Creating a Church Website
In the last few years one of my greatest joys has been working with our webmaster to develop this website. It has truly opened doors for us that we never dreamed of. Through our website we reach folks all over the world. What an incredible tool it is! So, we'd like you to have the joy of doing the same with your small business, church or ministry. Here are the basic tools you'll need to get started. Enjoy!
A web hosting company stores your website on its servers, which is then displayed when visitors arrive at your website. Web hosting comes in a variety of prices and with a variety of features. For our website, we use NewWebsite.com's hosting service. They offer great prices, plenty of features and helpful customer service. Our webmaster also recommends Host Gator's services. Both NewWebsite and Host Gator offer several different packages so that you can choose one that best meets your needs.
Domain Name Registration
A domain name is another name for your website address, in our case www.ccesonline.com. You'll need to reserve/purchase your domain name with an official registrar. There are a number of places you do this, including GoDaddy.com and Network Solutions. The domain name will need to be renewed once a year (unless you purchase more than 1 year at a time) or it will become available for someone else to purchase.
Random Verse Generator for Your Website
CCES is happy to provide a free random verse generator. This tool will display 1 of 300 different Bible verses each time someone visits your website. We provide the code, all you have to do is paste the code into your page wherever you want the verse to appear. It can even be customized to match the colors of your website. (Refresh this page to see the verse below change.)
Random Bible Verse:
Other Resources to Include on Your Website
In addition to the weekly devotionals we have created a number of other resources that you are free to display on your website for your visitors. All of the resources listed below are in PDF format to make it easy for you to add to your website and to make it easy for your visitors to view.
- Devotionals on Love (a collection of devotionals by Dr. Shorb)
- Devotionals on God's Protection and Provision (a collection of devotionals by Dr. Shorb)
- Critique of the Da Vinci Code
- Informational articles
Professional Copywriting Services
If you are unsure of how you can maximize the impact of the content on your website, professional copywriting services from Kathy Widenhouse can help. Kathy has a great deal of experience providing services to churches and ministries. Visit her website for more information on her services. Also, see Kathy's article Top Ten Web Site Tips.
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