Catholic Web Sites - FREE
Ecclesia Web Service, a division of
the Saint Ambrose Foundation offers free web sites to official
Catholic organizations anywhere in the world. We do not profit
from this or advertise on your sites.
Ecclesia Web Service is funded by
The Saint Ambrose Foundation and your donations. We are devoted
to providing quality web sites to Catholic Parish's and
Organizations for promoting Catholic research, information, &
networking on the internet.
HOW DO I / WE GET
A FREE WEB SITE?
We have only one requirement, and that is
that we receive a
written letter from your pastor, provincial, or local ordinary
giving permission. This MUST be from a priest or religious
EXCEPTIONS. We feel it is their responsibility to
This is to also keep the sites as
"Catholic" as possible. Please note a site will not be given if
we do not receive a letter from one of the above people.
- Know about the site and
- Be responsible for its content
The letter MUST include:
Please send by postal mail, a letter
- Desired Domain (Directory) Name
- Contact Name and authorized email
- Official Letterhead and seal
- Signature of Priest, Provincial,
or local Ordinary
c/o Scott Fabian
4430 Woodside Dr
Stroudsburg, PA 18301
You may expedite your request by also
sending a scanned copy of your signed letter to us at
email@example.com. (You must still mail the
original to the St. Ambrose Foundation.)
HOW DO WE GET STARTED?
The first step
is to determine how you wish to be seen on the web.
There are two
ways to host your web site. The first and preferred way is for
you to register your domain name with any registrar (ie:
godaddy.com, networksolutions.com, whois.com, hostingmetro.com,
method requires that you register a domain name and point it to our
DNS servers (See more information below).
will also include a FREE domain email system.
service is with HostingMetro.com and they offer domain
registration to our clients for only $9.95 per year. I
recommend registering your domain with them so that the domain
and FREE hosting services are with the same company. If you
wish to do this, register your domain name by
ON THIS LINK
and be sure to specify that you are
joining the catholic-church.org service with domain registration
at $9.95 per domian/per year,
domain name has been registered, send an email request to us at
firstname.lastname@example.org notifying that you have
registered your domain name. We will instruct Hosting
Metro to point the DNS to our nameservers. and
need your dns to point to us, accordingly.
Once your domain has been registered and
is pointing to our systems, we create your web site and provide
FTP or SFTP credentials to you. We usually create a simple HOME
page to assure that the domain name is pointing to the home page
correctly. Once that is ready, you may upload your web pages and
less preferred way, is to have a domain name created by us at
www.catholic-church.org where we add your name to our system
(ie: www.catholic-church.org/yourparish . This second
method, will limit your ability to do anything more than post
simple html pages and images to your site - and does not include
email services. For the second
method, we set up a directory under
http://catholic-church.org/yourparish to which you would
have direct access via FTP only. There are no space
restrictions, but we do request that you use common sense for file
and image sizes.
If you already have a
domain name registered (For existing domain names
(ie: http://www.your-organization.org)), you need to set your DNS server or
submit a request to your registrar (the company where you registered your domain name) to point the DNS nameservers to:
We can help you do this if you do not know how.
Unix/linux is case sensitive, so we
recommend your directory name be in all lower case letters. You
can have dashes in your name, but no other characters or spaces
besides letters and numbers.
How do we get
Free Web Site Design Service?
We have a limited number of web site
designers who have graciously volunteered their time to create
simple, but very professional looking web sites for you at
absolutely no charge. Since their time is on a voluntary
basis, requests are processed on a first-come, first-serve
basis. Most requests for web site changes are completed
within 72 hours depending on the amount of work required to
complete the task.
All requests for changes and the
implementation of these changes onto your web site are
controlled and approved by your single, designated authorized
agent, and catholic-church.org prior to placement on your site.
Usually a DEMO page is created on your site, whereby you see the final page
before it is moved into PRODUCTION.
For new sites, you will be sent the
webmasters email address to establish a direct correspondence,
where you will be asked to answer specific questions regarding
the purpose and "look" that you desire for your web site.
We are also available to provide web
design services to existing hosted sites, so whether you are
looking for a new site or just a new look to your existing site,
our volunteer web designers are eager to serve.
If you are a Web Designer and would
like to volunteer your services to support this cause, please
send us an email with examples of "production" web sites that
you have developed.
Please see our
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
or If you have any other questions,
please email us.
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