Two new features have been added to the Church Theme Content plugin with the release of version 1.6. One makes maps easier to generate and the other helps you link our to a third-party event registration service. Here’s a quick summary of each feature.
“Get From Address” Button
When you add an event or location, there has always been an Address field. There are also fields for Latitude and Longitude. When coordinates are entered, the theme can show a map. Until now, you had to enter your address into a form on another website to get the latitude and longitude coordinates for the map. That worked fine but was a bit cumbersome. Now you can just click the “Get From Address” button and the Latitude and Longitude fields will be autofilled.
The Latitude and Longitude fields can still be edited in the rare case that Google Map’s geocoding is not precise enough (ie. the marker does not appear directly over your location). We’re now recommending NASA’s Latitude/Longitude Finder for those cases. It lets you zoom in and click on the map to get a location’s precise coordinates.
Event Registration URL
Galen Gidman contributed a Registration URL field to the plugin. Our themes will support this shortly so that you will be able to enter a URL to a registration form provided by your church management system or a service like EventBrite. Our themes will show a button for registration that directs users to your third-party form.
This is an alternative to embedding a form directly into your event’s content using a shortcode. We updated our tips on Event Registration to cover both methods.
If you’re a theme developer, the new field to add support for is
_ctc_event_registration_url (see the Developer Guide).
Updating to 1.6
To update to 1.6, go to Dashboard > Updates. This is recommended for all users.
Right now we’re working on significant updates to all of our themes then we’ll focus our attention entirely on finishing another new church WordPress theme.