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Hosting Your Congregation's Website

Website hosting can be free or cheap, but it's worth making a budget item for hosting with well-reviewed customer service and technical support. Some hosting companies offer reduced rates to non-profit organizations.

Registering your own domain name (http://yourchurchname.org) is relatively inexpensive and definitely worthwhile. Many hosting companies will handle the "paperwork" for you—but beware companies who register your domain in their name—be sure your congregation is the owner of record. Administration and Ownership Considerations offers some helpful advice for congregations regarding their websites.

WordPress is often included in hosting packages, and since that is an excellent option for creating a congregational website, look for a web host who offers and supports WordPress installations.

The UUA does not officially endorse any web hosting services, but the following have crossed our radar, mostly from the websters email list, whose members are always happy to offer additional reports of what's worked for them.

  • DreamHost is employee-owned and carbon-neutral, and they offer free hosting for 501(c)3s including email management and Wordpress.
  • TechSoup offers a list of companies offering free Web hosting to 501(c)3 nonprofits and other charities.

Comments (2)

katrose 8 months 4 weeks ago

I need to provide a 501(c)(3) determination letter to Dreamhost to get free hosting of the UUA wordpress template.  How do I get that?

scarey 8 months 2 weeks ago

All churches are charitable organizations under IRS Code 501(c)3. They do not need a determination letter. For that reason, most of our congregations never go through the application process. The UUA does not have a group exemption because we do not exert supervision over our congregations. That’s a requirement for the group exemption status. What we can do is issue a letter saying you are a congregation in good standing with the UUA. That could be presented as evidence that you are indeed a church, and thus exempt. Please email administration [at] uua [dot] org to request a letter.

For more information, visit Tax Issues for Congregations.

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