Lately I have been working on redoing some staff bio pages for the church project I am working on. One of the problems I have come across is the way WordPress drops to a new line when you press the enter key.
*Photo by Peter Løvstrøm, Creative Commons
For example, I wanted to put my pastor’s name and then his title below his name:
Notice that when I press enter it creates a space. This formatting issue has greatly troubled me. Made me think that I was going to have to go into the HTML coding and individually code lines or something. Instead, my good friend that is web design, Scotto, told me to press shift + enter to do single line spacing. Guess what, it works!
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.
Last night, I taught a Bible study on the Book of Joshua, chapter 24. A chunk of Joshua 24 is about the Israelites recommitting themselves/ renewing their covenant to follow God. Towards the end of the chapter, right after the people have agreed to the covenant, Joshua exhorts the people to:
23 “Now then,” said Joshua, “throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.” (NIV)
This got me thinking about the “foreign gods” that I allow into my own life. One of my daily routines, when I wake up, is to check:
WordPress (for blog stats)
and the weather
I do all of these things before ever engaging in a conversation with my wife, let alone spending time with God. In a way, I have let social media become a god. So, today I didn’t go through my morning routine. Instead, I read my Bible for a bit (had trouble focusing) and then prayed for awhile. My time of prayer was awesome! I’ve been learning not to beat around the bush but to tell God exactly what I am thinking (even though He already knows). In an act as simple as putting down social media as the first thing I engage in, in the morning, I have “yielded my heart to the Lord”.
What foreign gods do you need to throw away? What is keeping you from yielding your heart to the Lord?
The move to WordPress in 2009 brought with it immeasurable relief from both a design and writing perspective. Being able to singularly focus on content, while good, also caused me to neglect the community aspects of the site. So, one of the ways I would like to remedy this is by working on the blog roll or JBG’s links section. If you have a blog or website that fits under our banner of God, Life, and Gaming, please submit a link in the comments below. Looking forward to getting to know ya’ll better,
JohnnyBGamer.com caught the waves of the net in August of 2003. What had started as a simple idea on paper soon became a reality as my good friend Scotto plunged into designing the site. The crowning achievement during this process, was the amazing work that Scotto did on the JBG logo — I still owe you! –. He took a sketch of mine and created a look and feel that the site has maintained to this day.
The primary goal of JohnnyBGamer has always been to provide professional content focused on the world of videogames. With many articles and a few reviews out there, I would say that that goal has been reached. However, so much is left to be written.
2009 was a year of big changes for JBG. Consumed with html and basic site design, I found myself neglecting actually putting content up on the site. So, I decided to move JBG to WordPress. One of the best decisions I have ever made. Content has flowed freely since the big move. 2009 ended with record visits to the site. Finally, I have felt like JBG has been gaining traction.
So what does 2010 hold for JohnnyBGamer?
2010 is the year that I want JBG to reach out and embrace the online gaming community. How do we do this?
Increased presence/ participation on blogs, online forums, and other gaming websites.
JohnnyBGamer exists to provide an equal ground for sharing thoughts, ideas, and even life’s burdens. It is my hope that you will join JBG, in the year 2010, as we move forward together.