Besides typical church services (experiences etc), every church, every now and then, will run an event. These events vary. Some are for specific groups or interests, and others more general. Conferences are a great example of a deviation from ‘typical’ events. Some events required registration and payment. After Setting up a WordPress event website, I thought this post might be helpful for others.
I have been building websites since I was in seventh grade, which was two decades ago – a fact that I’d rather not dwell on. Back then, I did everything the hard way: HTML 3.0 coding. My only visual cues coming in the way of Microsoft Frontpage, which should tell you a lot. Eventually, I found my way to WordPress, and I’ve never looked back.
Recently, I’ve started building websites for churches, and in my work, I came across a theme I’d never seen before, so I thought I share it with you.
Restore Church Theme is a WordPress theme designed by Mint Plugins. I found it looking for a theme that was compatible with the Church Theme Content plugin, and I have to say that I liked a lot of what I saw.
One of the biggest difficulties for church’s to overcome when building a website is gathering content. The second flows right out of it: how to present and organize that content. So many websites die on the first count that it’s hard to criticize the survivors on the second.
Hard. Not impossible.
Some of these websites look like books printed out of order, and what’s so infuriating is that they don’t have to, especially if they’re WordPress sites.
If you’re a regular blogger or responsible for scheduling blog posts for your personal, ministry, or church blog, I’m sure you’re familiar with the maze of clicks you’re required to follow to make it to the Scheduled Posts screen.
Scheduled Post Shortcut
This is their second plugin release, following Eaiser Excerpts, now let’s take a closer look at Scheduled Post Shortcut.
A while back I picked up a WordPress theme which has some interesting functions baked into it. I used it for a good while but over time the appearance started to look very dated and development slowed on the theme. After a while I decided it was time to switch to a different theme but I found myself trapped. I had used some of the features (including custom post types) that we baked into the theme. By changing theme, I’d lose all those posts, some of which had great SEO value.
A similar but less dramatic situation with our church website, as we looked to update the theme we came across some functionality, including certain custom post types, that were linked to the theme. This meant that if we changed theme, we’d lose some of the settings.
This is why it is important to choose correctly when to use a theme and when to use a plugin in WordPress.
After years of being unhappy with our social sharing plugins, I’ve found a WordPress social sharing plugin for ChurchMag that makes me happy.
For a while we used the default Jetpack offering – yuck – and then I began to use an alternative solution. But shortly after, Twitter pulled their support for showing Twitter counts.
But wait, let me back up for a second, I’m getting ahead of myself here.