PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WEBPAGE AND SECTION ON WEB HOSTING IS STILL BEING DEVELOPED
WEB HOSTING -- Overview PageEvery website published on the World Wide Web (WWW) must be hosted on a server computer that is connected to the Internet network. It is actually possible to connect any personal computer (PC) to the Internet with a permanent Internet Protocol (IP) address, so that it is fully connected to the WWW and can function as a Web server computer. However the cost of securing a permanent IP address is expsnsive, and one would need to have the technical ability to be able to configure and maintain the software that operates the server. People viewing your "self-hosted website" may experience slow download of the webpages. A far better solution is to contract with a Web hosting service that host websites on high-end commercial servers that are located close to the Internet backbone for maximum webpage upload and download speeds.
Choosing Between "Classic FTP Hosting" or "Content Management System" Hosting
Classic "File Transfer Protocol" (FTP) hosting involves the construction of a website using web design software installed on your persoanl computer (PC). The most common software is a design program called Dreamweaver. The software produces all the HTML code necessary for the website's pages to be correctly displayed in a browser. The design for the website, and all of its content, is stored by the software as a package of computer code files on your PC. This code is then transmitted as a package to the server computer using "File Transfer Protocol" (PTP) software. This method of constructing and hosting websites on the Web was the standard method in the early days of the Internet. Hence this type of hosting is often referred to as "classic FTP hosting". By far the vast majority of websites today and now constructed/hosted on the Web using a "Web Content Management System" (WCMS), more commonly called simply a "Content Management System" or "CMS".
Web "Content Management Systems" (CMS) are an easy method of constructing, hosting, and maintaining a website without the need to learn HyperText Markup Language (HTML) coding or buy Web design software such as Dreamweaver. The AWA7.org website that you are now visting is hosted on a Content Management System for ease of construction and maintenance. Even if an existing website is classic-hosted, there may be advantages in re-constructing it onto a CMS, also known as a "migration" to a CMS.
What is a CMS Website? Explaining in simple terms what a Content Management System (CMS) is.
Advantages of CMS Websites There are several advantages to constructing/hosting your site on a CMS.
Free Adventist CMS Websites Several administrative territories offer free hosting of CMS websites.
GC netAdventist On overview of the "netAdventist" CMS that is offered by the General Conference.
NAD Adventist Church Connect The NAD offers free CMS websites for churches and schools in the NAD.
SimpleUpdates This is a popular CMS offered by an Adventist member-owned business based in the USA.
Google Sites Google offers free hosting of small CMS websites to non-profit organizations, incl. churches.
WordPress WordPress is now by far the most popular open-source commercial CMS in the world.
Joomla Although Joomla is the 2nd most popular CMS after WordPress, it has several good features.
Other Popular CMS Systems Drupal, TYPO3, DotNetNuke, and Intuit Homestead are lesser-known CMS systems used by Adventists. One of them may have certain features that could make it your best choice.
Testimony of a Transition to a CMS Website Pioneer Memorial Church at Andrews University migrated their classic-hosted church website onto a Content Management System. Read their interesting experience.
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