How to Build a Christian Website for Freeby Marie W
Do you have a Christian church or ministry that you want to share with others? Wouldn't it be nice to inform your congregation of upcoming events? Maybe you have Bible study tools you want to share. The Internet is a great way to share this information with your community and beyond. There are resources that allow you to create your Christian website quickly and for free, with no programming required.
How to Build a Christian Website for Free
Choose a free Christian website hosting company. There are a number of hosting companies that offer free website hosting for Christian websites. I like OurChurch.com for its professional-looking Web page templates and easy-to-use website builder application. Others that offer similar free Christian hosting services include Ministry Webs, Witness Today and MyChristianSite.com.
Choose a name for your website. This may be your church or ministry name or a short phrase that speaks to your testimony. If the name you desire has already been reserved by someone else, you may be able to add a dash between words or add a number at the end. Since you cannot change this name once you've registered your site, take your time and decide carefully.
Sign up with the hosting company and register your new website. Follow the instructions given by the hosting company you have chosen to register your new website and name.
Build your new Christian website. You can create your website with the website builder application your hosting company uses. You will be provided a wizard type of application that will walk you through the initial creation of your website.
Modify your new website to fit the needs of your readers. On the homepage, you will want to include the name of the church or ministry, the purpose or focus of the ministry, the location and meeting times (including any special events), and contact information for further questions. Additional pages on your site could include (but are not limited to) a detailed calendar of events, prayer requests, Bible study tools, history of the church or ministry and weekly announcements.
Update your website frequently. Ensuring that your ministry's website is current will make your readers confident this is the location to find current information and answers to questions. The needs of your viewers may change over time, and your website needs to be flexible enough to change to fill those needs.
- Most of the free website hosting companies will allow you to upgrade to a paying site for extra features or to remove banner ads.