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Here are some of the other killer features that WP Engine has to offer:
I love WordPress. I’ve been blogging off-and-on since 2007. I started with b2evolution, but after a while, I lost my rhythm. Then, after a hiatus, I came back and discovered WordPress. I’ve been in love ever since!
Now, fast forward a little bit, and I’m shifting positions at my church. My lead pastor, who’s a very smart guy, is currently in charge of our church website, and he’s looking to unload it on me. I welcome this change, except for one small thing:
He’s a big fan of Joomla.
So know I am faced with WordPress vs Joomla.
ChurchThemes.com is a new WordPress theme shop specializing in church website solutions. Their goal is to provide churches with tools for building attractive, full-featured websites and to do so in a cost-effective way.
Their first release is an urban-inspired WordPress theme called Resurrect—a stellar church WordPress theme. They help make things easy by providing one-on-one support and dozens of searchable guides.
WordPress 3.7 dropped last week and includes a few cool new features—the most controversial being auto-updates.
As nice as it is for WordPress to autoupdate itself, especially for those quick, easy and little security updates, the ability to test your plugins and themes before making larger upgrade, has been a usual workflow for many WordPress users. If your website breaks, you simply wait for the problematic theme or plugin to update or you have a little time to make a change before making the jump. Updating your WordPress a few weeks after a new version has dropped isn’t any big deal.
With this new feature, however, this strategy goes to the wayside. In the end, this will put more pressure on WordPress developers to test with RC and bleeding edge releases of WordPress for testing purposes, so proper theme and plugin updates have been made prior to WordPress auto updating.
That being said, here is a quick WordPress update tip, as manually updating WordPress will soon be a thing of the past.
One-way to organized your WordPress website is to create Custom Post Types for special data.
A business might create a Custom Post Type for products and a church might create Custom Post Types for scheduled events, announcements and sermon audio.
Doing this not only helps keep the content, well, managed, but it can come in handy in how you display your data, too. WordPress’ Custom Post Types is the edge of WordPress being a true CMS contender.
So why would want to add Custom Post Types to your general blog post RSS feed?
Although it is nice to keep this data nice and separated on the website, you may want your RSS feed to include all your data. As much as a church blog should not turn into a church picnic announcement page, the RSS feed can be used a bit more dynamically. When church members subscribe to the blog, they are also subscribing to the occasional church announcement, event update or sermon podcast update.
As long as you are not overwhelming the feed, this could be the perfect solution for your church or ministry website (or any other purpose for that matter).
Here is how to add WordPress Custom Post Types to your RSS feed…
CSS Igniter offers a variety of WordPress themes for a super low price.
For only $39 per year, you can get all their themes—updates and support included. Have you used a CSS Igniter WordPress theme? Tell us about it!
CSS Igniter offers a variety of themes—for business, blogs and more—some would modify easily for a church or ministry website, too. And we’re giving away three one year memberships!
ChurchMag loves WP Engine.
After a number of poor experiences with other web hosts, switching to WP Engine was the best decision we could have ever made. Finally, WordPress began to behave like it was suppose to!
I remember having to always check to see how many posts had mis-fired and having to reschedule them. With WP Engine, I don’t have to do that. I can schedule my weekend blog posts and never worry about them not firing. Here are a few other things I don’t have to worry about since moving to WP Engine:
We’ve shared some awesome WordPress themes for church that you might want to consider using for your church’s WordPress theme, before; but it’s been a while, so we wanted to give you a few more themes that you might want to consider when you’re building a new site or updating your current church WordPress website:
Did you know that mobile Internet use will eclipse desktop use by the end of the year?
The time for a responsive website is now!
This is one of the many reasons ChurchMag is working on a redesign and new look—having your website responsive is very important!
Fortunately, making your website responsive can be as easy as using a responsive WordPress theme:
[This is part of the Common WordPress Mistakes series to help bloggers, churches, ministries and nonprofits avoid common mistakes when creating a new website using the WordPress CMS.]
I hope this series of common WordPress mistakes has been a help to you!
If you’ve followed along and have more questions or there are some common WordPress mistakes that I may have missed—please let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to cover more.
Today, we’re going to look at contact forms and premium themes: