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Three Steps to Getting Your Church Online

Author: Jason Demetri



Many churches don't have websites simply because no one knows the process to obtain a website. They fear the unknown but today we will demystify website hosting and website design. I am going to make it very easy to understand with only three simple steps. Ok lets get started:

Step 1: First, you need a domain name. A domain name is like the street address for your house. It is where people find you online. There are many companies out there that you can purchase a domain name from. www.musiclanehosting.com is one and www.hosting.webdesignforministry.com is another. Using one of the companies above, you would click on the link to go to that company's web site. On their page you should see a search bar for domains. It will say something like "Start a Domain Name search" enter the desired name you want people to find you by: note this might take sometime if the name you want is already taken. Every name has an extension ".com, .org, .net, .cc, etc…" think of it like an area code except this is at the end instead of the beginning. Here is an example domain name: calvarychristian.org. Once you have created a domain name that you like and is not already taken purchase it.

Step 2: Next, you need to buy some property or as it is called online "hosting". Unlike house buying, where your address comes with the lot, on the web you purchase the address (domain name) and lot (hosting) separate from each other. You can purchase your lot (hosting) from a hosting company. Note: most domain name companies also sell hosting. Both companies above offer hosting. There are many factors that come into play when purchasing hosting but for first time buyers it is simple. Purchase the basic plan. Once you have purchased your hosting plan you need to associate your domain name to the hosting plan. Again most companies will walk you through this process while you are purchasing your hosting account. They will ask you something like do you have a domain name you want to associate this hosting account with. They then give you a drop down box to select any domain name you already have purchased. You just have to select the domain name from the drop down and finish the setup process for your hosting account. The two companies above offer 24/7-tech support so help is always just a phone call away.

Step 3: Finally, you need a house (website). Not all hosting and domain name companies offer website design so you might have to look elsewhere for a website designer or design company. www.webdesignforministry.com is a web design company that specializes in churches and ministries. Whatever company you go with should be able to upload all the files necessary so you don't have to worry about anything.

Conclusion: Well, that is it. Think of websites and the web as home building. Buy some property (get hosting), register an address (buy a domain name) and build a house (design a website). I think the hardest part in this process is building the website because it deals with artist abilities. Most hosting companies have free website builders but they tend to be very generic and template based. For my money I go with custom every time. It is unique and mine alone. There are no duplicates of it anywhere else on the web.

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About the Author

Jason Demetri is the owner of WebDesignForMinistry.com We are a Church Website Design company based out of Austin TX






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