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Our Blog Goes Live

We’ve planned on having a blog from the very beginning. You may have seen the unofficial “launch post” for churchthemes.com late last year on my personal blog. If not, give Behind churchthemes.com a read. I was surprised at the feedback I got on that post. It showed me that people want to know what is going on behind a product. I’ve actually had people tell me that post was the reason they decided to buy Resurrect.

My experience with the unofficial “launch post” made me even more excited about starting a blog right here on churchthemes.com. I want this to be a place of connection between us and those who use or are considering using our themes. I also want it to be a continual sneak peek behind the scenes — an ongoing, interactive story — so you always know we’re here, listening and working hard for you. We want your feedback and we want to improve in every way.

So, what will this blog be about, exactly?

WordPress Saves You Money on a Website

A few days ago I was checking up on what some hosted website building services are doing. They’re something like WordPress as far as being “do it yourself” content management systems, but proprietary and hosted by their makers. Some are good solutions. I ran across one that is perhaps good but their marketing strategy was interesting. They had a page detailing all the reasons not to use WordPress, likely because WordPress solutions are significant competition.

I disagreed with much of what was written but one reason in particular stood out — the cost. Their premise was that WordPress is low cost and therefore a low quality solution that should be avoided, lest hidden costs and difficulties arise.

Behind churchthemes.com

Note: This article was originally published on my personal blog. It has since been archived here on the churchthemes.com blog.

We launched churchthemes.com and the Resurrect WordPress theme earlier this week.

There is not yet a blog at churchthemes.com (it was a greater priority to launch ASAP). If we did have one, I would have made an official-looking launch post. Instead, I want to share here on my personal blog about what’s behind the project. In short, I want to speak my mind about starting a business, development philosophy, pricing models, web hosting and marketing. And I want to tell it a bit like a tale.

It all started about one and a half years ago…

How to Prevent Spam in WordPress

We sell WordPress themes so naturally one question we repeatedly get from customers is…

What can I do about comment spam?

Automated spam is nothing new and since most WordPress sites allow commenting on at least blog posts, they become a target. Fortunately, there are simple measures that can be taken to keep this from becoming a massive problem. What follows is a three-fold approach that myself and others use to cut out nearly all spam with relatively little effort.

How to embed audio and video players in WordPress

WordPress 3.6 has been released and one of it’s best new features is the ability to embed audio and video players for uploaded media directly into post or page content. The excellent MediaElement.js JavaScript library is used to output an HTML5 or Flash player, depending on the browser and device, for near-total compatibility. This is a very well-regarded script and is now included in WordPress core for native functionality and for theme/plugin authors to leverage.

In preparing guides for the imminent churchthemes.com launch, I was surprised not to find multiple tutorials explaining to regular users how they can use this new feature. Just this morning I was asked by a customer if it was possible to show a player for an uploaded MP3 file. The answer a few weeks ago would have been to use a plugin. The answer today is yes, WordPress can do that. Here’s how.