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WordPress Users: Avoid the Theme Lock-in Effect

WordPress Theme Lock-in Effect

How easy will it be for you to switch WordPress themes in the future? Most theme users probably don’t ask themselves this question. Why would you? WordPress lets you switch themes with a few clicks so things should work smoothly. But that’s only the case if your theme was developed following WordPress standards in order to avoid the lock-in effect.

Much has been written for WordPress theme developers on the lock-in effect while hardly anything has been aimed at theme users like you to explain what the lock-in effect is and how to avoid it. I feel this is necessary because there are still many themes built without consideration for your ability to switch in the future.

One Giveaway Ends, Another Begins and Free Lightstock Photos for All

The Church Website Tools giveaway has ended and the three winners have been contacted. Thank you to all who participated in the giveaway. We’re excited to see the winners’ new church websites powered by the Exodus WordPress theme and polished with Lightstock‘s church-focused photos.

Not one of the winners? Here’s some help…

Win a Copy of Exodus with Stock Photos and Professional Setup

Update: This giveaway has ended. Read the recap.

Pastor Brad Vos of ChurchWP has organized the Church Website Tools giveaway. Three copies of our new Exodus theme are up for grabs along with 150 Lightstock photo credits and professional website setup.

Earn multiple entries by taking actions such as joining our newsletters, following us on Twitter, making a tweet about the giveaway and sharing on Facebook. You can tweet every day for additional entries. You get more entries when people enter after clicking your tweets and shares. Three winners will be selected after the entry period ends on May 19.

You can enter the giveaway directly from this post.

Exodus Has Arrived

It’s flat, it’s wide and it’s now available. Give our newest church WordPress theme a look.

Exodus has the same church-focused features as our first theme but with a very different style. Our goal is to offer a wide variety of themes for churches so that there is something to suit every need. Resurrect is geared toward churches that want a sort of urban feel while Exodus is designed to have more of a modern, mainstream appeal.

Exodus Church WordPress Theme

Two things that stand out are its flat design and wide layout.

Toronto Church Website Refreshed With Urban Design

Every Nation GTA Website

Every Nation GTA was one of the first churches to use the Resurrect theme when we launched a few months ago. Located in downtown Toronto, the theme’s urban-inspired design is suited to their church’s personality. They have done a fine job organizing their content and giving their website a polished look with the insertion of their logo and the use of quality photography.

Today you will meet the men responsible and hear how they utilized WordPress and our theme for their new church website.

We’ve had great feedback from those within our church and even those not part of a church at all. It is a stylish, yet simple design… Richard Kidger, Associate Pastor

Nine Things You Should Do After Building Your WordPress Site

WordPress Site To Do List

You heard about WordPress and how great it is for building just about any type of website. You picked a great theme to make your site look the way you want and installed a few plugins to make it do the things you need. Finally, you added your content and launched the site. All done, right?

Not so fast.

Give attention to the following essentials before you consider your WordPress site complete. They don’t take much time but are often overlooked.

A Brazilian Church’s Resurrect-powered Website and Interview with Daniel Gardner

Presentation of Igreja Batista Parque Industrial's Resurrect-powered website

Presentation of Igreja Batista Parque Industrial’s new website

In our first Showcase post, we take a look at how a church in Brazil is using our Resurrect WordPress theme for their new church website.

Daniel Gardner built Igreja Batista no Parque Industrial‘s website and was kind enough to let us interview him. He is part of Ministre, an organization with the goal of helping churches in Brazil build websites and distribute sermons. They contributed the Portuguese translation included with Resurrect and the Church Theme Content plugin that other churches are now benefiting from.