A church website must reside on a fast server that is secure, hacker- and virus-proof, and is up 99.9% of the time. A web host rents out server space to customers for a nominal fee that is valid for a certain period. Hosting a church is considered a privilege for many hosting companies and therefore, they provide special rates for churches, charities and non-profit organizations.
Knowing about other successful entrepreneurs can help to keep you motivated, so read and learn about the successful men and women you admire. Don’t be afraid to learn from their mistakes and duplicate their success formulas.
If your budget is low and if you can manage the content yourself, then stick to the low-priced and highly-rated web hosts. These hosts allow you to equip your website with a wide range of tools that include blogging, email software, list management, opt in management, and more. The only disadvantage with these companies is that they may not know what a church website requires – but that is not such a big deal. However, you must go only with the best, so read customer reviews and talk to their customers before signing up.
After selecting your niche, do a search for ‘free host.’ There are hundreds of companies that offer this free service. Most companies that offer free hosting will place ads on your site. I did not see this as a serious problem because I too would be placing ads on my site. What difference does one more ad make? As an alternative, you can start out with a free blog. If you have no knowledge of html (a computer language used to make a website), you might be better off with a blog.
If you don’t have any experience with HTML, you can still set up a page. A number of hosts allow you to use templates and wizards to set up a simple page. Of course, for a really professional business page, you should always talk to a professional designer.
A perfect business should never cost you more than you can afford to put into it. In other words if you have to borrow money to start or build your business you are in the wrong one.
It would be in your interest to make sure that you have access to the number of visitors to your site and where they come from. If you buy a good package from a good hosting company this will probably be included in the software but you have to make sure about that. Anyone who wants to make money on the internet wants to draw traffic to their point of sale. The more traffic, the better and the more you know about the traffic, even better.