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— Ivaylo Zhelev What They Say


This guide covers features that are unique to Maranatha and not covered in the general guides.


See the Maranatha Homepage guide.

Content Notes


Maranatha features a single-column content area. The width and font size are carefully designed for optimal readability. Important elements like images, blockquotes and galleries extend outward for a dramatic effect (example). When a wider content area is desired, the Wide Content page template can be used. Certain pages use it automatically (such as the event calendar).


The clutter and mobile-unfriendliness of a sidebar is eliminated. Instead, an auto-generated section navigation appears below the header. This compact navigation replaces the most common sidebar widgets. When widgets are desired, they can be placed in the theme’s footer area.

Maranatha Archive Dropdown

Image Sizes

Most admin areas that accept an image upload show the size that the image will be cropped/resized to. For absolute control, you can manually resize your images before uploading.

300×50 is the maximum recommended size. Use a transparent PNG. The image is resized to 30 pixels in height when the “sticky bar” is present after scrolling.

The logo image is not resized upon uploading so it is important to resize it beforehand. You may want to read the HiDPI Logo instructions as well.


Images appearing in the header are 1600×400. The default header image is set in the Customizer. Each page or post can have its own image of the same size that will override the default. These images are also shown on lists of posts at one-half size.

Homepage Section

Homepage section (CT Section widget) images are cropped to 1680×1050. If you upload a larger image it will be resized and cropped. For the best result, precisely size your image before uploading and compress it to under 200 KB in file size (for faster loading).


The image set on a person is resized/cropped to 240×240.

Highlight Widget

The CT Highlight widget can be used in the footer widget area. It’s size is 768×512.


Gallery photos and photos embedded in content can be any size and the theme will show a resized version for more optimal viewing but the originals are stored on the server. Since digital camera photos can be several megabytes, you may want to resize photos to no more than 1024×1024 before uploading.


The following Translations are included in the theme’s languages folder. Translations for the Church Content plugin are listed on the plugin page.

Demo Media

The photos and videos used in the theme’s demo are not licensed for distribution and not included with the theme. You can obtain your own licenses if you are interested in using any them on your site. See our Stock Photo Recommendations for others.


Lightstock sells Christian-themed stock photography.




Unsplash photos are free to use.


Common Questions


Please see the Updates guide for instructions on how to update the theme.

1.7 (December 5, 2018)

Compatibility Update: This release adds support for WordPress 5.0 and its new Gutenberg editor. Read Ready for WordPress 5.0’s “Gutenberg” Editor on our blog to learn how to prepare for Gutenberg.

  • Update framework to 2.4.8 (including changes in 2.4.7)
  • Add support for WordPress 5.0’s new “Gutenberg” editor (compatibility)
  • Make sermon.net embeds responsive
  • Fix undefined variable note on Media edit attachment

1.6.2 (October 11, 2018)

Blog Post: Theme and Plugin Maintenance Releases

  • Update framework to 2.4.6
  • Fix possibility of improper “Every Weeks” and “Every Months” wording in recurrence notes
  • Fix CT Events widget not respecting category selection
  • Avoid jQuery UI Datepicker conflicts

1.6.1 (October 5, 2018)

Also See: Church Content Pro Released, New Packages Available

  • Update framework to 2.4.5.
  • Fix buttons in Appearance > Widgets not working (rename admin-body.php back to admin-enqueue-scripts.php).
  • Prevent PHP undefined ‘notice’ variable on license expiration notice.

1.6 (October 1, 2018)

Compatibility Update: This release adds support for Church Content Pro and the beta version of WordPress’s new Gutenberg editor (Classic Editor still recommended for live sites until WordPress 5.0). It also addresses changes in WordPress 4.9.x.

Blog Post: Church Content Pro Released, New Packages Available

  • Update framework to 2.4.4 (including changes in 2.3, 2.4, 2.4.1, 2.4.2 and 2.4.3).
  • Add support for Church Content Pro add-on features.
  • Add experimental support for beta version of Gutenberg editor.
  • Make Ustream embeds responsive.
  • Make “Expiring Soon” license notice show 7 days prior to expiration (formerly 30 days).
  • Fix breadcrumbs conflict with Yoast Premium Prominent Words.
  • Prevent conflict with AppPresser relating to theme updates.
  • Grandfather basic recurrence for existing sites (Pro required for new sites).
  • Make wording for sermons, events, etc. use functions filtered by Pro settings.
  • Avoid various errors when Church Content plugin inactive.
  • Style comment cookie consent checkbox added in WordPress 4.9.6 (compatibility).
  • Adjust styling for updated media player in WordPress 4.9 (compatibility).
  • Add German and Norwegian translations; update language files.

1.5.2 (November 15, 2017)

Compatibility Update: This update maintains compatibility with WordPress 4.9 in multiple ways. It is recommended that all users update to keep the audio player appearing as intended and to prevent errors when switching themes.

Blog Post: Theme Updates for WordPress 4.9 Compatibility

  • Update framework to 2.2.2 (including changes in 2.2 and 2.2.1).
  • Adjust styling to accommodate WordPress 4.9’s updated audio/video player (compatibility).
  • Prevent errors when live previewing theme in Customizer and when switching themes (compatibility).
  • Update language files.

1.5.1 (October 3, 2017)

Compatibility Update: This update resolves a compatibility issue with the Safari browser.

Blog Post: Update to Fix Background Video in Safari 11

  • Fix: Safari 11 update broke background video (compatibility).

1.5 (September 12, 2017)

Compatibility Update: This update has changes addressing compatibility with newer versions of WordPress. Update both the theme and WordPress for the best experience.

Blog Post: Maintenance Updates for All Themes

  • Update framework to 2.1.1 (includes 2.0 and 2.1, which are more significant).
  • New: Prevent possibility of updating theme with another same-named theme from WordPress.org.
  • New: Support new ctfw-loop-after-content-used framework feature.
  • New: Add Romanian translation by Dan Beltechi.
  • New: Add Norwegian / Nynorsk (nn_NO) translation by Jostein Fauske.
  • Tweak: Update theme updater class from Easy Digital Downloads Software Licensing – now unmodified.
  • Tweak: Replace instances of “Church Theme Content” with “Church Content” – plugin renamed.
  • Tweak: Improve wording on update notice.
  • Tweak: Update Superfish from 1.7.6 to 1.7.9 (menu dropdowns).
  • Tweak: Move Additional CSS to bottom of Customizer.
  • Tweak: Strip tags on output of text logo in case switch from theme that allows HTML.
  • Fix: Make date ranges on event lists use abbreviations in same manner as single-day events.
  • Fix: Apply changes to reduce lines between gallery items at certain resolutions.
  • Fix: Showing section widget video field only on first section in Customizer with newer versions of WordPress (compatibility).
  • Fix: Stripping HTML in Logo Text in Customizer preview.
  • Fix: Prevent Edge browser interfering with phone styling.
  • Fix: Custom Menus widget styling was incorrect.
  • Fix: Disable ctfw-body-classes support; not used with this theme.

1.4 (November 7, 2016)

Blog Post: Video Background Added to Maranatha

  • Update framework to 1.9
  • Add support for video background in first CT Section widget on homepage
  • Change “Image Opacity” field to “Opacity” now that it applies to images and video
  • Sidestep issue with homepage scroll arrow being misaligned in Microsoft Edge browser
  • Update language files

1.3.1 (September 27, 2016)

  • Update framework to 1.8.6
  • Automatically set permalink structure to “Post name” when sample content imported (sample content uses this format)

1.3 (September 7, 2016)

Blog Post: New Features for All Themes

  • Update framework to 1.8.5 (includes changes in and 1.8.4)
  • Add “Register” button to event when new Registration URL field is used
  • Make soundfaith.com embeds responsive
  • Add Swedish translation by Robert Granat
  • Add Montserrat font to logo, menu, heading
  • Make ‘Expiring Soon’ admin notice a warning (orange) and not error (red)
  • Update admin notices to use new class names
  • Add Polylang support to CT Archives widget
  • Improve notice to install Church Content plugin (now goes to plugin search result)
  • Remove deprecated tags from style.css
  • Simplify email encoding description in meta boxes
  • Correct default map type override to ROADMAP (not ROAD)
  • Update language files (new strings to be translated)

1.2 (June 30, 2016)

Blog Post: Updates for Google Maps

  • Update framework to 1.8 (includes changes in 1.7.9)
    • Make Google Maps use API Key from Church Content plugin settings
    • Make post content with image or embed show when there is no text content
    • Resolve issue with sermon series index page not updating (transients issue)
    • Fix breadcrumb path which mistakenly included /blog/ in base URL for date archives
    • Update CT Meta Box to 2.0.1 (translation security)
  • Add support for new event Registration URL field in Church Content plugin (button will display in next version)
  • Make #hash in URL smoothscroll to anchor with offset for sticky menu
  • Fix issue with book index being cut off in Explorer / Edge when there is only one book
  • Fix issue with people group archive alignment (height)
  • Fix issue with search form in menu not working when icon clicked on mobile
  • Fix issue with position of checkbox and radio inputs

1.1 (May 17, 2016)

Blog Post: Maintenance Releases — Going 100% SSL

  • Update framework to 1.7.8 (includes changes in 1.7.6 and 1.7.7)
  • Change churchthemes.com URLs to https (including license status checks, updates and sample content imports)
  • Show admin bar in way that is compatible with sticky menu
  • Add support for plugin-provided shortcodes in CT Section widget
  • Add CSS to make pre tag wrap long text to next line
  • Remove erroneous ‘Download Video’ hover tooltip from sermon Save button
  • Make CT Categories dropdown work when Give plugin is installed
  • Avoid Theme Check iframe false positive on generic embed function
  • Fix incorrect textdomain
  • Update language files

1.0.5 (March 9, 2016)

  • Limit matchHeight on person short only to archive and page template (fixes error on search introduced in last update)

1.0.4 (March 8, 2016)

  • Make mail icon show for mailto and URLs with “newsletter” in URL (append ?newsletter to any URL)
  • Fix alignment on people archive when content height for each person varies
  • Fix meta widget so that its list content shows

1.0.3 (February 17, 2016)

  • Add French translation by Jean Berney
  • Make wide page templates have effect
  • Fix bug with calendar day table cell not aligning top when four or more events in other of same week
  • Reduce top margin on comment submit button when logged in

1.0.2 (December 11, 2015)

Compatibility Update: This update has changes relating to WordPress 4.4. Update both the theme and WordPress for the best experience. Also see 1.0.1 below.

Blog Post: Theme Updates for WordPress 4.4

  • Adjust comment submit button for new WordPress 4.4 field layout
  • Fix styling issue causing comments widget not to show comments
  • Prevent person’s name from linking to profile when there is no content

1.0.1 (December 9, 2015)

Compatibility Update: This update has changes relating to WordPress 4.4. Update both the theme and WordPress for the best experience.

  • Update framework to 1.7.5
  • Fix errors on sermon pages with WordPress 4.4
  • Fix error on Customizer when no pages have been created
  • Remove Locations link from breadcrumb when there is only one location

1.0 (November 30, 2015)

  • First release