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Can I Get a Free Website?

Written by Paul Steinbrueck

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can I get a free websiteHi folks, this month we’re providing a series of videos and blog posts covering Church Web Hosting FAQs.  In this video, I address the question, “Can I get a free website?”

While I address the question in more depth in the video, the bottom line is that, yes, you can get a free church website on some sites, including OurChurch.com.

***Note: I mentioned in the video free sites at OCC have ads, but that is no longer the case. Our free websites are now ad-free.

However, there are always trade-offs:

  • Some sites that offer free sites show ads on them.
  • Others show ads in the admin area or hit you with lots of email ads.
  • There’s no domain name included.
  • There are significant restrictions on the number of pages, amount of disk space, etc.

My perspective on free sites…

…is that having your own domain name and having a site free of distracting ads is absolutely critical to the success of your online efforts.  If you aren’t willing to pay $5-$10/mo for those things, what does that tell your website visitors about your commitment to the cause?

The only exception to that is if you and your organization are based in a developing country where you’re living on just a few dollars a day.  If that’s you, you are why we continue to offer free websites.

Bottom line…

We believe that every organization should be able to have a website, regardless of their financial situation.

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Paul Steinbrueck

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck.

3 Comments

    • Hi Portal, you're right, it does depend on what you expect from the site. Certainly there are occasions where a free site might be the best option.

      Generally speaking though, the ads, lack of a domain name, and other factors will limit the effectiveness of your site. My thinking is, if a person is willing to invest lots of time creating content for a site, why undermine all that effort to try to save a few bucks a month?

  • My Pastor initially wanted to have a free website. I told him that it is possible but I showed him this blog and he might change his mind and he also owns an electronic shop.

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