Episode 6: Validating your free web hosting package

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Show Notes for Season 1, Episode 6

You have your charity number / HMRC X number that proves your charitable status (Episode 3). You’ve applied for the charity web hosting package (Episode 5 / Direct sign-up link). Now let’s get the hosting plan added to your account, by proving your charitable status.

Useful links:

Log in to your hosting account here. Stuck? Call the helpline 01628 200 161 any time between 7am and midnight!

Let me know how it goes via the comments below!

Episode 5: Getting a free web hosting package for your church

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Show Notes for Season 1, Episode 5

We’re still doing less exciting, enabling steps, to make sure that everything works just fine as we complete Season 1’s project to create a free website that you’ll be happy with.

Useful links:

Get the free charity web hosting for your church: https://churchfreeweb.co.uk/freehost

Get some help by watching this video where you’ll see me complete this task, step-by-step.

Episode 4: How to create a free, temporary email address

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Show Notes for Season 1, Episode 4

We’re still doing less exciting, enabling steps, to make sure that everything works just fine as we complete Season 1’s project to create a free website that you’ll be happy with.

Useful links:

Create a Gmail account here

Get some help by watching this video where you’ll see me complete this task, step-by-step.

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Episode 2: Why go online?

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Reasons to go online may include:

  • It’s trendy (it’s not)
  • It would be great to have our Christmas events online (a website’s for life, not just for Christmas)
  • We can forget about the printed sheet (who remembers to check a website every day?)
  • …What’s yours?

Reasons not to go online may include:

  • It’s scary (you need to get out more)
  • I don’t know how (it’s time you learned, and I’ll teach you)
  • I want to save something for the next new church member to do (that hasn’t worked so far)
  • …Go on, talk me out of it!

Spoiler alert! The (slightly dull but) compelling reason to have a website you control is… most people will look for you online, and assume whatever’s most likely looking is you. They’ll be frustrated, and you’ll be frustrated. So you need something that will be the thing people find when they look for you online. And it might as well be a website that represents you well, that’s fresh, current and comprehensive.

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Episode 1: Season 1 Introduction

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Here I’m setting out my stall for Season 1. In a few weeks I’ll take you (small) step by (small) step through creating a website that you’ll be happy with and that other people can find. You’ll sometimes need to come to this website to get quick access to information or additional resources. And you can encourage me by posting questions or comments right here, and most of all by signing up for the email list.

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