8 Church WordPress Plugins To Improve Your Site

So many plugins…

If you’ve used WordPress for any length of time, you probably know that the most prominent feature of WordPress is its plugin library. WordPress has thousands of plugins. There’s a plugin for nearly anything you can imagine (even one that displays Good Good Father lyrics in the dashboard).

However, with over 56,733 plugins (that’s just the free ones on wordpress.org), it can be overwhelming. For example, if you search for “SEO” over 49 pages, yes pages, of plugins show up. Who could go through them all?

To make it easier on you and your church in this post, we are doing a roundup per se of plugins. We’ve scoured the WP repository and inter-webs for the top 8 Church WordPress plugins. Let’s get to it, 2020 style!

Sermon Manager

What would a church WP plugin list be without a sermon plugin? Sermon Manager is a full-featured sermon management plugin perfect for managing your church’s online sermons and content. It even has Divi modules and a developer API for custom mobile apps!

Sermon Manager In Use

Features

  • Embed Videos
  • iTunes Podcasting
  • Sermon Notes
  • Share On Social
  • Youtube and Vimeo
  • Downloadable Notes
  • Interactive Prayer Wall
  • Compatible With Most Themes
  • Developer API

Divi Page Builder

When it comes to page builders for churches, the Divi theme and builder take the cake. Divi has built-in church layouts and is easy for even novice web designers to build amazing sites. Divi integrates nicely with Sermon Manager Pro making it the next on our list. See our post about page builders here.

Features

  • Drag and Drop
  • Visual Editing
  • Easy Mobile Preview
  • Optional Custom CSS
  • Sermon Manager Pro Module
  • Responsive Editing
  • Global Theme Builder
  • Hundreds of Prebuilt Layouts
  • Active Church User Base

Bloom Email Opt-in

Bloom is included for free with a Divi subscription. Bloom is an easy to use lightweight email opt-in plugin perfect for growing your church email list. With Bloom, it’s easy to create inline opt-in forms (there’s one at the bottom of this page 😉) that doesn’t look like spam and match the rest of your site.

Features

  • Automatic Opt-In Pop-Up
  • Automatic Opt-In Fly-Ins
  • In-line Opt-In Forms
  • Below Content Opt-In Forms
  • Widget Area Opt-In Forms
  • Require Opt-In To Unlock Content (perfect for downloads, registration forms, or resources)
  • Smart Triggers
  • 19 Email Marketing Integrations

All in One SEO

It’s hard to rank your sites in search engines such as Google or Bing without an SEO plugin. I’ve found that All in One SEO checks all the marks and allows me to easily do what I need to do without getting in the way of my work. The free version is more than adequate for most smaller sites and allows you to grow in the future as needed.

Pairs great with Ubersuggest ($29/month). I use Ubersuggest to find keywords to use in All in One SEO. Unbersuggest shows you what keywords are easy/hard to rank for and how many people search for them. Keywords are great for driving traffic to your site that’s looking for a church in your area.

Features

  • On Page SEO Optimization
  • Schema Support
  • Google AMP
  • Automatic Search Engine Notification
  • Smart Sitemaps
  • Webmaster Tools Connect
  • Social Media Integration

Google Site Kit

For the longest time, you would have to copy and paste JavaScript and go back and forth between dashboards to use tools such as Google Search Console or Analytics. Now you can do it inside the WordPress dashboard. Google’s free Site Kit plugin allows you to easily add these services and more to your WordPress site and view data in your WP dashboard.

Site Kit Adds:

  • Search Console
  • Analytics
  • PageSpeed Insights
  • AdSense

Events Manager

For listing events on your church website, I recommend Events Manager. It’s not the most user-friendly plugin and will require some knowledge of CSS to style your event attractively, but it is extremely powerful.

Features

  • Event Registration
  • Recurring and Long (multi-day) Events
  • Add To Google Calendar Buttons
  • Paid Events via Stripe or PayPal
  • Extensive Shortcode System

301 Redirects

When changing page URLs or wanting to create short links, you need to be able to quickly and easily generate redirect links. When users visit pages that no longer exist and get a 404 error that hurts your SEO. 301 Redirects solves this by allowing you to create redirect links right in the WordPress dashboard.

Features

  • 301 or 302
  • Super-fast redirection
  • Redirect Stats
  • Import/Export Feature for Bulk Redirects Management

Two-Factor

Two-Factor adds two-factor authentication to your WordPress site. This is useful for keeping out hackers and unauthorized admin users. I use my Yubikey hardware authentication key to keep my sites secure. But Two-Factor also supports: Email codes, Time Based One-Time Passwords (TOTP), FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (U2F), Backup Codes

Features

  • 301 or 302
  • Super-fast redirection
  • Redirect Stats
  • Import/Export Feature for Bulk Redirects Management

There you have it, eight essential plugins for your church WordPress website!

Featured Image: @Mehaniq via Twenty20

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Mackenly Jones

Mackenly Jones

Founder of The Church Factory

I am the founder of The Church Factory and Tricities Media Group.

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