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

Podcast Your Sermons with Church Content Pro (Reach More People)

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Creating a sermon podcast can help your church reach more people online. Our new Church Content Pro plugin makes it really easy for you to automatically syndicate your sermons via your own podcast on iTunes and Google Play. Let me show you how to set things up so that every time you publish a new sermon it goes to your podcast subscribers. New subscribers can discover you by searching with iTunes or Google Play.

Already have a podcast using Feedburner? I’ll show you how to replace your Feedburner-powered podcast with Church Content Pro so you can podcast straight from your WordPress feed to iTunes and Google Play.

HTTPS for WordPress: Auto-enable SSL for Free

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HTTPS for WordPress is critical today. Your WordPress site should always load via https:// instead of http:// because the HTTP protocol is inherently insecure. Installing an SSL certificate to enable HTTPS for WordPress can be costly and overly technical, but it doesn’t have to be. I’ll tell you how to use a free and automatic method so that you can easily begin serving WordPress securely.

Let’s cut to the chase. I’ll start by explaining how to auto-enable HTTPS for WordPress in three simple steps. You can keep reading after that to learn why HTTPS/SSL should be used on every site. In a nutshell, it’s a security necessity. WordPress recommends HTTPS and Google is penalizing sites that do not have an SSL certificate. The time to start using HTTPS on WordPress is now.

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 an 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.

Twenty Video Tutorials

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If you follow us on social media or subscribe to our newsletter, you know that we’ve been producing video tutorials. We’re happy to announce that they’re done and ready.

Now you can find 20 video tutorials peppered throughout our Guides. Most videos are about five minutes in length. They show you exactly what to do, step by step. You can find a complete listing on the Video Tutorials page.

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.

How to Prevent Spam in WordPress

If you’re WordPress site has had a blog for any amount of time then you’ve probably asked your self this question.

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.