Author Topic: Starting/designing/maintaining a trad Catholic website: costs and other issues.  (Read 1232 times)

Offline Xavier

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Anyone here who owns and runs a website willing to explain how easy or otherwise it is to set one up? Also your experience maintaining it.

I want the website to be focused on evangelism, mostly directed to non-Christians of all kinds, secularists, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists etc to bring them by God's grace to Christ and Baptism into the Church. A secondary focus would be videos, articles and other material helping Catholics to come to Tradition/apologetics directed at Protestantism and/or Orthodoxy, from Scripture and the Fathers etc. I think there are already many sites that do the second, and make some converts; but very few dedicated to the first, though potentially thousands of souls could be reached. Can someone tell me how to get started?
"Dignáre, Dómine, die isto sine peccáto nos custodíre" (Deign, O Lord, to keep us this day without any sin). Please pray this prayer many times every day to end all sin.

St. Padre Pio: "I have made a pact with the Lord: I will take my place at the gate to paradise, but I shall not enter until I have seen the last of my spiritual children enter."

Come offer your Life to Jesus and Mary: TEXT OF THE LIFE OFFERING, adapted and pluralized: Dear Lord Jesus, before the Holy Trinity, Our Heavenly Mother, and the whole Heavenly Court, united with Your most Precious Blood and Your Sacrifice on Calvary, We hereby Offer our whole Lives to the Intention of Your Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Together with our life, we place at Your disposal all Holy Masses, all our Holy Communions, all Rosaries, all acts of consecration, all our good deeds, all our sacrifices, and the suffering of our entire life for the Adoration and Supplication of the Holy Trinity, for Unity in our Holy Mother Church, for the Holy Father, Pope Francis the First; and for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. For His Eminence Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, His Excellency Metropolitan Hilarion, as well as His Eminence Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, that they may re-unite their flocks with the Catholic Church, and there may soon be but One Fold and One Shepherd. For all the 220+ Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, for all 5500+ Bishops of the Universal Church that they may be true Apostles and Shepherds; and for the 400,000+ Priests, the 700,000+ Nuns, 50,000+ Monks, 100,000+ seminarians, that they may all become the Saints the Divine Will wishes them to be; for all the 1.35 Billion Members of the Church, the Millions of Catholic Catechumens and Children to be born and baptized in this year; we pray for good Priestly and Religious Vocations, and for All Souls until the end of the world. O my Jesus, please accept our life Sacrifice and our offerings and give us Your grace that we may all persevere obediently until death. Amen." https://marianapostolate.com/life-offering/

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Do you know HTML?

You should YouTube some Web design videos
The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
    It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
    It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
    And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
    And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
    There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
    Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
    World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
 
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My recommendation would be to stay away from trying to have a dedicated site. Maybe do a blog, or a collection-point style thing where you coalesce these concepts (similar to https://www.scripturecatholic.com/ or https://www.biblechristiansociety.com/. A good site requires either original content, and it's unlikely you can compete with the many good ones already on your own, or requires a good bit of networking. Further, a good website is a LOT of work. HTML is only part of it. There's CSS, jscript, etc. To make a good go of it, you really need to have a developer and they aren't cheap (or you could convince a fellow Catholic to assist, if they are actually good at it).

Your focus is all over the map and would result in doing nothing well. Pick a niche and develop it.

You'd need to really understand the place from which non-Christians come. That requires studying Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, etc. Fr. John Hardon has some good articles about those various systems. I once showed his article on Buddhism to a Buddhist I know, and he commented that it was the best explanation he'd ever seen from the pen of a non-Buddhist.

Acts 17 Apologetics, a Protestant group, already does a pretty good job of destroying Islamic arguments. Take a look at their material.

Unsure about Buddhist or Hindu focused Christian ministries.

Not trying to discourage you, but I would recommend starting small. Develop content. Shop it around for critique.
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Providence is a present mystery by which our hope is confirmed and our faith solidified, if we give not into despair or disbelief.

Woe is me, because I have held my peace. Isaiah 6
 
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It is relatively easy.

1.  Sign up with bluehost.com.  It will cost around $80/yr. or there abouts.
2.  At bluehost.com, register your domain name.  Cost is $30/yr. if you get the privacy option, otherwise around $15.
3.  On the bluehost control panel, do the one-click install for Word Press (free).
4.  Learn Word Press on Youtube.  The Udemy courses are pretty good also.

You can search through many free templates (which you can customize) or start from scratch.
"But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God (Jn 3:18)."

"All sorrow leads to the foot of the Cross.  Weep for your sins."
 
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