Monthly topics no longer display with updated UUA Services plugin

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JimGasperini asked 4 months ago

 

Monthly topics no longer display on upcoming or past services pages. This seems to be the case on all the sites I know that have updated, and on the demo site as well (which presumably uses the latest theme and plugin.)

1 Answers
Margy Levine Young Staff answered 4 months ago

Can you say more about monthly topics? This isn’t a feature of the theme that I know of.

JimGasperini replied 4 months ago

“Service Topic” is a data point option set when users of the UUA Services plugin create a Service. Many UU churches have monthly topics, sometimes known as “themes.” The demo UU Church of Somewhere announces in its first carousel slide that “Our monthly theme is Compassion.” (btw, there are no Upcoming Services listed at the Church of Somewhere.)

I may be misremembering, but I believe that before the upgrade topics/themes were displayed on the Upcoming Services and Service Archive pages (which we call Past Services.) They do not display now, see http://uucb.org/worship/service-archive/

If users select one of the services, a line does display showing the Topic. This is usually the only other information users get if they do so, which makes it rather pointless not to display the topic on the list pages.

This is a minor point. It would be nice to have a setting perhaps to enable display of the topic on the upcoming and archive pages.

Margy Levine Young Staff replied 4 months ago

Yup, I know all about theme-based ministry. I just don’t see any documentation about themes or topics showing on Services.

JimGasperini replied 4 months ago

See http://uuatheme.org/page-by-page-guidance/worship/how-service-pages-work/
“Under Service topics, check one or more topics that will enabled (sic) you to display listings of services by topic.”
–This does not specify hat topics will be “monthly”; in fact it seems designed to allow users to filter for services assigned a topic tag that have occurred at various times.
–I don’t see any settings enabling site admins to choose to “display listings of services by topic.”
–As far as I can tell, the only way to get such a listing is to select the topic from a service page.

Btw some of what appears elsewhere on this page is out of date: “The name of the speaker appears on listings but not on the actual service page.” (actually it – or they – do appear on the services page)

Margy Levine Young Staff replied 4 months ago

Yeah, a LOT of instruction pages are out of date. I’m the person who’s supposed to do that, and will something in the next week. (I got slammed with moving UUA.org and UUWorld.org to a new web host, but that’s more or less done!)

Margy Levine Young Staff replied 4 months ago

I think you are right about there not being a way to list services by topic. The topic shows on the individual service page but not on listing, either. I’ll put this on the feature request list.