Who this is for
This plugin is intended for a very specific audience. If you are not one of the below then this plugin will not be useful to you.
- Users of official themes from churchthemes.com
- Users of third-party themes from other providers made specifically for this plugin
- Theme developers wanting to improve data portability for church sites
What it does
It enables users to manage sermons, events, people and locations to be displayed by a compatible theme.
Experienced WordPress developers agree that functionality like this does not belong in themes since themes are intended only for controlling the appearance of a WordPress site. Content that users might expect to take with them if they switch themes should “live” in a plugin in order to avoid theme lock-in. Similarly, our approach is not to present content using the plugin since themes offer more control for that purpose. This is why a compatible theme is required.
A compatible theme is required for presenting content.
- Official themes are provided by churchthemes.com
- Third-party themes are listed at churchthemes.com/third-party-themes
Users can optionally install add-ons for additional features.
- Custom Recurring Events
- More add-ons are planned…
Please see the Developer Guide on churchthemes.com for notes on developing themes that use this plugin. A couple benefits are that you will save time and be helping to accomplish better data portability among church websites powered by WordPress.
You can follow development on GitHub.
Several translations are available, including English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Norwegian, Serbian and Slovak. See the Translations section in the plugin’s user guide for a more complete list. Also see translate.wordpress.org.
- Log into your WordPress admin area
- Go to Plugins > Add New
- Search for Church Theme Content
- Click Install Now for the plugin
- Click Activate Plugin after installation
Please see our Plugin Installation guide for additional information.
- Can I use this plugin with any theme?
No, a theme made specifically for use with this plugin is necessary for displaying content. Please see Who this is for in the plugin description.
- Can I make a theme that uses this plugin?
Yes, please see the Developer Guide.
- How can I make an event recur in a special way?
The plugin includes basic recurring events (monthly, weekly and yearly). Install the Custom Recurring Events add-on for recurrence like “every two weeks” and “third Sunday of every month”.
- How can I make content show differently?
Please contact the author of your theme. This plugin handles the management of content in a way friendly to both users and theme developers. The presentation of content is done entirely by the theme.
Great plugin – has everything you need for your church site and integrates seamlessly with themes from ChurchThemes.com (which is the main point of course).
The fact that this plugin allows you to move your content from one theme to another without losing any of it, just makes so much sense. Very well executed.
The code is well thought out and extremely easy to work with. If you are building a church website or creating a church WordPress theme, this plugin is simply indispensable. Easy to integrate and powerful content tools make it a perfect foundation for any church website.
This is the best plugin I’ve ever used and implemented to a church theme. As a developer of church WordPress theme (one of my initial theme is Wise Church WordPress theme), I find it very useful and speeds up the development time instead of creating a new plugin.
Thank you Steven for providing a lot of effort with this plugin, and I am willing to contribute with this theme in some other ways.
I’ve been using the Exodus church theme for some time now and love it. It ticks all the boxes for what I want when it comes to managing content for a church website. Great work guys!
We have just completed building out a new site at allsaintsepping.org with Church Theme’s Maranatha and the Church Theme Content plugin. This was the most complex site I had ever built and Steven was fantastic where I would email him one day (from Sydney) and he would always reply over night – even when it was dubious if it was something concerning his stuff. The site now looks fantastic and I think gives us a platform for growth for the next few years. Well done Steven and thank you!
I’ve used this plugin in a bunch of websites…works great! That is, it works great for sites that it is designed for. The theme you use must be compatible with this plugin, which is unfortunately a shorter list that I would like to see.
Contributors & Developers
“Church Theme Content” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.Contributors
Interested in development?
See releases on GitHub.