Parishes, apostolates, and ministries must do everything they can to keep expenses to a minimum. Information technology expenses are no exception.
What if there was a way to have the latest technology for free? Yes, free. Shouldn’t we all jump on board?
Google Apps offers a unique solution for nonprofits: high quality information technology infrastructure (email, cloud-based file sharing, a web-based office suite, and a host of other tools) at zero cost.
Even the smallest websites and bloggers can benefit from this, as well. Google Apps is not just for businesses and nonprofits. For a small fee, anyone can use this wonderful tool.
Of course, I’m not a nonprofit organization, so I am required to pay a small fee of $5 per month – per user, or $50 for the entire year. In the overall scheme of things, this is a minimal expense for such a robust product.
Imagine: instead of having the firstname.lastname@example.org address, you can actually change it to email@example.com, which helps add a touch of professionalism to your online ministry.
I have been a big fan of Google Apps for years and have been a regular user ever since. If I am looking to set up email for a new domain, I look no further than Google Apps.
What comes included with Google Apps?
- An email system that functions just like Gmail
- A calendar that quickly syncs with all devices
- Cloud-based file storage (access your files anywhere)
- Web-based office products (Docs, Sheets, etc.)
- Quick creation of collaborative websites
- Integration with other Google products like Google+, Adwords, Blogger, and other tools
Whether you are helping a parish make technology decisions or a blogger who wants a more robust, personalized email system, Google Apps is worth a try.
Embracing new technology only helps our evangelization efforts. With so many free resources out there, like Google Apps, we’re running out of excuses not to.
Copyright 2013 Chad R. Torgerson
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