Be sure to read the previous post about domain names.
One of the things that can get pretty confusing when it comes to church websites is “hosting.” Basically, hosting refers to a digital home for the guts of your website. This is where your files, images, sound files, etc., are stored. Think of the hosting service as your website’s house, and the domain as it’s mailing address.
When I first got into the web business, hosting was a major expense. There was no such thing as a cheap hosting provider, and there were no free hosting providers. There were services you could use that let you have a page on their website (I actually ran one of these), but not free hosting of your own site.
These days, there are tons of inexpensive hosting providers, but the quality and features they provide are extremely varied. There are also a few commercial hosting providers that give non-profit-organizations (NPOs) free hosting accounts. You have to apply for it and prove your NPO status, but once you do, it’s free.
You can google or bing “free church website hosting” and you’ll find a ton of these providers. As for advice, the only one I’ve any experience with is DreamHost. I first heard their service a couple years ago when one of my good friends told me they were hosting their church that way. Of course, DreamHost has a solid reputation as a hosting provider even without the free stuff.
Anyway, you can get hosted for free, just be careful and choose wisely! Oh, and be sure they support the system requirements for WordPress. I’ll explain more about that in the next post.