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Tutorials

Get the most out of WordPress and our themes with these in-depth tutorials.

How to Fix “This page didn’t load Google Maps correctly” Error

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Are you seeing “This page didn’t load Google Maps correctly” in place of maps on your website? This error has become a lot more common since Google Maps started requiring an API key on June 22, 2016 (after about 10 years of allowing keyless use). If you started using Google Maps on your website on or after that date then you will need to sign up for and implement a free API key (older users still do not need a key).

Google has not made setting up an API key a very user-friendly process. Their interface is geared towards developers. As such, many users have trouble correctly creating a key. This guide is not just for our WordPress theme and plugin users but for anybody on the Internet who wants to know how to fix the “This page didn’t load Google Maps correctly” error on their website.

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 to Add Social Share Buttons to Your Church Website

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Update: We no longer recommend this plugin. It was acquired and the new owner made changes we are not happy with. See our new recommendation.

When someone enjoys a sermon or blog post on your church website, will they share it on Twitter or Facebook?

Make it easy for them to share by adding social share buttons to your content. The easier something is for someone, the more likely they’ll do it. The mere presence of social sharing buttons also acts as a suggestion to people who otherwise would not have considered sharing your church’s content.

I’ll show you how to add social sharing buttons to your church website.

Using a Real WordPress Cron Job for Increased Reliability

Sometimes it is useful to setup a real cron job to ensure that scheduled WordPress core and plugin maintenance gets done. There are things that happen automatically behind the scenes that keep your site running as expected (publishing scheduled posts, for example). This usually works fine but in some cases tasks may not run reliably. Here’s how to solve that.

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 two-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.