Tech Help for Churches 140505 — 7 things to consider before using a proprietary web host

On today’s Tech Help for Churches, 7 things to consider before using a proprietary webhost

Whether it’s webs, weebly, E-zekiel, clover, or even SquareSpace, you need to consider some things that might sway your decision if you’re considering a proprietary webhost (one that uses their own Content Management System instead of one that can be installed on any server).

1. Content and design should be separate.
2. Export should be easy.
3. Design should be “lockable.”
4. There shouldn’t be page limits.
5. It should have a responsive design.
6. If it costs more, it should give you more. SquareSpace, for example, is created so that it’s hard to bring down with a lot of traffic.
7. Compare business-targeted to church-targeted solutions and see if you need the specialized church-targeted features.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Quest Community Church in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines.