I just released version 2.0 of my Risen church WordPress theme on ThemeForest. If you’re a current user, the Update documentation will tell you how you can get it. I also want to share my thoughts on future church WordPress theme development.
There were several features in particular that I was asked for repeatedly. I promised I would make them so here they are.
- Recurring Events. This was major. I had many requests for this. Now “Sunday Services” and other regular events can be added once and left alone. If you’re using a caching plugin, read my post on using a real cron job.
- Sermon Podcasting. Now MP3 files are included as enclosures in the sermon RSS feed. Podcasting via iTunes (scroll to the bottom for instructions) is also possible in a way similar to how wordpress.com recommends their users do it.
- Retina-ready Design. The Elusive Icons icon font is used for social icons and there is a new option for “Retina Logo” upload. Various graphics have an @2x version that are shown on high resolution displays such as the new MacBook Pro.
- Touch-friendly Menu. The latest version Superfish is used in order to make the standard menu’s dropdowns work on large touch devices such as tablets and Windows 8 laptops.
- More Social Icons including Instagram (many requests for this), SoundCloud, Foursquare, Picasa, podcasting and “Any Website”.
- Read the Changelog for other improvements and fixes.
The future is churchthemes.com. As you may know, I will be selling my future themes there instead of on ThemeForest. Because of this, some have asked if I no longer support Risen. The answer to that is that I will absolutely continue to sell and support it for the foreseeable future. It’s one of the most popular and highest rated church themes out there and I have no plans to put an end to that. I just added about 10 pages to the documentation and made a major update. Minor updates will be made as needed for compatibility and bug fix issues. Customers are free to submit support requests as always.
Nearly two years of development has been put into the theme (with 14 updates since its initial release) and at this point I feel it has a complete set of features, so I’m not planning to make major updates to it. I will continue to support and maintain it but my energy is now turning to making more themes for churches (using the Church Theme Content plugin) which I plan to release at churchthemes.com over the coming months.