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Upcoming Update – Need Beta Testers

Greetings and we hope you’re enjoying spring and the approaching summer. We’ve been so happy to see the great work done by so many congregations using the theme (see some of them under example sites). We just wanted to give you a bit of an update about the theme update.

Some of the things the update will change:

  1. The Services plugin moves to separate the service date from the published date using a custom field. This fixes the issue of services 404ing, not being able to share them, and being restricted to the brief descriptions. The plugin will run a piece of code once to migrate all of your existing services’ time/date information to the new field.
  2. The Speakers’ names now link to their archives and show their ‘description/bio’ at the top of the page. Their names and excerpted bios (read more) also show at the bottom of single services in both archives and upcoming (single service only, not on the upcoming listing page).
  3. The Services custom field for service time is complemented by a custom field for service display time, for those congregations that have two services. In the service time field, put in the time of the later service (so it doesn’t expire after the first one) and then write in “9:30 and 11:00” or what have you in the service time display field and the theme will show that.
  4. Adding a category template that shows the category description at page top.
  5. Fixing the full-page template.
  6. Lots of fixes to other small issues (media uploader, logo, etc.) that will be detailed in the changelog.

Two notes:

  1. The service we were using for updates, wp-updates.com, has fallen apart completely, so this update won’t show as an automatic one in WordPress. We’ll send you an email when it’s ready and you’ll need to upload it just like the first time using Appearances > Themes. We’ve switched to a commercial service for future updates, so this shouldn’t be an issue going forward (which is good as we’ll be moving to a more frequent update schedule).
  2. We could really use some beta testers for the update who can confirm that it works as expected before we send it out to everyone. To be a beta tester, you’ll need to be able to set up a duplicate of your existing site – not a new instance with the demo content, but a duplicate of your real site. This is easy if you’re with one of the better hosting companies that have one-click staging options, a little more difficult for those on cheaper shared hosting plans where staging sites aren’t available. If you can help us out as a beta tester, I would be forever in your debt (and it will speed this process up a little). Contact me to sign up using the form below.

Support Forum

We’ve made the support forum require an account now so that we can follow up with folks who have questions and so they can subscribe to updates on their questions. So, if you have a question in the support forum, click the “Login to ask a question button” and either login if you have an account already or register to create an account. We look forward to seeing you in the support forum.

Podcasting Change

So, one of the things we’ve tried to be consistent with while working on this theme, is not building in functionality that’s better handled by existing plugins. One, it lets us keep our maintenance load lower by limiting the number of things we need to maintain; and two, we leverage a broader community for functionality enhancements. So we’re always on the lookout for ways to integrate other plugins that do pretty well exactly what we were planning to do.

With that in mind, we’re taking the podcasting functionality out of the Services plugin and recommending the use of Seriously Simple Podcasting instead. The nice thing about Seriously Simple Podcasting is that it can be attached to the Services post type, so you have the podcast functionality right on each Service’s page.

We’ll take some screen captures of the settings we’re using and add them here soon.