Things have been quiet here on my blog over the past few weeks because I have been putting the finishing touches on Cornerstone’s new website. Check it out below.
The new site is big, over 40 pages full of content and media, and it’s still not completely done. We are hoping to add some discipleship tools to help our people continue to grow in their faith. Our church has not been afraid of utilizing technology and this is just the latest step in our journey to help make disciples and build community through the local church.
Tech Details of the Site
The new site is based on WordPress. WordPress has become much more than just a blog platform. It is now a powerful content management system and it keeps getting better with every new version. It is free and open source, and there are literally thousands of plugins available to add new features and capabilities. I am hosting the site through my WordPress hosting service, which utilizes the rock-solid FireHost.com and includes nightly backups. We have also just started using Google Apps for our church for email and we hope to expand the use of it as well.
The site is based on the Moses theme by ChurchThemer.com. It uses custom post types in WordPress for news, sermons, and upcoming events. It also includes a custom image slider on the homepage that can have up to six rotating images. The theme really makes it easy to get started. There are multiple graphic styles to choose from, and the theme options quickly get the site ready to launch. We spent the most time on thinking through the layout of the site. We wanted it to be action-oriented, and designed to keep people coming back.
We are updating our print pieces to correspond with the new color scheme of the site. And the scheme matches the interior of our church perfectly. We really have a coffee house vibe going on, and this just reinforces who we are.