What happens if you get to the point in your church plant or relaunch and you know you need to build a church website but you really don’t have the funds for it? There are affordable ecommerce web design packages out there! Please see my other article on this site and my Hub page. What’s better than affordable? How about free?! Are there free church websites out there? The good news is that there are and I am going to give you a review of who does what and how much for free. The ones that I’ve looked at will build the site for free as long as you’re a church or do some kind of ministry. You just have to pay for the domain and any fees. Read along to know what you can get for free!
The top site to take a glance at is 2mites. This will be a wonderful place to build your church website for free. Here is what he claims:
Is it really free? Yes, the only costs to you are the unavoidable fees. These are registering the domain name and purchasing the hosting for the account. The design and implementation don’t cost anything.
Well then, how much is the hosting and the domain registration?
The hosting is $6 a month (paid in a 2 or 3 year block).
The domain registration is $10 a year (paid in a 1 to 5 year block).
So what about the parts of our site that need updating?
If your site has information that needs updated on a regular basis, such as a calendar or downloadable sermons, we can help with that as well. The monthly fee to keep the site updated is $50.
How do we get started?
All you have to do is contact me and let me know you want a site. From there we will start building your site to your specifications.
How do you do it?
First and foremost it is important to mention that we do not use any templates or frameworks. We build your site from scratch, to your exact specifications.
Also check out Free Church Websites. They claim mostly the same things, that the fees are all you have to pay for. The design work and the development don’t cost anything. Here is what they claim on their site:
Yes, the only costs to you are the unavoidable fees. These are registering the domain name (about $12 per year) and purchasing the website hosting ($20 per month through FreeChurchWebsites.com). The design and development don’t cost anything.
Finally Check out Share Faith. They don’t design anything custom for you instead you can brows their templets and then you can build your site from there. They claim:
You have an all in one outreach tool in the palm of your hand.
• Includes 58,000 Religious graphics/media library.
• World-Class Support: Live-chat, phone or email.
• Drag-and-drop easy and instant updating.
• Unlimited pages, customization, designs and templates.
• One-of-a-kind Sidekick Web-editor. No coding!
• Updated seasonal web graphics for relevant outreach.
• Comes with a blog, podcasting, calendar, tithing, gallery, video, audio.
• Thousands of free plugins for nearly any feature you can imagine.
• Connect with social outreach, – Twitter, Facebook, Google+
24GB Storage (more than you need) + unlimited email accounts.
All of these seems great for building your free church website. It all comes down to preference and how much work you want or are willing to do yourself to get a free church website.