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Last month I took a look at what was available for Churches to use to power their website using specialist Church WordPress themes, I was quite impressed with what was on offer but one company which stood out to me was Church Themer. I liked the contemporary look to their themes and they seemed to have some good features that are essential to running a Church community website. The company behind Church Themer is Mint Themes, who have a range of premium WordPress themes – they have kindly granted me access to their catalogue so I can do some in-depth reviews, for this post I will be looking at their Moses theme.

Install the Theme

Once you have purchased and download the theme zip file from ChurchThemer, upload to your WordPress site and visit “Appearance” > “Themes” and you will see the theme listed, click the “Activate” link :

You will see the theme has added some new menu options – News, Events, Sermons and Theme Options. Let’s take a look through at each of them.

Configure the Theme Options

The Moses theme uses a customized version of the Options Framework for their theme options panel which is a solid. The first section is called “General Settings” and this contains the usual stuff like logo and favicon uploads, address & phone number and office / worship times which get added into the theme.

Homepage Slider

The next tab is for the homepage slider, this is 940px wide by 340px high and can contain up to six images. You also have a options to link the images to any url and provide a title / description for each slide.

3 Home Page Images

The next tab you can enter 3 images which appear on the homepage with accompanying text and link through to where ever you like again :

Social Links

The next tab down is called “Social Links” and this is where you define your account usernames for :

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Flickr
  • Feedburner

Sermon Podcast Settings

Sermon Podcast settings is where you can define various things such as Podcast title & Subtitle, Author, Description, An Image for it and which category to post it in.

Styling Options

The final tab in the theme options is “Styling Options” – here you can enter any custom CSS code that is required and pick between 5 different pre-configured stylesheets :

  • Minimal
  • Grunge
  • Green Grunge
  • Dark Red Glossy
  • Blue Glossy

Adding News

The theme uses custom post types to add news to the site, so adding news is an easy process using a standard post editor :

The news then appears on the homepage looking like so :

Adding an Event

Adding an event to the site is the same as adding news except at the bottom of the post editor there are 2 extra options for you to add the address and a google map link :

Adding a Sermon

Again adding a sermon is a similar process but this has the options to add the URL to the sermon in .MP3 and .OGG format along with the Sermon authors name :

Conclusion

This is a really easy theme to configure, it’s not overloaded with theme options like some themes so an average user should be able to get a decent-looking site up and running fairly quickly. The design is very contemporary and contains 5 different colored versions and coupled with the logo upload facility it should be easy enough to customise to make your church website a bit more unique.


Author:

Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, a small internet company based in the UK. Kooc Media runs several high-profile websites including WPLift, ThemeFurnace and DesignersTalk.

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