Melos, a Simpler Alternative to Planning Center Websites
January 7 • 3 min read
Hello to the pastors, church staff members, or volunteers who want to help your church get a website! 👋
We understand that creating a church website can be a challenging task. You’re looking for a tool that’s easy to use, cost-effective, and specifically designed to meet the unique needs of a church. You may have come across Planning Center Websites, but have you considered Melos.Church?
Melos.Church vs Planning Center Websites: A Comparison
Both Planning Center Websites and Melos.Church are designed with churches in mind. Both have a free tier, while Melos is completely free. They offer some similar features, but while they may seem similar, there are key differences that make Melos.Church stand out.
Why Choose Melos.Church?
Here’s why Melos.Church could be the perfect fit for your church:
Melos.Church is designed to be user-friendly. You don’t need to be a tech wizard to create a beautiful website, because we have already thought of the best places to display your content on the page. All you need to do is follow the prompts, and you’ll have a website ready in no time. This simplicity can save you precious time.
We’re only focused on Church Websites: Other website builder platforms often try to do a lot of things at once, such as have a giving platform, a sermon platform, a ChMS platform, and more. Their focus is split, even if they’re working on great things. Melos is different. We just want to be the best, fastest and most helpful church website building tool for small to medium-sized churches. Because of that, we can move fast.
2. Time Cost-Effective
Planning Center Websites is free, starting at the base plan and goes up to $99/mo, which most small to medium-sized churches may not get to that price. And, Melos.Church is completely free.
What isn’t mentioned in the cost of Planning Center Websites is… time. It takes time and energy to make a church website, especially from scratch. While Planning Center offer the tooling to create a church website, it’s still a very manual process to drag and drop elements/widgets onto the page.
Melos.Church makes it easy to not have to worry about where to place the items on the page. We place them for you, so all you need to do is follow the prompts to fill in your church details.
3. Tailored for Churches
Melos.Church understands the unique needs of a church website. What churches need on their website isn’t the same things you’d find on Wix or SquareSpace builders. It’s not just a generic website builder, but a tool specifically designed for churches.
While Planning Center Websites is tailored for churches, it’s still similar to other website builders where it becomes hard to know what should go on the web page and where to put it. Melos abstracts the designer worries away, so that you can focus on the content.
4. Innovative Features
Melos.Church is constantly innovating, adding new features that can help your church engage with your congregation and community in new and exciting ways. And, since Melos is a small team, we are able to move fast and partner with you to make it even better.
But… did you know you can use Planning Center’s Giving platform inside of Melos?
You can use Planning Center’s Giving platform inside of Melos.Church. So, maybe you want to use Planning Center for their free Giving platform but you also want a free website? Consider using Melos with Planning Center’s Giving platform.
Planning Center is an amazing company with many products to empower and engage the Church. I highly respect them and am thankful for what they do. And, Michael M., if you’re reading this, you inspired my heart to build tools to empower the Church. Thank you.
Making the Switch
If you’re intrigued by what Melos.Church has to offer, why not give it a try? It’s free, easy to use, and designed specifically for churches. It could be the solution you’ve been looking for to save time and money.
We’re here to serve and support you in your mission. If you have any questions or need help making the switch, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re always here to help.
Remember, the goal is to find a tool that best meets your church’s needs, saves you time, and fits within your budget. Melos.Church could be just the solution you’ve been looking for.
*The Planning Center websites cost was referenced on January 7th, 2024 and may be different at the time of reading this.