Rate Your Church Website

I’ve been thinking a great deal lately on what makes a great church website.  I’ve seen some beautiful websites, gorgeous sites that are virtually non-functional and, on the other end of the spectrum, there are those content rich sites that are so densely packed with information they can only be used by experienced research librarians that don’t easily succumb to boredom and mental fatigue.  Critiquing those on the extremes of this spectrum is hard, but what about the majority of the websites that fall into the middle of the road?  Any rating mechanism is, of course, entirely subjective, however, a rating mechanism could help focus your site’s continuous improvement efforts.

Here at Catholic Tech Talk, we’ve come up with what we think is a simple, yet effective rating mechanism for your website.  If you’re interested in seeing how you’re doing, click on the attached form and take our simple test.  Its will take less than 10 minutes of your time and hopefully help you plan your next set of changes to your site.

Rating Form

Being a blog, feedback on this rating form is encouraged.  This is Version 1.0.  A little crowd-sourcing here will only help it get better!


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Author:Joe Luedtke

Joe Luedtke is LPi and is currently leading LPi’s efforts to move into the on-line world. Joe works for the world's largest and oldest social network, religion, and believes that this social network could benefit tremendously from the the proper use of Internet technologies.
  • Brad

    I really like this idea.  Not too long and gives clear points for planning.  Very nice.  

  • Mark Alves

    Great checklist. I like how you’ve streamlined the last question to ask if your church shows at the top of Google rather than getting into all of the important SEO factors that contribute. (Hmm, that would make another great checklist.)

    In the social spirit of the checklist, here’s an online version that calculates your score. http://bit.ly/yWPQ5g  It’s editable so everyone should feel free to improve it.

    Other important factors to consider could include: information on how to register with the parish is clearly indicated, and volunteer job openings are highlighted. From a behind the scenes perspective, asking whether a web analytics package is in place and whether the site has specific, measurable goals could also be helpful to know.

  • Joe Luedtke

    Mark, thanks for doing this.  I eventually want to get this into an online interactive form, but this is a great start!  thanks again.

  • David Niles

    We update our parish website a few times a week, but lists like this are very helpful in reminding us to look over everything now and then. I’m planning some updates this weekend after we scored a 170 on the rating sheet. Thanks much!

  • Fr. Cory Sticha

    One of the concerns I think many parishes have is 1) how to have an online presence; 2) what to put on the website; and 3) how to make it all look good. This checklist will definitely help to answer question 2. Thanks for posting it!

    My parish’s website scored 130. Not bad, but could use some improvement. I see a couple things I can do fairly quickly to improve that score. Any recommendations for a good and easy to set up WordPress mobile template?

  • http://catholicservant.com Craig Berry

    @google-d2c6fd8aa1e9f73a56f4ce327a91fb5d:disqus If you’ve already got a WordPress site setup, you can use this plugin:

    They’ve got a free version as well.

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  • cathobordeaux

    Hi, good idea ! It’s a good thing to find a list of many website of diocese in one list ! Here’s the one of Bordeaux (France) you could mention too :-)


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