USING YOUR CHURCH'S ACHURCHNEARYOU PROFILE AS YOUR CHURCH'S WEBSITE
Every Church of England church already has a page on AChurchNearYou and each church can embrace the functionality provided by AChurchNearYou; churches can add photos to a gallery, post news and notices, add events and services, and their own pages too.
Feedback on current functionality, and requests for new functionality from our editors and from the public is what drives forward AChurchNearYou feature addition and amendments work.
Many churches now want to use their AChurchNearYou profile as their main website to save money on redesigning their website, save money on their web hosting, and save money and mitigate risk securing their website.
Many churches also wish to make sure that visitors to the church's domain name (the www. address) arrive on their AChurchNearYou profile. This is possible using a process called domain pointing or web forwarding.
AChurchNearYou does not charge churches to use their AChurchNearYou profile as their website.
AChurchNearYou sits behind three layers of security.
When you're ready to point your church's domain name towards your church's AChurchNearYou profile just follow the instructions here: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/custom-domain
WEB HOSTING AND EMAIL HOSTING
AChurchNearYou doesn't provide hosting for websites built on other platforms, rather churches wanting to use AChurchNearYou as their website use the features and functions built into their AChurchNearYou profile.
You can see what new features and functions are planned for AChurchNearYou here: https://trello.com/b/L1AxYbvj/a-church-near-you-development
You can use this form to suggest features and functions which you'd like to see added to AChurchNearYou: https://airtable.com/shrESPQFNe2kaGQQr
AChurchNearYou does not provide email hosting or email forwarding so you'll need to make your own arrangements for email provision for your church. Some churches use GSuite from Google which is free for Nonprofits: https://www.google.com/intl/en-GB/nonprofits/offerings/apps-for-nonprofits.html others might use Microsoft's Office 365 nonprofit options https://products.office.com/en-gb/nonprofit/office-365-nonprofit-plans-and-pricing?tab=1 both provide hosting for email and allow churches to use their own domain name in their email addresses, eg email@example.com
BENEFICE LANDING PAGES
At this time AChurchNearYou does not provide benefice pages, however, the project team are aware that this is something which many benefices would like introduced and they're working on this for release during 2019.
The project team will keep editors up to date with news relating to the launch of benefice pages, and other features and functions, via the regular AChurchNearYou email newsletter.
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