Packed with useful features, our Website Builder makes it easy for anyone to create and maintain your church website.
For the last several years my office used another service for our web site. To me it was always clunky and less than fun to work with. For several months I had looked at several options for changing service but always was disappointed with the pricing or user interface. I recently received an email from Mark at Online Church Solutions. On a whim I clicked on the link. Boy, I'm glad I did!
Note: As of 2019, the Website Builder is available to new customers but is going through a complete ground-up rebuildwith new functions plus upgrades. Known as 3.0, it's currently in Beta Testing, with an anticipated launch of Summer 2020. Watch our blog and social media for latest updates.
Hand-coded by Mark, our owner, our easy-to-use Content Management System (CMS) gives you a quick and simple way for you to update your church or ministry website. Not only does he hold over 30 years of programming experience, his bivocational work as a church planter and pastor gives him a unique insight into church and ministry administration needs.
We were "In the Cloud" before it was cool, thanks to our podcasting service beginning in 2005. All of our services are available through the Internet only, so there's no need for you to install any programs on your computer. This also means that any computer that can access the internet (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.) can use our service.
If you currently have a domain name for your church (such as "www.YourChurchName.com") you keep it, and your new website with us will still use your domain name. We can help you with that transition, too.
You get a Responsive Website Template which is highly and easily customizable, so you'll stand out from the crowd. Responsive means that visitors to your website will have their experience automatically optimized based on whether they're on a computer or a tablet. Because we feel that the best look for your website on a smartphone is a Mobile Web App, it's also included in your website price.
Create as many pages on your website as you need. Our system is designed to grow and expand as you do. A "wysiwyg" editor (what you see is what you get) helps you build your pages exactly how you want them, and a tool for editing HTML is available for more advanced users. With a simple, intuitive interface, if you can use a word processor to do things such as Bold or Italicize text, you can use our system.
This feature clicks from the top of every page on your website, automatically creating a Map from your map location, a Contact section for phone, email and physical address, plus a third section that can be used for Service Times, a brief Welcome, or whatever information you'd like people to easily access.
You can assign one or more specific pages of your church or ministry website to be edited by another user with their own login. This means that you can give updating and creation capabilities to your volunteer leaders without giving them control of the entire website. This has been a highly requested feature, and we're glad to help you safely include others in the updating of your website.
Your website comes with an optional Splash Page, that beautiful image or few lines of text that pops up first on a website before the rest of it loads. They're making a comeback, and today's splash page doesn't mess up your SEO. So find a gorgeous, high resolution photo and make a great first impression.
Because your website is designed to grow and expand as you do, so is the Front Page of your website. Not only will you get a beautiful Banner Builder (see below), you can add sections, move sections around and determine how big or wide each one is. Color control and background options are available. Easily place an icon next to your Header Titles on your Front Page.
Need to create a banner for your website? No Photoshop? No problem! Our system provides you with a Banner Builder Creation Tool. It lets you:
Upload multiple images, then resize and position on banner
Change Color and Outline of Text and Shapes
Make Partial Transparencies (faded color)
Draw with Pencil and Line Tool
Our banner resizer and cropper tool means you get perfectly sized banner images every time, without them ever being stretched or skewed. If you still want to just upload a large image, crop it and add text to it, we also provide you with a Text to Banner Tool. You have six different banner display and size options, with unlimited banners and video within one banner option.
Menu building your navigation bar is made easy with our Drag and Drop Menu System, allowing three levels of menu items (parent/child/grandchild). Menu items can be linked to pages on your website or to external pages.
You don't have to maintain two sets of photo albums. Just use our plugins, and you can have your Facebook albums or Instagram feed appear on your website. Upload a photo on Facebook or Instagram = it shows up on your website, too. Want to share just the Youth Group’s photos on your OCS Website’s Youth Group page? Our system allows you to determine which Facebook album or Instagram feed shows on different pages on your church website. For example, you can place the Christmas Program Album on your Special Events page, or all the Women’s Ministry albums can be placed to show on the Women’s page.
We offer plugins to your website for Social Media. You have two Facebook options for your Front Page. You can either have a small Facebook "Like" box, like the one, or you can also include your Facebook Wall so people can see your posts. Have a Twitter account and want your recent tweets on your website? No problem, just fill in a couple fields, and you can have them on the front of your website, plus viewable on a sidebar.
Building a map couldn't be easier. Put in your address, choose an icon, and choose the page you want the map on. The rest is done by the software, helping you have a great tool for people looking for your church. Your map will also include Google Street View and an automatic "Directions" link. Custom map embedding is also available for those churches that have an address that Google Maps doesn't correctly locate.
Need a contact form? Need a VBS form? However many forms you may need, you can easily create them and choose where they appear. Your forms can include text fields, text areas, drop down lists, and even check boxes. You can even choose who receives the information when a user fills out a form, whether only one recipient or many. Redirect option can also be selected; upon form completion, your user can be redirected to your choice of link, such as PayPal for event registration payment or a page on your site with additional instructions. We automatically include a double layer of spam protection to each form or contact page you set up on your website.
Verse of the Day is available anywhere you want it to appear on your website. We offer a list of 151 Bible translations, many languages included. Use more than one translation on different pages of your website. RefTagger is a Bible Reference Tagger, when turned on, will automatically convert into mouseover popups plus a hyperlink to any Bible verse reference that you type anywhere on your website: your blog, webpages, sidebar, etc. In other words, our upgrade does the work for you, so all you have to do is type. 16 different Bible translations for you to choose. Try hovering your mouse over this: Psalm 121:1.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) fields are available on each page of your site so you can custom-tailor your meta description and keywords. Your XML Site Map is generated for you with our Online Church Solutions CMS, and it will even automatically update once each day should you make any changes to your website. If you use webmaster tools/analytics for Google or Yahoo/Bing (or any others), you may have noticed that they ask you to give them the link location of your Site Map. This is the XML file that search engines such as Google and Bing/Yahoo request that you submit to them to help the search engines easily find pages on your website. Track your website visitors (and find out how they found you) through your Google Analytics account using our easy plug-in.
You can setup a default sidebar for each page to use. Or you can create a custom sidebar for one or more pages, while the rest use the default sidebar. You can even choose to have a page be fullwidth with no sidebar at all. We also offer an easy plugin for your Twitter feed to appear in the sidebar.
Have you noticed on a web page or a blog post the set of buttons usually at the end that help you to share the information? Your OCS website can do that, too. To use the ShareThis plugin, you’ll need to create an account at http://www.sharethis.com/. Want to see how this looks on a site? Scroll down to the bottom of this page to check it out!
If you already upload video recordings of your sermon to services such as YouTube, Vimeo, Livestream, Ustream or any other video service that allows a video embed, you can use this new option to enhance your both your website and the Podcast Media Player (for podcasting clients). Just locate the Embed Code from your service and paste that code into the field. That’s it!
If you’re looking for absolutely free church design resources such as images, photos, motion videos and more, we offer a Resources Tab when you login to your website account. If you know some graphic design, we’ve even included sources for free Photoshop brushes, vectors and more.