Welcome to AIMSites!
AIMSites is a hosting service designed exclusively for AIM Missionaries to create and maintain their own website or blog.
This service to you is part of our ministry. We are AIM’s On-Field Media team… a small team with big dreams of sharing the stories of God at work in Africa and through the ministries of AIM. (You can learn more about us on our website, but first, sign up and get your own website started.)
We have two basic goals here. One is to get you quickly online and able to communicate your life and ministry to those who follow and support your work through the incredible medium of the internet, and more specifically, through blogging tools. Our second goal is simply to glorify God by encouraging more missionaries to share their lives and work and what God is doing.
So what’s a blog anyway?
You might already have one. Or you might think that blogging is for some young, hip missionary with a lip piercing. A Blog, however, is simply a journal or “log” on the web. A web log. A blog. The great thing about them is their ability to be so much more than just a journal. They are networkable, searchable, shareable, categorizable, subscribable, customizable, and just plain cool. No lip piercing required.
A blog is easy to set up, easy to keep, and easy to share with others. And AIMSItes is a blog just for missionaries… so when it comes to the obstacles of communication from the continent of Africa, we feel your pain. And we have solutions.
How does it work?
You will need to have an aimint.net email address for us to send you your setup instructions. You can choose one of our templates designed by various AIM media heads, or if you are familiar with WordPress, you can modify your own. The templates are designed to reflect various areas of ministry, or are just plain generic. You can choose. It might help for you to get some ideas from the already active sites linked from the main page here.
Your website can be anything you want it to be. Simple and static informational pages about your family and ministry. Or an active, running blog. You can upload pictures and videos if you like. You can link to other websites or the pages of other missionaries. You can open your blog up to comments from the outside. You can even leave the whole site hidden and protected with a password if your work is sensitive.
Keeping your personal website maintained is your deal. We’ll help you get it set up of course. And we media guys are there if you have questions along the way. But the day to day (or month to month) updates are up to you. No worries though, even this is easy. The sites are built with a tool called WordPress. This allows you to have a backdoor entrance into your site via the internet. Here you will find familiar tools (like the text editor in Microsoft Word) to make changes and add content to your pages. And if you don’t have internet access, you can even make updates by sending an email that will automatically post the content to your blog.
Can you be a blogger?
The truth is, if you have the most basic of computer skills, and a interest in communicating your ministry beyond the scope of a couple printed newsletters each year, than you’re almost there. For those of you who send regular email updates to supporters, you are effectively (but not efficiently) blogging already. And if you have access to an occasional, albeit slow, internet connection, or are able to send an email in any way… then you can maintain an AIMSites website. Also, if you already have a blog with Blogger or WordPress somewhere else, you can move it over to AIMSites with all its archives intact.