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Pricing Adjustments and the Future

It has been more than a year since churchthemes.com launched. We have had the privilege of helping many churches build a new website, for which we are very grateful. We have learned a lot.

Theme pricing has remained the same since launching. Our themes are not at the bottom of the pricing barrel nor are they the most expensive, but they are on the lower end ($30 to $100 being the general range for professional WordPress themes). It has been clear for several months that a price increase is necessary in order to continue meeting the needs of our customers while running a sustainable business.

Theme Updates for WordPress 4.1

WordPress 4.1 was released today and all of our themes have been updated for compatibility.

The new version of WordPress adds several features including distraction-free writing, plugin recommendations and an easier way of choosing a non-English language. Some of the inner workings of the Customizer were improved as well. Our themes take full advantage of this feature and require an update to keep things working smoothly.

We recommend all users update to the latest version of Exodus or Resurrect and WordPress 4.1.

Make Google Favor Your Church Website in Mobile Search Results

It is absolutely necessary for your church to have a mobile-friendly website.

According to KPCB Internet Trends, 25% of global web usage is on mobile devices — and the increase from last year alone has been nearly two-fold in some regions. Expect that trend to continue. Statista forecasts more than 200 million smartphone users in the U.S. by 2017. That’s virtually everyone. Google has said 65% of searches begin on mobile phones. That statistic blew me away.

Because of this, Google recently rolled out a new feature for their search engine that helps smartphone users identify which sites are more worth visiting in search results. A mobile-friendly church website is not only convenient for users but is also a factor in search engine optimization.

How to Add a Category with a Comma in WordPress

Most questions we get relate specifically to our themes and plugins but some are broadly related to WordPress. We think it would be a good idea to answer some of those general WordPress questions on our blog from time to time as a resource for the WordPress community.

A question like this came in today.

I don’t seem to be able to create a category with a comma in the title. “Faith, Hope and Love” becomes “Faith” as one category and “Hope and Love” as another.

The original question was related to adding a Sermon Series but we’ve reworded the question to make it applicable to WordPress blog categories. The problem and solution are the same no matter what taxonomy is used.

How Joe Built His Church’s New Website With Zero WordPress Experience

The Tabernacle Church

We love to see how churches are using our WordPress themes to build their new websites. What Joe Mendes has done with his church’s website really caught my eye. Joe is the Media Director at The Tabernacle, located in and around Clarksville, TN with multiple campuses. He had no prior experience with WordPress and yet he built something very nice with ease.

I had no experience working with WordPress when I took on the task of creating the new site. The good news; however, was the Resurrect theme had virtually no learning curve. Joe Mendes

Joe was generous with his time in allowing me to interview him for this latest of our Showcase posts. Learn from Joe what it’s like building a church website with one of our WordPress themes.

Getting Church Website Visitors Through Your Doors

Church Doors

Much work is done to prepare for Sunday morning. People show up and it’s worth it. But how many people are not showing up because your church website left them wanting?

Grey Matter Research conducted a study two years ago and found that millions of non-churchgoers visit church websites every year. A huge number of people visit church websites before church buildings so let’s make sure our websites are effective.