The Ramus Local Church Hosting platform has supported nearly 400 local churches and ministry websites. It’s been a valuable resource, but recently, we’ve faced challenges, especially after losing staff due to churches leaving The United Methodist Church.
We’ve decided to stop hosting local church websites because of these challenges and our inability to support users and maintain systems and security adequately.
I want to apologize for any disruption this may cause to your church. We didn’t make this decision lightly, and we’re thankful for your church’s support of the Ramus platform.
We want to make this transition as smooth as possible, so please keep reading for more details on our timeline, next steps, and some new hosting options.
We will continue hosting websites until June 1, 2024.
After this deadline, even if your domain (Example: churchname.org) is active, your website content will be inaccessible if you have not transferred to a new hosting provider.
You need to select a new host and begin the transition as soon as possible to help make this process smoother.
We can only offer technical support via phone and email through March 31, 2024.
After this date, our Church Communications Consultant position will no longer exist, so we will no longer be able to offer technical support. We will only be able to transfer domains.
For sites on our Paid tier with a domain expiring before the deadline, we will renew domains expiring through June for one year (instead of three) to give you time to secure an alternative hosting option before the June 1 deadline.
One of our main goals with Ramus was that every church in the Conference would have an effective website. It’s still our hope.
When we created Ramus, designing an affordable website without hiring someone to build it for you was challenging. Now, many tools are available at affordable prices that allow you to make fantastic websites.
We’ve researched some that we believe are the best compared to what you had with Ramus. I’ll share those below.
For our Paid tier, this is our preferred option. Managed by United Methodist Communications, they use WordPress and have a pricing option similar to our Ramus platform. Look for the Silver or Gold packages.
Website hosting directly from WordPress with a variety of plans available.
A great, low-cost hosting platform that uses WordPress.
If you are on our Free tier, we recommend the recently updated Find-A-Church page from United Methodist Communications. You can pay a small yearly fee to purchase a domain and point it directly to your listing. Look for the Bronze (Free) package. Alternatively, switch to a different provider using the options above.
Please know that we are here to help walk you through this process.
If you’d like to talk to us directly, we ask that you schedule an appointment with Jay Locklear, our Church Communications Consultant. He can walk you through your specific scenario and offer a recommendation.
Thank you for trusting Ramus with your ministry’s website and your patience as we transition to new ways of working together.
Director of Communications
Frequently Asked Questions
What if our Ramus website isn’t being used, or we have already switched to another hosting provider?
If your Ramus website is no longer in use or you already switched to another hosting provider, please let us know as soon as possible, and we will remove your site.
What’s the process of moving my site to another host?
First, find a new host (see our recommendations above). Then, if you are using WordPress with your new site and want to keep your text and image content, export your site content from Tools – Export in the Dashboard. Transfer the domain name (if applicable). Import the site content to your new website. Migrate email accounts (if applicable).
How do I transfer my domain?
Email us at email@example.com, and we will unlock the domain and send you the transfer authorization (EPP) code.
Is there a cost to transfer my domain?
Maybe. If you have (or create) a Name.com account, we can internally transfer the domain with no fee. If you have a different domain registrar or choose a host where they manage the domain, there will likely be a fee to transfer the domain. However, paying for a domain transfer usually adds a year to the expiration date.
Do I have to wait until June 1, 2024?
No! If you have selected a new host and are ready to transfer, we encourage you to move forward with your new host.
What if I recently renewed my domain and Ramus hosting agreement?
Most of the money you pay when you host with Ramus goes toward the domain renewal ($12.99/year = $38.97). Any years purchased are transferred with the domain wherever it goes. When you transfer your domain to a new host, you may have to pay a small fee (which would then add an additional year to your domain). For example, let’s say your domain expired on 1/15/24. You renewed in November 2023 with Ramus for three years. Your renewal date is now 1/15/27. When you transfer to a registrar/host other than Name.com, you may pay a small fee, and the new renewal date will be 1/15/28.