My adventure with self-hosted WordPress began when I bought a WordPress template off of ThemeForest. From there, I learned about how to create a separate WordPress installation specifically for the church on my server. After wading through that small technicality with my friend Scotto, I was finally ready to design a new web site for my church. Over the coming months, I would learn about:
- Logos, transparency, and shadowing
- Basic design layout choices (specifically learning about the template I had bought and how it varied from my WordPress blog)
- Having photos taken of the church and editing them for maximum impact
- How to configure sermon audio
- And many other technical hurdles
I do want to note that the reason I chose to go with WordPress, for my church, was that I wanted a platform that anyone could use. I wanted to empower my church to be on the cutting edge and yet not be burdened by only having one person manage the web site. I am hoping that if and when they should decide to go with what I have created, that they find it easy to use and master.
Below is a snapshot of site as it stands today. I still need to meet with the church once again to discuss some technical issues associated with going the self-hosted route (email, etc.). But otherwise the site is ready to go.