Donna Farrow, ministry assistant for Carey Baptist Association, said her work keeps her too busy to deal with building or maintaining a website.
So when she and Bruce Willis, the director of missions, learned about Hosted Church, they thought it might work for them.
“I have all I can do now without keeping up a website, so that was a good option for us,” Farrow said.
The goal of Hosted Church — a service offered by TAB Media Group — is to be a turnkey solution for websites, specifically focusing on churches, associations and nonprofit ministries, said James Hammack, digital services manager for TAB Media Group.
It’s a premium one-stop shop a church or other ministry can use to quickly get a website up and running without sacrificing quality and functionality, he explained.
“Hosted Church takes the headache out of beginning an online Web presence through a white-glove setup process where we help churches from start to finish.”
Hosted Church offers templates from which to choose, then TAB’s digital media team personalizes the site’s colors, images and information based on your preferences. The team offers regular security scans and backups to keep the information safe, as well as quick help if something “breaks.” They also make changes throughout the year as needed.
Farrow said site “maintenance” is her favorite part of the service.
‘Well worth it’
“That’s the benefit for us, that somebody keeps it up. All I have to do is send an email to James,” she said. “It’s definitely well worth it.”
She also loves that people can now to look up information about churches in the area in one place, as well as learn what the association is all about.
With Hosted Church, a low annual cost covers the purchase of a domain name and updates to information as it changes.