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Hi 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.
We believe that every organization should be able to have a website, regardless of their financial situation.
Comment and Discuss…
- Do you have a free website? If so, what’s keeping you to upgrading to an inexpensive website with your own domain name?