Genesis Church in Spokane, WA used WordPress in the design of their new church website. They used the Life Site Template (not a WordPress theme) from ThemeForest.net. Pastor Josh indicated that the footer was customized and the site template has not easily worked with some plugins but clearly it has made for an excellent look.
Parkside Baptist Church in Mesquite, TX uses WordPress. They used the Resolution Theme featured on this site a couple days ago. Resolution can be purchased for $35 from ThemeForest.net. A home page builder comes with the Resolution theme and Parkside made good use of the jQuery slider and the six content boxes for their home page.
Resolution is a WordPress theme from THB Themes that works well for churches. It’s clean, simple, has unlimited sidebars and colors, uses Google fonts, custom widgets, custom post types and 2 jQuery slideshows. It’s available for $35 at ThemeForest.net. On Thursday we’ll feature a church that used this theme for their site for an excellent look and feel.
WPforChurch has released a new Sermon Manager plugin for your WordPress Church Website. It is designed to help churches easily publish sermons online. You can add speakers, sermon series, Bible references etc. Sermons can have audio files, as well as pdf, doc, ppt, etc adding to them. Video embeds from sites like Vimeo are also possible.
If you need to register for the support forums, use the invite code “sermons”.
One thing I never loved about WordPress was the admin layout. It was functional but I hated having to scroll to see all the links on the left and I didn’t like the default Dashboard view. The Dashboard view was easy to fix because I just collapse the boxes I don’t care about and move things around so the Right Now, Recent Comments and Incoming Links boxes are my primary view. To fix the the other issue I had, I needed a plugin.
Fluency Admin is a plugin written by Dean Robinson to clean up the admin interface and allow you to customize the look, including colors. I love it because it tightens up the Admin links on the left and creates a rollover menu out of all of them. I can get to all of them quickly and easily.
Two things to note:
- Sometimes when you install Fluency Admin for the first time you can get an error when it goes to activate the plugin, saying it doesn’t have valid headers. No worries, just go back to get to the Plugins screen again and activate it from there and you should be good to go.
- The latest version of WP conflicts with the latest version of Fluency on some views. It hasn’t been a huge problem for me, but one of the WP notifications covers the search box on some pages. Dean is working on resolving that to be compatible with WP 3.2.