Call for Entries: How to host your own web site

Matt Stauffer

There are many times when campus ministers could benefit from hosting our own web sites: campus group web sites, regional event web sites, personal fundraising web sites, blogs, and more. But where do you host? And how do you make a web site without knowing HTML?

This week we’ll be covering some of the places you can make your own web site for free, but we’d love to hear from you: What services have you used, and would you recommend them?

By Matt Stauffer | Posted: Apr 04, 2011
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  1. April 4, 2011, 10:09 am | Permalink

    I use a couple of sites, all built on Google Sites. It is really simple for me to update and to post Google Apps (e.g. calendar, youtube):
    > Fellowship site – ivslugs.com
    > Fellowship wiki (for calendar, files, etc. for staff and leaders)
    > FD Toolkit: https://sites.google.com/site/fdtoolkit/

    I have an external site for contact update (staffupdates.com). That is hosted by GoDaddy. I though I needed a non-Google Site to post a Salesforce form, but I don’t. I don’t really like dealing with GoDaddy and will probably switch it to a Google Site.

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  2. April 19, 2011, 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Some of our staff are trying out GCX2.

    It’s a long story, but basically this tool allows you to build a WordPress site with some extra features. And it’s fully hosted, maintained, patched, etc on the GCX platform.

    Create as many sites as you want for free.

    http://technology.ccci.org/tag/gcxv2/

    GCX – GlobalConneXion – is a platform built for missional people in global contexts to share resources via various applications that ‘plug in’ to the platform. Currently, WordPress MultiUser is the only open source web app which is ‘plugged in.’ You can join existing sites or create your own. All are accessible via Single Sign On (TheKey).

    See http://mygcx.org for more details on the platform.

    To manage your expectations a bit, this tool was just released last week and is still officially in Beta, although it’s fully supported.

    GCX2 could be a good option if you need a site for partial public access and some content for members only. Sites can also be made entirely private – members only – protected with full SSL encryption.

    The admin interface is WordPress – exactly what you find at WordPress.com – yet some extra features and extra plugins are available on GCX2 which aren’t available (for free) on WordPress.com:

    Other features:

    Easy to Modify CSS
    Full SSL Encryption
    Have your own Domain Name
    Prayer Center and Resource Center (unlimited file sharing) Standard on all Sites
    Groups and Member Management: Control Who Sees What
    Automatic Email Notifications of new content/activity on each site
    Translation Ready: Multiple Sites in Multiple Languages

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