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Maintenance Releases — Going 100% SSL

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All of our themes and plugins have been updated. The changes include minor improvements and bug fixes. Go to Dashboard > Updates to update. We recommend always running the latest version of your theme, plugins and WordPress for a more stable and secure website. If you haven’t updated to WordPress 4.5 yet, this is a good time (our themes and plugins are compatible).

The primary reason for these maintenance releases relates to our switching to 100% SSL here on churchthemes.com. Now all pages use the https protocol instead of http. This means all data transferred between your browser and our website is encrypted. We formerly used SSL only on sensitive pages like your account area, payment screen and contact form. Now the entire site is covered and we’re one of only 6.5% of sites that score an A+ on SSL security.

Maranatha: Beautifully Innovative New Theme

Maranatha Church WordPress Theme

Maranatha has come.

After many months of design, development and testing, our newest WordPress theme for churches is available. We celebrated our two year anniversary last month and have learned much from working with thousands of churches since launching. Maranatha is the result of what we’ve learned churches and church website visitors really need.

Maranatha has all the same core features as our other WordPress themes such as sermons, events, people and locations. Let me explain the innovations that make Maranatha different and better.

Major Theme Updates Released

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All of our themes have received a major update. It is important to update to the newest version before WordPress 4.4 is released in order to avoid the possibility of seeing an error. This is not only a compatibility update, though. There have been improvements made to sermon media downloading, a new email field for locations, translation improvements, performance optimizations and more. Read on to find out what’s new.

Introducing the Translation Incentive Program

Translation Incentive Program

As you may know, our themes are translation-ready. This means they can be translated into languages other than English. We’ve had several generous users share their translations for the benefit of other churches who speak their language. There are many, many languages spoken in this world so we can’t include too many translations with our themes. That’s why we’ve introduced the Translation Incentive Program to encourage more contributions.

Sneak Peek of Our Next Church Theme

We’ve been hard at work on our next church theme and are close enough to finishing it to give you a taste. Here are a few screenshots to give you a feel for its design. Notable features are a long homepage with a custom background for each section and a “sticky” menu that stays in view as the visitor scrolls. Circular buttons give this theme its special character.

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