If you’ve been paying attention, you probably know that churchthemes.com has released an absolutely incredible WordPress theme, Resurrect, designed specifically for churches. We’ve given you an overview before, but right now, I’d like to give you a review from the inside of this WordPress church website theme.
If you’ve been paying stalker-level amounts of attention to my posts over the past month, you’d know that I recently undertook a new project at church: redesigning our website. Given this task, I immediately wanted to switch over to a WordPress site from our current Joomla-based site. My lead pastor and I went back and forth over this, but the battle was won as soon as he saw Resurrect.
With that bit of introduction, let me give you the top three features of Resurrect that make say, “Every WordPress church ought to buy this theme for their website.”
1. Church-Specific Structure
It’s hard to describe how sweet it is to have a theme that is specifically designed for the needs of a church. Resurrect, powered by the Church Theme Content, boosts WordPress, adding Sermons, Events, Locations, and People to go right alongside Posts and Pages. To explain further, using the theme and plugin, you can add a sermon/sermon series, calendar event, church/campus location, or even a staff member with the same ease and skill that you are used to adding blog posts. Honestly, how much easier could it be?
2. Page Templates & Custom Sidebars
Now, to add those sermons, events, and whatnot, you have to have a page set up to display them—I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, of course—which you establish by selecting it’s template: sermon, events, etc. So, your pages are not only automatically set up to display all the varying bits of info you post, but Resurrect also allows you to assign widgets to the sidebars according to the pages’ template. That means that I can create custom sidebar menus and add page-specific widgets to truly customize each page. Thus, my events page has a specific sidebar menu that matches the needs of that page. My sermons page has not only its own sidebar menu but widgets (theme-specific widgets) that display my church’s sermons by speaker, topic, sermon series, and even book of the Bible. Super awesome, yes?
3. Looks & Layout
I have always loved WordPress, but I had to admit that my leader pastor, in our discussion over WordPress vs. Joomla, had one great point about WordPress sites—they don’t look like websites. They look like blogs. Resurrect, thankfully and wonderfully, does not. It looks like a website. Sure, if you know WordPress, you’ll be able to see some telltale signs, but to the average user, it looks like a slick website that probably cost us quite a bit of money. (It didn’t.)
Feel free to check out my church’s site, if you’d like. Of course, we’re still working out the kinks, still moving stuff here and there, still finding typos and other small mistakes, but the theme looks amazing!
I’ll close this review like this: I love Resurrect and wish that a similar theme was set up for bloggers/authors like myself. If you’re looking to build a WordPress site for your church, I’d freely recommend that you buy Resurrect from churchthemes.com.
Would you consider buying Resurrect for your site?
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