Christian churches and organizations often want to find a web host that will not only provide reliable service with the right features, but also share their values and understand their unique needs. Get your ministry online with a minimum of fuss.
Worthy of Praise
Worthy of Praise provides free web hosting and listing services for Christian churches. Other free services include email set-up, PHP content management for WordPress and Joomla sites, and secure encryption. You can also get a free subdomain, like churchname.worthyofpraise.org.
If you want to have a custom domain name, you will need to pay for that through any domain registrar. You can also register through their partner vendor Network Solutions. The cost is $30 for one year, $25/year for 2 to 4 years, $23/year for 5 to 8 years, and $20/year for 9 to 10 years. If you need help designing a site, the one-time design fee is $800. Support is available via phone and email.
The GraceNet bills itself as the "original Christian web host" with over 20 years of experience in the field. Pricing for hosting plans range from $4.95/month to $18.95/month. The four packages offer different levels of email accounts, data transfer limits, parked domains and subdomains.
Pricing includes anti-spam protection, plus support for WordPress and Joomla. Adding a store to your site costs an extra $9.95 per month. All hosting plans have no ads on the websites. Tech support is available via phone, email and a HelpDesk system. Design services for WordPress sites is charged at a rate of $40/hour, the same rate as an ongoing maintenance plan.
Grace Church Websites
Grace Church Websites provides free WordPress websites, domain registration, and web hosting to churches. They have created over 600 church and non-profit sites as of the end of 2016. To qualify, the footer of your site must include a link to their website and a "sponsored message" must also appear on your homepage with information about the services they offer. Technical support is provided by email, but changes and additions to content must be performed by the site owner.
Ministry Designs uses a drag-and-drop website builder and editor to create their sites. Interested churches can look at their design offerings and discuss with an adviser who will provide training on how to create the site using share screen technology. A video library with tutorial is also available.
Pricing for template sites is $1,000 to start, followed by a $20 monthly fee. Ministry Designs also will design custom sites with pricing based on your individual needs. Other services include search engine optimization, social media management, video creation and e-commerce for donations. Support is available via email and live chat.
ChurchSquare is a website builder like Wix or Squarespace. After the free trial period, hosting is $24.95/month and up, depending on the package that you choose. The most basic package includes forms, a page for donations, image galleries, a media library, marketing and the website builder.
If you need help with setting up your site, pre-designed sites start at $49.95 while completely custom designs start at $499. Sites are mobile-friendly and provide a payment gateway for taking donations. ChurchSquare does not charge a startup cost for this service, but a minimum of $10 a month in transaction fees is levied.
Witness Today also offers free web hosting to all Christian churches, ministries and fellow believers. The free service includes unlimited space and bandwidth, email set-up, streaming media, domain name registration and support for FrontPage, ASP.NET, ASP, PHP and Perl.
There are no ads or pop-ups of any kind on their websites. You are required to make your own site and upload it using FTP. Support is provided via email with a one-day turnaround time. You can also contact them regarding designing a site for you.
ITX Design provides hosting for Christian churches and was founded in 2001. Their hosting services start at $4.95/month with no set up fees. The basic package includes unlimited disk space and bandwidth, 3 subdomains, 5 parked domains, cPanel access, unlimited email accounts, shopping cart support, PHP support, and MySQL databases, among other options. The higher level packages are suitable for multiple sites and start at $7.95 and $11.95 per month. Hosting packages include 24/7 technical support, 365 days a year.
VPS hosting, dedicated servers, reseller hosting, and virtual servers are also offered, as well as specialty hosting for video, ecommerce, forums, and blogs. Add-ons for additional fees include SSL certificates, a virtual receptionist and WHOIS privacy. Use the provided website builder or create your own site in WordPress or Joomla.
TruePath offers a user-friendly, drag-and-drop website builder. You can also use other software, like WordPress, to build your site. TruePath has been providing its services since 1997. Technical support is available via live chat, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Pacific Standard Time. There is also an online support form for ticket requests.
The Genesis hosting package is $3.99/month for 24 months (or $5.99/month on a month-to-month basis) and includes the website builder, 5 GB of disk space, 10GB of monthly bandwidth, unlimited email, online backups, free set up and customer support. If you need more than that, the Complete or Power packages may be suitable. All plans include a 99.9% uptime and 30 day money back guarantee. Site transfers are free.
Choosing the Right Hosting for Your Church or Ministry
There are many factors to consider when choosing a reliable host. While you may be tempted by the free options, scrutinize the packages to ensure they include everything you need. Determine whether you are comfortable providing advertising for the host on your site or not, for instance. Good technical support also goes a long way.