Before moving into social media, it is helpful to establish a personal and/or church website where most resources are located conveniently for visitors to find. Recommended, this would be a WordPress based blog-like website, which is designed for easy content management i.e. text, pictures, audio and video:
- First thing to do is get a .com domain name for the website(s). Other choices may also prove suitable
- Second, hosting for the website needs to be purchased. This is the virtual web space where the files and database of the website will be stored. For a WordPress hosted website, a basic hosting plan from GoDaddy would be around $5/mo (https://www.godaddy.com/hosting/wordpress-hosting)
- Finally, the design for the website is determined by a web template – a set of files that makes your website look the way it will be seen by the visitors.
- GoDaddy hosting installs WordPress automatically so you don’t have to worry about the technical stuff. The whole process in detail is described here: http://cupandcross.com/webministry-for-churches-step-by-step-guide-wordpress-installation/
- If the above seems too complicated, an alternative free and simple blog could be setup in minutes with free hosting on WordPress.com. It is not as good as a owned and personalized website, but it will get most of the job done (with some minor limitations).
Once the website(s) is established, the blogging process begins as described here: http://cupandcross.com/webministry-for-churches-step-by-step-guide5-things-to-learn-about-webministry/
When enough content is built up, you can proceed with:
- Social networking (promoting the content to the targeted group of people)
- and Social events (meetings with the targeted group of people in person)