When your account is created, a unique churchcenter.com URL is generated to host your groups, events, forms, online donations, and more. You can use the provided URL or choose your own in accounts, and then share your Church Center web pages with your congregation and guests.
You also have the option to use Publishing to set up Church Center web and app. With Publishing, you have the option to add additional custom pages, host live sermon streams, and create a library of videos from previous services.
For now, there are no theming controls for Church Center. We've intentionally kept the design of Church Center as neutral as possible (black text on a white page with blue links).
You can link to Church Center pages from your own church website or embed them, depending on the type of page.
When adding links to your church website, you can link directly to specific Church Center pages instead of linking straight to https://yoursubdomain.churchcenter.com. Add links to particular groups, events at a campus, a category of signups, or a specific donation fund to make it easier for people to find relevant information.
The following sections have some examples of Church Center pages that you can link to on other websites or share in email communication with your church.
Here are some examples of how those pages look on Church Center:
Here are a few examples of ways that you can link to the unique Church Center sites for your church:
On your church website, the Donate Now button can link to: https://yoursubdomain.churchcenter.com/giving
In your church calendar, you can link the Winter Camp event to: https://yoursubdomain.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/1345
On your page about small groups, you can link your Find a Group button to https://yoursubdomain.churchcenter.com/groups/small-groups
If an event or form is duplicated in Planning Center, the Church Center URL will change and you'll need to update the links on your website.
If you embed events, groups, the directory, or the main church calendar into your web pages, you might run into the issues shown in the sections below:
Church Center uses an encrypted TLS connection which may differ from your church's website. On event registrations that require payment, Church Center asks for credit card numbers and bank account information.
When these forms are framed by another website, some browsers raise security alerts to visitors, even if your church website is also SSL encrypted. It's not an impossible technical hurdle, but it means that this setup is more volatile as web browsers become increasingly proactive about protecting their users.
On mobile devices, where screen space is already limited, trying to cram the whole Groups or Registrations system into a smaller box with a fixed height makes it nearly unusable. As it's designed, Church Center is meant to work well on small-screen devices like phones and tablets.
To make matters worse, when operating in an iframe, the web browser's forward and back buttons usually don't work correctly. The "parent" website essentially hijacks the back button which can be maddening if you're two steps into your event registration process.
When a website is boxed in by an iframe, the URL (link) to that page isn't accessible to the visitor – only the parent page's URL is visible. This isn't a problem for simpler "widget" type things, like a Pinterest pin, or even a Facebook page comment. These elements exist as properties of that page, and visitors don't need or care about the URL of those small bits of functionality.
This isn't the case with, for example, a small group's group page or an event's registration page. People need those URLs to be able to share them, save them, or copy-and-paste them.