When it comes to backing-up WordPress, I’ve tried a lot of different website backup services.
Most have been free, some paid. Some were only database backups, others included the entire wp-content folder.
But it wasn’t until I acquired ChurchMag that I took my website backups so seriously. It didn’t take me long to figure out that:
Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) takes place in San Francisco every summer, and it might just be one of the biggest tech events of the year. Only 5,000 tickets are made available every year, and they sell out immediately! Last year, it took two hours. This year, it took two minutes!
Clearly, many people want to be at this event at which Apple routinely unveils major software and hardware updates. Plus, since it’s a five-day event, there are also tons of ways to learn more about developing from the very people who created and now maintain the platform you’re developing for. Awesome, right?
My question to you this: Could the Church benefit from something similar?
No, we don’t have a platform that requires such a massive conference/PR event, but what if we tweaked it just a little.
I have seen many different people wonder what to use for a church’s website and there are a ton of options out there, including E-zekiel that has a great product for you to go from nothing to something great, quickly and easily. My own push for some time was for churches to have blogs on their site and of course the default blogging Content Management System out there is WordPress.
The unfortunate part is that I gave them a great idea, but the solution of installing and maintaing it was on someone else.
For over two decades now, I have dreamed of publishing a book. When the Kindle and iPad burst onto the scene, I knew that my dream had changed. Getting published on paper seemed daunting; however, getting published digitally seemed so very simple…except for the actual formatting of the book.
I tried to code and compile my own Kindle book several times. It took so much time to edit, proofread, and then recompile the book to only have to do it again the next time I see an error. Then, for Valentine’s Day, I made a book for my wife using a simple Amazon’s Send to Kindle app. That worked fairly well, but again, I had to go through several drafts before I found the formatting that worked best.
Into this malaise of formatting errors, a hero has emerged, a hero named PressBooks.com!
Non-profit organizations are always struggling to raise funds, so when faced with needing to purchase a solid management software solution, it can be difficult. To properly manage constituents, donations, clients, sponsors and more, you need a good platform, but a good platform usually costs a pretty penny.
Although you often need to spend money to make money, not all non-profits have the money to spend in the first place, making it impossible to get started with good non-profit management software.
Thankfully, there’s an awesome open source non-profit management solution called, Delightful Labor.
Dunked is a new service (currently in private beta) that allows you to have an online portfolio to show off your awesome work to the masses, without needing to know anything about coding, web development, or even what HTML stands for.
All you do, is sign up for an account, and start uploading images, or linking and embedding audio or video, and Dunked does the rest.
The best part? It’s free.
So your theming a WordPress theme, testing a WordPress plugin or simply designing a website with WordPress.
You need test data!
WP Test is “a fantastically exhaustive set of test data to measure the integrity of your plugins and themes.”
And it’s awesome:
Earlier this month, I suggested that many churches, ministries and non-profits consider using managed hosting versus unmanaged. Although the monthly fees are usually higher for what you get, the man hours and know-how that’s required for unmanaged hosting makes it well worth the extra cost.
There is another flavor of hosting that has begun to really rise and shine recently, and that is managed WordPress hosting. Managed WordPress hosting is much like your managed hosting services, but focus on one platform and one platform only: WordPress. I shared my personal experience with ChurchMag and why managed WordPress hosting is awesome in a guess post on WP Daily, and thought about how this applies to churches, ministries and non-profits.
The Shock Bundle is an enormous bundle that features a lot of quality designs from ThemeShock, this bundle includes all kind of resources with sources that any web designer would want for the next project, such as PSD and WordPress themes, multiple GUI, fantastic pixel perfect and realistic icons, nice photoshop actions, handwritten fonts, hundreds of logos, and many many others that can be seen at the product’s homepage. ThemeShock is a team behind some great projects like Iconshock, the largest icon collection in the Internet with more than a million icons.