Church Edit Timeline

We've been developing Church Edit since 2002 - here is a little timeline of our last 19 years.

 

2002

  • First code written for Church Edit by founder and Managing Director Kyle Cottington

2003

  • First website goes live and our Church Website software is officially launched

2004

  • Catalogue feature launched
  • We change the name to Church Edit from the not so catchy ‘Created Media Church Site’

2006

  • Kyle leaves employment to work on Church Edit full time
  • Our first free seminar is run on creating effective church websites

2008

  • We locate to the Blythe Valley Park in Solihull (where our offices are still based)

2009

  • Included social media integration within all pages

2010

  • We develop a locator using Google mapping technology
  • A new rota feature added to Church Edit

2011

  • A new drag and drop homepage builder is added to Church Edit

2012

  • Church Edit sponsor the website for the National Day of Prayer and Worship at Wembley Stadium
  • We move to a bigger office
  • Church Edit sponsor the website for the Neighbourhood Prayer Network

2013

  • Launch partnership with UCB, the UK’s largest Christian Media company
  • We love Chocolate so are pleased to create the website for the Real Easter Egg
  • Following an upgrade of our servers we double MP3 storage space for clients
  • Move to bigger offices to cater for future expansion
  • Our customer survey gives us a 100% customer satisfaction from respondents
  • We launch our Charity Website Builder based on the same software we developed for churches. We decided to call it Charity Edit!

2014

  • We reached a milestone as over 1,000 UK churches now use Church Edit
  • Church Edit acquires Church Administration Software iKnow Church
  • We make Church Edit even better value by reducing the basic price
  • A new video library feature is added to Church Edit

2015

  • A busy August as we take on 4 new staff as our team continues to grow
  • Launch website for Steve Hill Ministries in America 
  • Implement a new support system as we take on our first dedicated First Line Support
  • We add a new Customised Template design option for websites

2016

  • 2 new developers join the team during the year
  • We add a new Premium Design option for websites
  • Our offices are getting quite cosy - we are going to need to move again
  • We finish the year with most of our team going for Christmas Afternoon Tea 

2017

  • We move to larger offices that are 60% larger than our previous pad - still the same building we've been in since 2012

2018

  • With the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation we added a tool for recording consent for users added to a Church Edit website
  • Along with our sister product iKnow Church we held 14 GDPR for Churches seminars around the country providing clarity and information as churches prepared for the new Regulation

2019

  • Following 9 months of development we launched our brand new Global Office - a great new interface for updating your website
  • Our sister solution iKnow Church was choosen and launched the Life Events Diary
  • Church Edit was choosen as the website provider for 11 of the Church of England Dioceses
  • Due to the increase of churches using our software we expand our support team

2020

  • As COVID-19 brought the UK into Lock Down, our websites became busier than ever with us as people went to their local church website to watch the services being streamed from ministers lounges and kitchens across the nation. 
  • We started planning the new Design Builder module - a planning phase that lasted 6 months
  • We added an optional cookie notice tool in partnership with Civic UK
  • https/SSL Certificates are now free for all of our clients

2021

  • We started developing the Design Builder and over the course of 2021 had between 2 and 6 developers working on this major update full time.

2022

  • We launched the Design Builder - the biggest development we have ever added to Church Edit and the result of 18 months planning and development
  • We launched our new Referral Scheme giving churches a saving EVERY MONTH for each organisation they refer
  • Our sister product iKnow Church launched a new donations module, dramatically helping churches accept new ways of receiving donations
  • The 19th Church of England Diocese went live with its Church Edit powered website.
  • Following the devasting affect of COVID the last two years, Church Edit launches its Bounce Back Offer giving churches a monthly discount for 12 months
  • We launch Business Edit for businesses to sit alongside our Charity and School website software