Amazon S3 is undoubtedly the best way to host and deliver digital content. Whether you are serving audio, video, images, or live feeds, Amazon is the way to go. With Amazon’s pricing being dirt cheap, it’s hard to find another Content Delivery Network (CDN) out there that compares. With all the many benefits of S3, it does have one drawback — its a little complicated to set up.
Several of the ChurchMag contributors are founders, hosters, and website developers for multiple website projects and recently we had a heavy discussion of what it means to have a good host. Some of the websites would incur heavy downtime, terrible bandwidth speeds, or database failures and need to navigate through customer service, different upgrades to web hosting plans, or change web hosts all together. This had me thinking what it means to be a great or terrible web hosting company.
Churchuna is a new web publishing platform for the church, built on WordPress.
Using churchuna, you can create and manage your church website or just be a part of the churchuna community. Although they do offer premium features, the free version has enough to offer those wanting to explore the churchuna system or score themselves a free church website.
Here’s what you get–for free:
I know that upgrading any paid services for a church can be a real arm twister. I am all about saving money and maximizing how much the church spends on anything, but sometimes you can save more by spending more.
Let me explain.
The top two obstacles facing Church IT is volunteers and funding. The real pickle about this, is usually you can function fairly well if you have at least one of these. If you have volunteers, you can get away with spending less. If you can spend more, then you can get away with fewer volunteers. Of course, you can only imagine how awesome it would be to have both! Here’s where upgrading your church website services can help both areas: finances and volunteers.
If you’re a webbie (like me), I’m sure that at least on one occasion you’ve had to explain web hosting to clients, family, friends, etc.
To make this a bit easier, here’s a great infographic that explains the basics of the different kinds of types of web hosting, in nice simple terms: [Read more…] about Web Hosting Made Simple [Infographic]
Cloud services have rapidly risen in popularity recently and it’s easy to understand why. The growth in use of multiple devices, devices on the go and generally devices with smaller storage capabilities have all heavily leant themselves to the growth in cloud storage but there is another factor. Multiple users having access to the same information for multiple locations.
This final factor more than others has lead to the uptake of cloud storage in business and churches but there are issues. The cost of some services and security of others has come into question recently and as a church you certainly don’t want confidential information getting out.
Luckily there is now a way that you access create your own cloud circumventing the risks of a hacker gaining access to the cloud storage companies data and thus yours (of course they could still hack your own personal cloud so that is always a risk).
It’s called ownCloud; a personal cloud service.