Future of the Sermon Manager plugin (Roadmap Inside)

Well, it’s been around 3 months since we took over WP for Church and wow has it been an amazing journey so far. Here are just some things we were able to accomplish (praise God): Launch several new versions of the Sermon Manager addressing much needed bug requests and issues Respond to around 100 support requests Revamp and re-launch WP for Church with a brand new website and logo Release of an amazing new theme called Multiply, built on what we think is the best theme framework around. Seen Sermon…

A fresh start for WP for Church

As you (hopefully) know by now, WP for Church was recently acquired and is now under new ownership…us 🙂 We have had the privilege of taking this business on board and it’s something we’re very excited about. We think WordPress is an amazing platform and more than that, we think Churches ought to be as effective as possible in reaching people with the life saving (and changing) news of Jesus Christ. This is our first blog post as the new owners and we wanted to say hi and let you…

Using your church website to grow your Children’s Ministry

Minimalism is so in right now.  Designers the world over are agreeing that less is definitely more, and we’re seeing clean, scaled back designs everywhere, from websites to business cards to wedding invites.  We’re getting rid of the clutter and bringing things back to their beautiful basics. Even in the way we write; blogs are shorter, webpages have less words on them, it’s all about capturing someone’s interest using a few, carefully chosen sentences.  And this is great!  …Most of the time… Churches, too, are jumping on the minimalist bandwagon,…

Your Event Design Checklist

Christmas is coming! Which means so is all the crazy that comes with Christmas events, outreach nights, carols services, gingerbread evenings, holiday clubs, Christmas services, festivals, dinners, parties and everything else we’ve grown to expect from churches at Christmas time. All these great events need to be promoted, both to your church and your community, so visually appealing and engaging design is key to making sure your events are noticed. A wide array of promotional material will need to be created in order to effectively promote your events, so to…

Church Websites Part #1 – Know Your Audience (and how to engage them)

The internet has varying ideas as to how long the average user remains on a website. Some studies tell us that the majority of web users only stay browsing a website for 15 seconds unless something captures their attention. Other studies are a little more generous, bumping up user engagement length to 59 seconds. This article claims you only have 10 precious seconds to capture your user’s interest before they move onto another website. We may never know the true statistic, but one thing we know for certain is that…

Church Websites Part #2 – Sustainability (setting realistic goals)

Hopefully you’ve already had a chance to read through Part #1 of this series.  If you weren’t already, we hope that by now you’re absolutely convinced of your church’s need to not simply have an active website, but a website that strategically caters to the specific audiences who visit your site. A website that gives relevant, clear, uncluttered, accessible information in the hope that many will join your church community. Sounds exciting, right? But the problem is, this kind of website is not created overnight. Many hours of thought, planning,…

Church Websites Part #3 – A Framework (putting all your content together!)

We’ve done lots of thinking about who our website is for, and what we want to include on our website. Now it’s time to think about where it’s all going to go. At the start of this training guide, we began by saying that easy navigation is one of the key reasons people stay on a website. If it’s hard for the user to find what they’re looking for or navigate their way around, they’re unlikely to remain on your website for long. It’s always better to do things correctly…

Giving made easy — Tithe.ly Review

Jesus tells us in his Word that giving is a joy — that we should do it cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7), that to give is a blessing (Acts 20:35) and that we should give in the same way in which we have received from God (Matthew 10:8). Giving is a good thing. The very fact that we can give is a gift from God. So this week, we want to showcase an organisation who is making it just that little bit easier for Christians to give to their church. Tithe.ly is a…

Creating a great Staff Page on your church website (Part #1)

Whenever I visit a church website, one of the first pages I like to visit is the Staff page. Utilising a page like this is a great way for churches to introduce their staff or ministry team. People love reading about how their pastor is an ordinary person with a real family and real hobbies, just like them. A Staff Page is also a great way to introduce a church’s unsung heroes like the receptionist or bookkeeper. These people may not be up the front every week, but without them,…

Creating a great Staff Page on your church website (Part #2)

In a previous post we looked at why it’s a good idea to have a Staff Page on your church website. We also looked at some ways to improve user experience on your church website, by taking great photos of your pastors and ministry team for your Staff Page. But a page with some photos and names isn’t going to be much help to anybody. The key to an effective Staff Page is not just each person having a great photo — it’s having a great bio to go along with it. To…

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