features the same great tried and true features like:

  • Integrated online giving included with Deluxe Suite
  • User-editable member profiles
  • Small group search tools, notes, and other resources
  • Event registration & payment

If your church is using Deluxe Suite and has not yet experienced the benefits of the online portal, take a look at portal resources in our help center designed to make it easy for your church launch the responsive online portal, and be sure to take a look through our online help center for how to add the portal to your church website.

5 Tips And Tools Every Community Pastor Should Know

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In a 2015 blog report by Google it was reported that internet searches via mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) have now surpassed desktop access. This
may seem like a foregone conclusion in today’s culture, but this means everything to those of you attempting to reach your community.

As a community pastor, the majority of your focus lies outside the proverbial four walls and your method of connection means everything. Whether it’s equipping your home group leaders or encouraging your congregants to engage, having the right tools will either make or break your volunteer and constituent experience. Here are 5 ways that you can ensure you’re connected with your people:

1. Adoption is everything

You can have every powerful product in the market, but if user’s find the experience cumbersome, it should come as no surprise that they won’t use it.
The best experience is leaning on modern web-based portal solutions that recognize the user through authorized access, even linking to their social accounts. But if you consider the earlier stat on how people access, browser-based access isn’t enough and mobile responsive access will contribute to a much higher use (or adoption) rate when there’s no more pinch and swipe to get to where they need to go.

2. Give the power to the people

If the expectation of real time information of all your congregants is left to you or a select few staff or super volunteers, you run a significant risk of information
growing stale and an even lower likelihood of contribution by your congregants. Providing a portal that allows each individual to manage their own information,
including household, contribution statements, group involvement, and more, engages and empowers your congregants. And since it’s behind authorization
you can project confidence to your congregation. Win/Win.

3. Knowledge is power

It’s no secret. Events are challenging to pull off, but it’s almost impossible when you don’t know how many will be in attendance. A portal designed to deliver the
right event to the targeted individual ensures that you’ve got a true gauge of what events are connecting with your community. And when you’re equipped with an
intuitive platform, you eliminate the struggles of a cluttered calendar filled with past due events.

4. Foster generosity

Generosity comes in several forms. One definition could imply generosity of time. If that’s the case, providing your volunteer leaders (small group, home group,
etc.) with a platform to facilitate small group management eases the burden of management and instead, keeps the focus on ministry. If generosity is in the way of financial, provide a way for your congregants to give generously through online tools found in the very same portal. But donations aren’t enough, these same tools should provide a way for those congregants to see their contributions – including pledge status – without having to interrupt your front office folks.

5. Upload resources

Today’s technology can mean the sharing of information and files is very fragmented. With the ability to append notes and curriculum excerpts to a small group, you can ensure that your small group leaders are resourced with the necessary contents for their upcoming sessions in an easy to access location.

And speaking of resources, using small group finder included within your mobile responsive portal leaves no question of what small groups are still open to new attendees, who’s leading them, and where they are hosted in proximity to a community member’s location.

Community pastors struggle to find ways to form, communicate, and equip home groups. Find the platform, like the Elexio Deluxe Suite ChMS, to manage these critical points of engagement.

How does your church use mobile technology to reach your community?

4 Tips To Help Prepare For VBS In 2016

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Well brothers and sisters it’s that time of year again! Summer is just around the corner and that means Vacation Bible School (VBS) is upon us. We’re adding some new planning tips and strategies to consider this year, as we have done with the past VBS planning posts, which will help make your VBS go smoothly!

Here are a few tips to help you prepare:

Prayerfully Consider Your Teams, Theme, & Timelines (6-12 months out)

As any church event should begin, start with prayer. Prayerfully consider your VBS program director and leaders, then select the best candidate that God has inspired for your church. Work with the new director to pull together a team of dedicated leaders and pray for them.

Once your team is ready you can choose a VBS curriculum and order a starter kit. Most publishers run sales on their kits starting early in the first quarter, and Christian bookstores like Lifeway often have the kits on hand so you can look through to help make a choice.

When your VBS kit arrives, you can get down to the real planning, such as recruitment, training, and requesting donations of money and supplies.

Recruiting & Registration (3-6 months out)

Finding dynamic, kid-friendly personalities can be a challenge. It’s also one of the reasons that the kids get used to seeing a lot of the same faces each year. Keep in mind that it’s always important to try and bring new volunteers into the fold, not only to avoid burnout, but often to reveal undiscovered spiritual gifts.

At this point, you should have a curriculum mapped out including supplies needed for each day & event, as well as how many volunteers you’ll need for each station. Communicating with the leadership of the church regarding any budgetary needs is also very important during this time.

Fundraising through events like trivia nights, silent auctions, and church meals is a great way to raise money for the program to cover costs that might exceed your church’s budgetary limitations. At our church we hold a trivia night and silent auction at the same time, where the questions relate to the theme of the VBS program. We register teams from the church members who then compete that night for an actual trophy that is displayed throughout the year in a common area of the church. This year we’re using Group Publishing’s Cave Quest theme, so all of the questions will relate to caves in some way based on Trivial Pursuit style categories.

Promoting the VBS program and keeping the community and the congregation in the loop is incredibly important. Churches vary on whether or not to charge for Vacation Bible School programs, so be sure to make your position clear from the beginning as it can help with fundraising.

Don’t forget to start allowing families to register their children around 3 months out. Today’s busy families start mapping out their summer plans in the spring, so be sure to allow registration – and make it easy! Consider using a system like Elexio Deluxe Suite or Essentials Giving that enable online event registration for programs like VBS. These systems can even process payments, if needed.

 

Training, Promotions, & Production (0-3 months out)

Don’t wait until the last minute on any of these. With the latest changes to law, at least where I’m at in Pennsylvania, requirements on volunteers for background checks and training are time-intensive and involved for whomever is coordinating VBS.

Elexio’s integrated background check system can help reduce some of that workload, but you definitely don’t want to take this to the last minute. Finding volunteers can be a challenge for many churches.

Training is important, too. Not only can you begin to identify a volunteer’s strengths and weaknesses, training will help both of you identify the best station or place for that volunteer to help. Many programs offer training materials, but churches can and should also include their own guidelines that are required by both state and federal laws, as well as any additional requirements from within your own denominations.

Pre-registration should be well underway at this point, and you should be able to start building group rosters and assigning volunteers.

Depending on how involved your decorations will be, 3 months before launch can be a good time to start assessing your needs for decorations and any sets. Last year, we ran Group’s “Everest” program and we started planning and buying materials around 3 months out. Within 2 months of our program we began building our set pieces, like small mountains, holding routine set building days for a few hours each Saturday.

Finals & Follow-Up (Last few weeks & Program)

During the last few weeks you should be pretty much ready, just putting the finishing touches on training, set building and decorations, or any last minute volunteer recruitment.

The last week before is always a rush. Many decorations and set pieces cannot move into place until the day you launch the program, and many times our volunteers are turning in clearances and paperwork at the last second. That doesn’t even take into consideration the mass of registrations that will all happen the “day of”.

For these reasons, we recommend scheduling a time of group prayer before you enter into the fray and welcome all of those young souls into your fold.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Ensuring that you have the right tools will make VBS planning easier. Elexio offers the tools needed to track incredibly useful information, like:

  • Who have been our key donors?
  • Who has the spiritual gifts appropriate for this kind of ministry?
  • Who has volunteered in the past?
  • Who has registered in the past?
  • How much have we spent before, and on what?

Even better, when you can pre-register families through a web form and even take payment, you’ve effectively reduced the workload of your registration volunteers.

Take a closer look at Elexio church software solutions today and you’ll find out how you can focus on your ministry, not the management.

NEW: Elexio Financials

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Elexio is now proudly offering Elexio Financials, a web-based church accounting software package. Financials can be accessed from any computer as well as mobile devices, and is incredibly easy to use.

Church Accounting Software Just Got Real

Created specifically for the needs of churches, Elexio Church Accounting Software was designed to manage church accounting simply and powerfully. Fulfilling the needs of your financial committee and providing scaleable add-ons to create the financial and accounting software package that works for you is easy with this cloud-based software solution.

Learn more about Elexio Financials church accounting software here, watch the overview video, and don’t forget to sign up for a webinar!

 

Elexio Launches Essentials Suite Of Church Software

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Elexio is proud to announce the new Essentials Suite, featuring two new products in the Elexio lineup: Essentials Community and Essentials Giving.

Essentials Community

Community is a new a-la-carte, web-based church management software package that enables churches of any size to manage their church from any device. The Community ChMS was developed to serve the churches that want to ramp up quickly by taking our out of the box solution and begin managing and engaging members immediately.

Learn more about this new church management software (ChMS).

Essentials Giving

Giving, another a-la-carte piece of the Essentials Suite,  is a standalone online giving solution for churches. The Essentials Suite Giving tool empowers churches to leverage technology that can increase giving and make it easy for church goers to give from any device, anywhere, at any time.

Learn more about this new online giving tool.

Not Done Yet

Elexio will be adding more products in the near future, both to the Essentials Suite and some new standalone products. Subscribe to the Elexio Insider Intel newsletter, or follow our blog for coming announcements.

ELEXICON Orlando: April 19 & 20

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Event Information

Are you new to Elexio? Has your church just hired staff that need to learn the basics? Or perhaps you’ve been using the Elexio Database software for years and you want to take your implementation to the next level.

Regardless of your starting point, ELEXICON Regional Orlando, is a hands-on training event that will benefit you and your ministry. Join us on April 19th – 20th at Church in the Son in Orlando, FL. Beyond the instruction provided by our team of experts, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with other churches.

This multi-level education event will enable you to:

  • Enter, manage, and use people data
  • Send mass emails, texts, and letters from the Elexio Database
  • Create automated follow-up triggers
  • Create and manage events with the Elexio event wizard
  • Operate Elexio Check-in
  • Collect and use data with Elexio web forms
  • Enter and report contribution data
  • Connect to and utilize data via Elexio Mobile and Portal
  • Customize reports
  • Manage duplication

With two content tracks, this training event is designed for novice to advanced level users. We anticipate attendee variations in skills and knowledge within each track, so we’ll employ a variety of training methods to ensure all attendees can move at a pace that’s best for them. We look forward to seeing you at ELEXICON Regional – Orlando.

To see the schedule and register

CLICK HERE

5 SEO Mistakes You Should Avoid With Your Church Website

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So last time I talked about 5 tips that you shouldn’t miss out on that would help your church website SEO. I’ve been spending a little time working on SEO audits lately, and I wanted to address a few common mistakes that I found. The thing is that these mistakes, while common, were actually gaping holes in SEO.

Here we go:

5. Duplicate and Low content pages

It’s easy to fall into a pattern where we just create a page for every little thing. Google actually doesn’t like that. In fact, a bunch of low content pages will actually serve to frustrate and confuse the Google crawler, especially now that it’s focused on context and content.

To avoid this pitfall, look for opportunities to better organize your content into categories, then build related items into the same page. Of course you should show Google some sections in that page by using H2-H6 tags, but more related content means better recognition of your information.

Don’t get me wrong, you don’t want mile-long pages. Look for things like contact information, location, service times and directions. All of those things can work well together on a page, and will work better than 4 short, disparate pages.

Also, avoid pages that repeat the same information. It can be a strong temptation to just copy and paste some content that you’ve written for another page, but I guarantee that Google will see it and you can and will be penalized. Better to just slightly rewrite the content and use it with slightly different keywords.

4. Duplicate meta descriptions and titles

This is a surprisingly common mistake. It can be excruciatingly BORING to write page titles and descriptions for each page on your site. It becomes less boring when you understand how they work and why you need them to be unique for every page.

Duplicate titles are bad. Google really doesn’t like them. Beyond the page URI information, the page title is one of the first things that Google sees that tells the crawler what to expect on the page. When every page has the same title…well…the Google gets annoyed with you and rewards you with a nice fat duplicate title penalty.

Duplicate descriptions are almost as bad. Back in the day (like 3 years ago) Google still looked at the description for keyword content. It doesn’t anymore. That means that if you have a description that reads something like, “First Church of Anytown, USA is the bestest bestest church in Anytown USA with childrens programs, great music, and sermons and messages that are the bestest.”

You get the idea.

If all of those pages are completely loaded with keywords and have no contextual value, you will be penalized – even more if they are all the same. You see, the purpose of the meta description is to get someone to actually want to read your page content when it comes up in Google SERP.

Therefore, a good description for a page about service information (limited to 156 characters) might be, “Get the information you need about church service times and directions for Our Church in Anytown, USA.” Here’s why: when someone uses keywords like “service times” and “Our Church” in Google, your site should be the first result. If you’ve used “Service Times” and “Our Church” in both the page title AND description Google will actually BOLD those keywords when it displays your page information in SERP to make it very obvious to the searcher that you are likely to be the best answer.

3. Broken Links

Don’t let these happen. With a good church CMS, like Elexio Website, it’s easy to fix 404 issues and get people to the pages and information that they want. Using tools like Google Search Console and Google Analytics on your site properly will give you more information about what pages are broken and might be sending people away.

There’s no excuse for the webmaster who allows someone to stumble onto a 404 error. Not with the free tools that are available. Those tools include:

  • Moz or SEMRush
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Search Console (formerly Webmaster Tools)

There are more, but those are where you can start to easily locate problems and get them fixed.

2. Answering on more than one domain

You may not know what this means, and that’s ok. If you’re able to type in “mywebsite.com” and “www.mywebsite.com” and the URL doesn’t change from one to the other then you might have this problem. A properly configured site should forward from “mywebsite.com” to “www.mywebsite.com” or vice versa.

Here’s why: Google REALLY doesn’t like duplicate content, and as far as their crawler is concerned, each domain is a separate website. However, when they see two sites with exactly the same information they penalize both. This was an old blackhat SEO trick for building a backlink profile and increasing search rank.

Your web provider should be able to help you with this – it’s a standard practice at Elexio.

1. Broken or missing robots.txt and sitemap.xml files

You’ve possibly never even heard of these files, which is a shame because these are the files that literally tell Google and every other search engine about every page on your site, if they should even look at them, and how it’s all organized. Make sure that you have them, and that they are working.

Once again, there are free tools to help you build these. A proper website CMS, like Elexio Website, generates these automatically as pages are added. Also, make sure they are saved in the proper format, and that the robots.txt file references the sitemap location properly.

Getting your church SEO done right

Fixing these simple mistakes can make a massive difference in where your church website appears in search. While all the other churches aren’t aware that they have these issues, your search results can be flying to the top.

Once again, using the right tools can make all of this stuff either automatic or easy to fix. Look at quality church website CMS systems, like Elexio’s website solution.

If you’ve got some more questions about how this works, feel free to contact Elexio. Plus, we’ve got a bunch of great SEO tips in our online help center.

Whiteboard: The Moses Method For Choosing Church Management Software – Part 2

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In part 2 of this whiteboard session, Rodney provides the final steps of using the Moses Method to choose the best church management software.

Video Transcription:

Hi. Welcome to an Elexio Whiteboard. This is Part 2 of our discussion about the Moses Method, inspired by the story in Numbers 13, where Moses sends out scouts into the Promised Land to determine what it’s all about. We use that as our inspiration for guidance on selecting new church management software, sometimes called your church database.

In our last session, we looked at trying to arrive at Moses-level clarity on whether or not you need software or not. It can’t be wishy-washy. You need to be very clear because challenges will come up. And if you’re not clear and feel strongly that this is the right pathway for the church, it will falter at some point. You’ll have nothing to fall back on, so try to arrive at some level of Moses-level clarity.

The second thing we talked about in our first session is getting or at least setting yourself up to get 12/4 buy-in. Moses selected one representative from each tribe of Israel. I think one of the reasons was to make sure he gets buy-in from everybody on this big task, even though it was a God-ordained task. Because he was Moses, he had complete clarity on what he needed to do, but he still, I think, needed buy-in.

You can do the same thing in setting up your software search by gathering a group of three to six, let’s call them scouts, who will not only represent their own interests, as it relates to what the new software will do, but then also an assigned group of other users that they will represent and really, truly represent them, setting aside even sometimes what their own needs are for the good of everybody they represent.

Okay, that’s a review of the first two phases of the Moses Method. This side of the board really starts talking about once your software search really starts. That is, again, a fair amount of reading, talking, and watching. Mostly what you’ll end up doing is listening to salespeople from the software companies do presentations, do demonstrations. This will help you through that process.

This Phase 3 is the Milk, Honey, and Giants phase. Now that may sound familiar, of course. The report that Moses got back about Canaan was that it was a land flowing with milk and honey, but it also had some strong and powerful men, even some giants that lived there. That was the report. And I would suggest you are going to see some of the same types of things surfacing, the same types of reports surfacing, as your scouts are reporting back what they’re finding.

Here’s what I mean. Let’s get specific. Your scouts may fall into. . .and I will call it a trap, although it’s not the worst thing in the world, but they may fall into a trap of becoming milk men. Now that doesn’t mean it can’t be a woman. It could be anybody. But we’ll use the phrase milk men. Now milk, of course, is a great thing. We all, when we start life, milk is our source of nutrients. But eventually we move on from milk and get nutrients from lots of different places.

Milk men, in your software search, are going to be the people that are tending to look back and think about basic things. They may be overly concerned with what screens look like, where certain fields are placed. They may be concerned about the order in which things are done. Rather than looking at big picture, they’re tending to focus on small things. And a big indicator of somebody, one of your scouts, falling into an overly milk-mannish mode is that they may say something like, “Well, our old software didn’t do it that way” or any type of comparison to the way things were done before.

Now remember, as we said, we all grow out of having milk be the only thing that we gain sustenance from. In the same way, your church, if you’ve gotten Moses-level clarity that you need a new church software, it’s probably that you’ve outgrown your old software. You need to move on, and if some of your scouts are too focused on the basics. . . Now not that basics aren’t important, don’t hear me say that, but an over-focus on comparing, “Well, this software doesn’t work like the old one does.” Well, of course, it doesn’t, and you may need something that doesn’t work like the old one did. But it is a challenge, and it is a trap that your scouts can fall into. The thing to do is not to completely disregard it. Of course, those are valid things to be concerned about, but just be aware of it. It will help you keep focused in the software selection.

Okay, let’s move on. Honey drippers. If these were milk men, these next people or your scouts may become honey drippers. Now what do I mean there? They’re really the exact opposite of milk men. If milk men are looking back too much and too focused on the basics, your honey drippers have become enamored with some new thing, some sweet, new technology that they are seeing. It could be a feature that they see in this one software. It could be a technology that that one software uses.

And the reason I say that they are honey drippers, it’s not only do they become enamored with this new feature, but they’re going to drip that to everybody else. And they’ll drip it so much that it becomes something that’s a must-have, rather than just a nice-to-have. Again, not that it’s wrong. Seeing the honey, the sweet new features, that’s probably what it’s all about. That’s some of what the Moses-level clarity was all about.

But if we get too focused on something that’s too narrow and doesn’t benefit everybody for 12/4 buy-in, it can be problematic, if the honey drippers have too much voice. It’s really about balance. Gaining balance between looking back, looking at the basics, looking at new things, arriving at balance really helps manage this process in making a wise decision that has 12/4-level buy-in. Okay.

There’s another part here. It’s managing milk men, honey drippers, and also giants. Now giants are something that affects everybody. Once you go through this process, you’ve looked at a lot of demos, you may be even narrowing down to the software you think is the right fit, then caution starts to come in. How are we going to get our data into this new system? How will we ever learn all these new features? What kind of training is there out there? A number of questions. Did we research enough? Is it worth the money?

Those questions start coming in and they grow to the point that they become so daunting to think about that it could put a halt to the whole search process, and maybe it short circuits everything and we no longer are moving along with that Moses-level clarity, seeking buy-in, keeping everybody in balance, but now we’re facing these giants. So my suggestion for dealing with giants is two-fold. One is, what I’ve already pointed to, which is. . . That’s why I said in the first session, you need to get, some group of leaders, needs to get to Moses-level clarity because that will help you when you face the giants and those challenging thoughts.

The second part is on your software vendor though. If you’re seeing a feature set that you think is going to get the right buy-in and makes both of these people happy, that vendor needs to be able to help you get over some of the concerns and the giants that face you. You need to ask them about their implementation services. What’s available to help us get from point A to point B? What training is available? And the important question: does it cost? What costs? What doesn’t cost? And let me talk to somebody who’s used those services and is now successful. Managing giants will be just a vital part of the Moses Method of getting and making a successful software selection.

Okay, let’s move on. The final phase of the Moses Method is right here. You’ve just got to do it. You just have to make a decision. You’re taking into everything that’s lead up to it. You’re here on this side. This is where you are now. You have gotten Moses-level clarity. You’ve gotten a scout team together. You’ve managed this whole process. You think you know what the right decision is. And if this process goes well, this chasm between where you are now and where you want to be. . . This is where you want to be. You want to be over there. . . If you manage this process well, this chasm gets smaller and smaller and smaller. But ultimately, the chasm will not go away, and you’re going to have to take a leap to go from where you are now to over there, just having faith that here, here, and here helps you make the right decision. But ultimately, it’s just a seize it and do it.

Now one thing that will happen is probably what happened to Moses. When the time came, “Hey, we’re going to go into the Promised Land,” there were people who said, “Oh, but what about the giants? We were better off back in Egypt.” Moses dealt with that often, the lamenters, people who fought back and lamented, “Ah, this is too much work. It’s not going to work. We should just stay where we are.”

Going to say this. Please take it with a grain of salt in the realm of what I’m saying. You just have to kill off the lamenters. You just have to let that lay out there and really just leave them behind. So if you’ve got lament going on, you’ve just got to leave it, make the leap. Just do it.

Well, that is the Moses Method for selecting new software. It’s actually applicable for probably any big decision that you might make. When you’ve got to make group decisions, it’s hard to do it. Somebody has to get some clarity on a need. You’ve got to get a team of people together to make the decision, you’ve got to manage that team, but ultimately somebody has to be the decision maker and just make the leap.

That’s the Moses Method. We thank you for watching an Elexio Whiteboard.

5 Tips For Church Website SEO

Push your church website to the top of Google SERP

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I’ve not written for the Elexio blog before, but I’d like you to get to know me a little. Before starting at Elexio I spent the last few years working at advertising agencies, running design studios and managing digital strategies for many clients, some of whom likely have a few products parked in your homes. Elexio was a boon for a worship pastor like me, looking for a place to work while offering a faith family and a common mission in the growth of the global church.

With that background in website information architecture, SEO that includes a deep understanding of the mechanisms of the many Google search algorithms, and a passion for the church I am providing a few basic tips for church SEO.

1. Know what people are searching for in your area

This may sound like a pretty simple thing, but we all make assumptions about our audiences and the challenge here is the assumptions. We don’t always know what interests people in a church, though we might assume that we do.
Using tools like Google Webmaster Tools, Google Trends, Google Analytics and others both paid and free can give you the insight that you need based on your own web traffic, as well as traffic to other church sites.

2. Effectively plan your information architecture

Nothing makes a website, sacred or secular, work better in Google SERP than the context of the information. Google no longer cares about keywords the way it once did. Your information must be well organized and well written. Google now analyzes keywords, nested information, internally and externally linked sites and pages, as well as what is actually written in the page to determine how relevant that page is to the end user’s search query.

3. Local SEO is important, even vital

Yes, there is a difference. It’s extremely important if you are a multi-site church. We have a large, multi-site church in the central Pennsylvania region who does an excellent job of optimizing their campus websites. Ensuring that your homepage, or the pages for your various campuses include a broad keyword like “church in my town” in the following areas:

  • Page title
  • Meta description
  • H1

You should also include the address of your facility. If you have created a local business page in Google Maps and verified your church, you should ensure that the NAP (name, address, and phone) on the webpage matches your church information exactly. Even a small difference can cause Google to give you a negative mark, rather than a lift.

4. Don’t overlook Schema

Schema.org is a site that most search engines have partnered with to assist with the categorization of information that appears in search. Categories such as events, news, blog posts, etc… can help Google more quickly identify and categorize your content.

Schema even includes location tags, making it incredibly easy for Google to recognize your address, phone, and even hours of operation.

5. Consider your platform carefully

Yes, what your website runs on under the hood is actually important. Elexio has spent years developing a church website CMS that makes SEO relatively simple and managing content extremely easy.

WordPress is another great option, but you should walk into that world with your eyes open. Cost of ownership is higher than free with WordPress. A bevy of plugins are all but required right out of the gate with WordPress, just to make it more SEO friendly and secure. Then, someone must be willing to manage updates to the system, the plugins, and of course the content. And finally, don’t forget about an event calendar. Right now, a really solid, low-cost, easy-to-manage event calendar system does not exist for WordPress.

Finding the right SEO solutions & answers

In closing, there are many best practices and tips to consider for SEO, but these 5 represent some common problems where church websites frequently suffer. Optimizing by organizing your information, providing context, and ensuring that people within your local area can find you.

If you are looking for a new church website platform take a look at ELEXIO WEBSITE. And don’t forget to take a look through our help site as we have a great selection of SEO tips and tricks hosted within.