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How to pick a church wordpress theme

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So you need to create a new site for your church & you are wondering where to go? I’m going to go out on a limb and say chances are WordPress is going to give you all you need.

Here’s some resources that might help you get up to speed:

But how do you pick a theme?

Well, let me say that’s never the easiest thing to do – there are SO many choices out there.

  1. First work out exactly what you want your site to do, what’s the purpose. This will drive what theme you pick as you look at what needs to be shared on the pages
  2. Do you have the resources to drive visually rich websites? Many themes look beautiful on the demo sites with their graphics etc added – do you and your team have the time/skills to make up these graphics?
  3. Media – podcasting? Decide what media you are sharing through your site, this also will dictate if you can use a theme or not
  4. Who’s looking after the site? Do they/you have the technical ability to customise or tweak the theme to your specific needs?

Help me pick a theme?

Okay I’m going to suggest spending some money, why? Well put it this way. Spend a little to get something that you know works, that does exactly what you need and doesn’t need any finessing after that.

Elegant Themes:  I’ve talked about these guys before & they have to rank as one of my favourite theme companies. We’ve used their minimal theme on our church site. One of the key things I like about these guys is their “shortcodes” that at the click of a button allow you to add complex web elements like tabs, accordions, buttons etc to your posts. Super easy & super cool

However, as good as Elegant Themes are they are not custom made for churches, so you may need a little customisation to make them do exactly what you need. We had to install extras to support Podcasts etc.

ChurchThemer:  These guys I’ve come across recently & am currently working through a review in depth of one of their themes. I’m going to recommend ChurchThemer over Elegant Themes if you don’t have the technical skills to customise your theme. The reason I say that is that ChurchThemer wordpress themes come out of the box purpose built for churches. They make use of wordpress custom post types to allow you to quickly set up sections for sermons (complete with podcasts/mp3), events and notices. Notices are notoriously hard to setup as posts in wordpress, ChurchThemer makes that easy for you.

What about free?

There are many free themes out there, but be careful, you get what you pay for. Do you really have the time to muck around finding a theme that you then have to customise, when a small outlay might actually save you time?

I’m not going to list free ones here – there are too many to list. But Church Communications Pro have a great article that links out to many great themes – check them out here.

 

*NOTE:* Yes both Elegant Themes ChurchThemer links mentioned above are affiliate links. I support these two companies and they help me keep this site online. If you would rather NOT click on affiliate links, then click here for Elegant Themes and here for Church Themer

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