[This post is a part of the Technology in Youth Ministry series]
If you are leading a youth ministry, you are likely also utilizing some form of web technologies as a way to communicate with parents and students about your ministry. Oftentimes student ministries choose to have their own websites apart from the main church website, which allows for some extra flexibility and freedom when it comes to posting new information, sharing media, and making it “youth friendly.” Building a website can be a daunting task; from working with FTP servers, writing html code, and all kinds of other tasks that will hurt your brain. There are countless services and options that are available to make this easier for you; the following describes one option that we use when we build our websites.
Hosting. In order for your website to exist on the internet you have to have somebody that is willing to host it. Or more accurately, you have to pay someone to be your host. Often when you register for your domain nomain, you will do this through a company that also offers some kind of hosting. My favorite option for youth ministry hosting is Dreamhost; dreamhost actually offers free hosting for non-profits.