As I’ve written about elsewhere, while we didn’t begin our church website development in WordPress, over time that’s where we’ve landed. WordPress is our predominant development platform these days – and has been for several years now. When customers ask about different CMS (content management system) options, we mention both WordPress and Joomla, and then strongly recommend WordPress. There are numerous reasons for this. Part of it is WordPress-related, and part of it has to do with the Genesis platform we build upon with all our WordPress church themes. And part of it has to do with the “value-added” add-on functionality we build into each of our WordPress church themes. In this article I thought it’d be helpful to go through each of those elements.
I’ve already written about WordPress’ dominance in the content management platform field. At the time of the writing of this article, WordPress is now north of 27% market saturation. Put simple, that means more than a quarter of the entire web is running on WordPress. That’s a pretty remarkable statistic when you really think about how many websites that means are running WP. And as I touched on this popularity is a result of a combination of factors: ease of use, stability and security, backwards-compatibility (meaning your old WordPress site won’t break!), and the broad availability of all sorts of plugins to take a WordPress website in almost every conceivable direction you can imagine!
For us, this is just the beginning. The premium WordPress church themes we create do much more than just run on WordPress. They’re also built to run on top of the widely respected Genesis framework. What is Genesis? Well, simply put, it’s the underlying framework that handles a lot of the heavy lifting. It’s very stable, it’s very well-built, and it adds additional functionality to the base WordPress functionality. We looked around and considered options for quite awhile, and concluded that Genesis is the by far the best WordPress platform to build with.
How does the fact that our themes are built with Genesis affect you? It doesn’t really. Other than offering peace of mind – knowing your church website is built on a very solid foundation! More generally, because Genesis keeps core functionality code separate from theme code, it prevents hick-ups and conflicts when updates need to happen. And updates do need to happen, this is just the reality of the dynamic nature of content management systems – all of them. WordPress and Genesis make those updates as effortless as possible.
Beyond the inherent awesomeness of WordPress and Genesis, there’s something else that makes our WordPress church themes such a great offering (if we do say for ourselves!). And that’s the added functionality we build into our themes. Church websites tend to need certain kinds of functionality. After building church websites for a decade, we’re very aware of what those common needs tend to be. So we’ve relied on that earned expertise to build aspects like sermon managers and players, events management, and tithing/donation management – right into the themes. That way you don’t have to search around for plugin options that may or may not be the best fit.
Of course, there is one additional feature that I’d be remiss to leave out when detailing what makes our WP church themes so great. And that’s the pure design appeal! We are equally left and right brained here at Christian Templates Online. In other words, yes we want to offer themes that work seamlessly, but we also want them to be striking in appearance, we want them to be memorable – in all the right ways! So we design church themes that are bold, beautiful, and ultimately – compelling to behold. And, being that all of our themes are responsive, that design flare carries across the spectrum of web-ready devices that people tend to access websites with in this day and age!