This plugin is really a great idea. By providing the framework for sermons, events,etc. that any theme can use, now you don't have to worry about finding yourself locked into one theme. The trend today is for premium themes to include functionality that is better left to plugins. That works fine until you change themes and have to start over.
I've used this with the Resurrect theme and with the new Marantha theme (which is awesome) and it has worked flawlessly. The development guide is thorough, and has enough information for theme developers to incorporate this into their work.
Great job! I hope this continues to catch on with more church theme developers.
This plugin is a really smart way for church theme creators to put the interests of churches first. This plugin stays minimal rather than bloating up. It provides only what you need to make Sermons portable from theme to theme and allows other themes/plugins to handle how those sermons are displayed. This allows for great variation in functionality while providing complete portability of sermons from theme-to-theme.
No theme will be used forever - and building sermon functionality (or ANY functionality that users will want to keep when they move) into a theme traps Churches who want to update their look and feel. This plugin does the opposite and sets them free to do what they need with their site with minimal frustration - creating a great group of themes that a user could easily migrate to.
With the plugin Post-Type and Meta variables built into a plugin, it makes it much simpler for churches to move to a new theme - and also speeds up the production of new Church Themes - which is good for everyone.
The documentation is also very good for this plugin and made it very easy to implement - although I did struggle with the built-in Event management. Regardless, there are many other great Event management plugins out there so it wasn't a requirement - as other plugins allow for portability as well.
This is another major advantage this plugin has: the choice to disable parts you don't need. I used the Sermon Functionality only and used other plugins to handle events. This flexibility is a big plus.
Steve has put a lot of work into building a helpful plugin that offers a tremendous framework --to borrow the term-- for launching a church website.
His custom post types just work, and because they are built the WordPress way they're extensible!
I'm working with his Exodus theme on my first project.
As I implement things I realize Steve has already built a template for it.
Already he has implemented features --as he's constantly developing his products-- that I'm wanting.
This can be used by a novice, but saves a developer a ton of time building custom post types and templates!
We just released a new theme based on this fantastic plugin
The plugin is brilliant in every way. Everything you could possibly want on your church site. Steve has seriously thought of it all. It was easy to use and develop for and the support was always right there if we needed it.
I just wanted to leave this review to thank you Steve, for bringing this to the public and for free as well, you really can't do better then this plugin.
I've been using this plugin the last 11 months while building my church theme shop. I've tried a lot of plugins since I started building WordPress websites during version 2.7 and believe me when I say this is as good as they come. It's easy to integrate, easy to customize and very well-written. Just browsing the source has taught me a lot.
Best of all, it really helps churches avoid the theme lock-in effect. I know that if I build themes that use this plugin, they can switch to a theme from churchthemes.com, ChurchThemes, ThemeBright (my own shop), or most any church theme on ThemeForest and their content will port over seamlessly.
Well done Steven. We need more plugins like this.
Before this plug-in came around I used to hardcode all this functionality into my themes. Now I skip all that just activate the church content plug-in and I'm good to go with a whole bunch of functionality. The plugin works really well and the developer is super responsive. Top marks
So good to see a plugin that focuses on handling data and leaving the display to the theme. Improves data portability for church related content and prevents theme lock-in. I wish more plugins and themes took such a great approach!
This plugin is wonderful. It's primary purpose it to standardize the content and custom post types for content that is typical of churches and ministries to avoid lock-in, which happens when every developer tries to do things their own way. The team at ChurchThemes.com took the theme market a big step forward with the creation of this plugin and correlating framework. Thanks!
This plugin is awesome and like a role model! Its concept is as simple as it is genius: put all functionality stuff in a "little" plugin, but let all styling (CSS and such) come from any theme that supports this plugin. (And there's a growing number of themes which do just that.)
So everything goes hand in hand. That's the way it should be. The day you change, remove or delete your current theme, NO functionality or even content will be lost. The only thing that might happen a bit that you might find some unstyled content here and there. However, this could be changed with another (supporting) theme (or some CSS tweaks). And be sure, the day you switch your theme will come sooner than later. Trust me on this!
Most important: your data & content will be safe with this plugin, as are the features, just because all is hold by the plugin.
The offered content types via this plugin -- sermons, events, locations and persons -- are all well thought out and enhanced with some useful features. Yes, not all features, but some that are useful to the majority of the primary use case: websites for churches.
All of the above I did write based on my experiences over the years. Steven, the plugin author (and author of great church themes), really cares for the code, the functionality and the support. He is a kind of a developer I can only recommend, as he also cares for the topic of translations (unlike a lot of other developers, sadly).
Go, use this plugin! It is NOT ONLY useful for church websites, but for churches particularly!
Well done, thank you again!
--Dave from Germany :)
This, quite simply, is best in field for WordPress based church websites. The code base is rock solid, and the fact that churchthemes has released this free to the public shows how supportive they are of the church community.
The developers intend this to become the standard for church websites upon which all church-related themes are built, preventing theme lock-in across the board. I fully support their aim and hope that all church theme builders embrace Church Theme Content.
Great work churchthemes and all the best.
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