Using Welcome for Church

Welcome for Church is driven by short-codes that you write directly on the page(s) where you want the splash screen to occur (which is usually your home page). The short code only has three parts so we will look at them together. Let’s use the following example short code

[welcome title=”Welcome to First Street Church” lead=”A Church Family on the Move”]

Before you finish browsing our site today I just want to take a moment to welcome you to First Street Church and I look forward to meeting you in person at one of our services! God bless you, – Pastor Bailey

[/welcome]

Let’s breakdown the short code into pieces and discuss

  • [welcome] Start your short code with the [welcome] bracket and immediately follow it with the closing [/welcome] so that you don’t forget later. Now you will just fill in the middle part.
  • Title= is obviously where you place your title. Pay attention to the quotations marks around the title and note where there are no spaces.
  • Lead= is like a subtitle. You can leave it out if you would rather. Remember the quotations and spaces
  • Content in the middle makes up the paragraph text. Keep it short so readers won’t skip it and close the banner.

That’s all there is to the short code but you can take your welcome screen to the next level by embedding items into the content using embed tags. Youtube videos are a perfect example. All you have to do is copy and paste the embed code from the youtube video into the content section and it will display on your welcome screen.

A Welcome screen can be added to any page or post where you place additional short codes but don’t get excessive. Most website visitors find pop-ups annoying after the second time (or even the first!). Use with moderation.

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