20 Free Web Tools and How Churches Can Use ThemBy
I love free stuff. I guess that’s why I eat too much at buffets. With the proliferation of “Web 2.0″ companies offering everything — kitchen sink too — churches can benefit from the Internet rush of free bait. So I thought I’d give a list of some services to take advantage of (like those buffets you can fill up your plate).
Here are some free web 2.0 tools that churches can use …
1. YouTube – upload your videos and embed them in your site. Let YouTube take care of the bandwidth and use their easy “embed” feature to plug into your site. (Owned by Google.)
2. Flickr – host all your photos online and use their free widgets to display them on your site. See example.
3. FeedBlitz – for your free email newsletter resource. Set up a blog and integrate FeedBlitz email newsletter with it. See example.
4. FeedBurner – for the easiest way I know to do a podcast. See my Sermon Podcasting Made Easy tutorial and the Digital Sermon Recording Kit.
5. SermonCloud – for more free sermon audio hosting and podcasting resource.
7. Nvu – free WSYWIG HTML editor.
8. WordPress – the best free blog software around (in my totally biased opinion).
9. Icebrrg — free online web forms. Register for a free account called Dinghy. The free account will do almost everything — surveys, online registrations — that almost every church would need to do.
12. ChipIn – collect donations for your mission trips or service projects.
13. LetterPop – free newsletter creation tool.
15. Rockin Cool Website Design — free website templates. (This is my site.)
Straight from Google ….
16. Gmail – I love Google’s free email service. It has incredible SPAM filtering and integration with Calendars, Docs & Spreadsheets and more. (Basically, you could get rid of Outlook!) See their Google Apps service to use your own domain name.
17. Blogger – Host your blog for free … and use their custom domain service to invest in your own domain name for less than $10 a year.
19. Maps – Get a custom map to your church.
Did I miss something? Add your own in the comments below!