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Theme Updates for WordPress 4.9 Compatibility

WordPress 4.9

WordPress 4.9 has been released. We tested all of our themes and plugins with it before its public release and identified a couple of issues that needed to be addressed. As such, we released updates for all of our themes to keep things running smoothly on your church’s website. The Church Content plugin does not need an update as it is already compatible with WordPress 4.9.

Event Calendar Newsletter + Church Content Plugin

Event Calendar Newsletter is a WordPress plugin that makes it easy to share about events via your newsletter. It eliminates the need to copy and paste event details from your calendar into Mailchimp or your mailing list provider of choice. The plugin’s automation also reduces the risk of typos, something anybody who’s prepared a newsletter has fretted over.

Brian Hogg, developer of Event Calendar Newsletter, recently integrated our Church Content plugin with it. What this means is that churches using our plugin for events can very easily send out newsletters with details of upcoming events. Brian produced a video showing you exactly how this works. Have a look.

Update to Fix Background Video in Safari 11

Version 11 of Apple’s Safari desktop browser for macOS was released a few days ago. Apple made a change that affects how background video is automatically played. This broke background video in our Saved and Maranatha themes.

We’ve released Saved 1.1.1 and Maranatha 1.5.1 to fix this problem. An issue with Saved showing linked images with an underline was also fixed.

Making Renewals Easy

Renewing your theme and plugin licenses used to be a bit of a hassle. You’d get a notice to renew then have to log into your account and re-enter your credit card number before your license expires. We’ve made things a whole lot easier with automatic renewals.

8 Reasons to Try WP Church Host for Free Today

WP Church Host Desk

I am excited to formally introduce WP Church Host, our very own WordPress hosting service tailored specifically to churches. We’ve mentioned it in passing here and there. Now that we’ve had churches give it a good test for a year, we’re ready to tell all of our customers about it. Let me give you eight reasons to try it without having to leave your current host or pay until you’re convinced.

Hassle-free WordPress hosting for churches. That is our motto and this is how we accomplish it for you…

Church Content Plugin 1.8 – New Name

Church Content plugin version 1.8 has been released.

Wait, what’s the Church Content plugin? It is the plugin formerly known as “Church Theme Content” that our themes use. Over the years, we’ve seen the plugin called all kinds of things so we decided to simplify the name. The way it works has not changed, just the name – although there are other improvements in this release.

HTTPS for WordPress: Auto-enable SSL for Free

HTTPS for WordPress Cover

HTTPS for WordPress is critical today. Your WordPress site should always load via https:// instead of http:// because the HTTP protocol is inherently insecure. Installing an SSL certificate to enable HTTPS for WordPress can be costly and overly technical, but it doesn’t have to be. I’ll tell you how to use a free and automatic method so that you can easily begin serving WordPress securely.

Let’s cut to the chase. I’ll start by explaining how to auto-enable HTTPS for WordPress in three simple steps. You can keep reading after that to learn why HTTPS/SSL should be used on every site. In a nutshell, it’s a security necessity. WordPress recommends HTTPS and Google is penalizing sites that do not have an SSL certificate. The time to start using HTTPS on WordPress is now.

See Our New Theme, Saved

Saved Church WordPress Theme

There’s nothing more exciting for us than to launch a new WordPress theme for churches. We quietly released Saved last week and are making the big announcement today. This is hands-down our most sophisticated WordPress theme — yet it’s as easy to use as our existing line of themes. To make things even sweeter, we’re also offering a 25% discount to the first users (expired).