The market for WordPress managed hosting continues to grow and thrive and it’s clear that it’s not only can be a profitable market but that there’s plenty of room for niche-based approaches.
Such one I just got wind of is ChurchPr.es, a solution specifically targeting the church and non-profit sector of WordPress users and organizations although it seems to have been cooking since late October of last year.
A project by Dallas Bass, a self-professed coffee addict (aren’t we all?), he announced it late yesterday:
— dallas bass (@ThisIsDallas) February 25, 2013
The pricing so far listed is as follows:
- Free – For testing the service.
- $50 Setup + $25/mo – Smaller churches
- $50 Setup + $50/mo – Mid-sized churches
- $50 Setup + $100/mo – Large churches
There’s not an obvious breakdown for those interested in knowing what exactly qualifies for each tier related to “small, medium, large” but you’ll get a technical break-down on their sign-up page.
You can take it for a test-spin but don’t expect to start paying quite yet as they are still working out the kinks of their payment system:
Unfortunately, our paid plans aren’t quite ready yet. While we working to create a great experience for our paid plans, you can sign up for our free plan and test out ChurchPres. If you don’t quite like what you get feel free to cancel your account. If you sign up for our free account we will email you as soon as our paid plans are ready go.
They are using WHMCS as their user management and billing system so I can’t imagine that it’ll take too much time to get things setup since that system is fairly off the shelf, but it’s clearly not ready for primetime as even the FAQ section still is waiting to be filled in.
If you’re a non-profit or church this might be a good solution to look into when it’s ready if you’d like a service that is looking to support your particular type of organization.
Naturally, ChurchPres is your newest player and if you’re anxious about support you can always take a look at the much-more proven managed hosting platforms that are already out there that can support your project or website.
I imagine more and more niche-based markets will start appearing this year as entrepreneuring folk take on the challenge of building a worth-while and profitable business for their particular market segment. Congrats ChurchPres on the launch and here’s to your success this year!