Customize Your Site

This is where the magic happens!

Launch the customizer from the dashboard menu Appearance > Customize. There are several important options to change so let’s work through them one at a time.

Site Identity: Enter your church name and a tagline (motto, etc.) If you use a logo image on your header (recommended) this information is strictly for your broswer and the search engines.

Logo Image: We highly recommend you use a logo image instead of text for your header. The demo site features a logo image which is 255px x 102px as an example.

Service Times display prominently on the home page

Connect: add your church’s Twitter and/or Facebook urls here. If you do not enter anything no icons will appear.

Custom Footer Text allows you the option of changing the right footer (default is “Theme by WP for Church”)

Menus gives you access to create both Primary menus (displayed in the header next to the logo) and Footer menus (displayed towards the bottom of the page).

Widgets have two options: Home and Footer. The Home widget displays beneath the home page text near the bottom of the page. In the demo we use this widget to display three attractive image links (announcements, gospel, prayer). It is recommended to use three widgets to take advantage of the three column layout in this area. The Footer widget is a four column layout located–as you might guess–at the bottom of every page.

Static Front Page is the most important option even though it is last. Select the radio button “a static page” and then set the “Front Page” to be the home page that you just created earlier. If you intend to have a blog on your church website (i.e. Pastor’s Blog or Church News) you select that page as the “Posts Page”

NOTE: If you like the layout of the cornerstone demo site and would like to import the demo content into your site as filler, you can download the export file here. During import, make sure to check the option to download and import media attachments so that all of the images are included.

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