Launched: The Well at DBC Church Website

This week we launched The Well website, a media and resource rich (or at least it will be!) website for my church, Denton Bible Church. The Well is the evening service at DBC. We accomplished several things with the site that prove the flexibility of WordPress.

Link: The Well of Denton Bible Church

Home Page

The home pages consists of a featured section that scrolls through however many featured posts you want.

We’ve also got 3 “ads” that display next to the featured posts. The point of the “ads” is that they are much more static parts of the site that need constant attention, so we’re using the “ad” terminology, but in reality they’re just important posts.

Below the featured posts is a photo stream from an internal WordPress gallery, and below that are two columns of recent sermons and recent resources (books, blogs, songs, etc.).

To its right is a list of upcoming events that are being picked up from a Google calendar.

A lot of things are going on on the home page, and mostly in part to using the loop to call specific categories.

Pages

Many of the pages have unique sidebars, achieved by adding unique IDs to the widget code and allowing site administrators to add and remove widgets of their choice for specific pages. Some of the pages take advantage of unique templates as well.

Because there are many administrators of the site, those writing their own content have their own author pages to display biographical information as well as a list of their content.

There pages dedicated to photos, audio and video. The photo management was all achieved using the NexGen Gallery WordPress plugin – I strongly suggest using this for your photos!

Coming Soon…

I’ll be recycling this theme, adding to it, cleaning it up, changing the design, and optimizing it even further for release as a premium theme. Stay tuned!

The Well of DBC

The Well of DBCThe Well is the evening service at DBC. The intention in building this site was to provide a platform for a media rich website. The Well records and podcasts sermons weekly and needed to organize these, make them even more accessible, and align them with other media resources like video and photos.

Some things to note about the features included in this website are the “featured post scroll” on the home page, a calendar of events managed by Google Calendar but displayed in a custom design, and the galleries for all the types of media.

Website: No longer online

Platform: WordPress

The Well is the evening service of Denton Bible Church. Established in 2008, this service was birthed to further the mission of our church in “equipping the saints for the work of the ministry” (Eph. 4), namely among a new generation of families, singles, and collegians in our community.

Coming Soon: Premium WordPress Theme For Churches

Update: Checkout ChurchRoot for my WordPress themes for churches.

I’ll be releasing a Premium theme (yeah, capital P) in the next few weeks, maybe a month or so even. It will be specifically tailored to the needs or desires of church websites. Although, the very same features it will include could easily be used for any type of organization. The basis to the theme will be that the emphasis is taken off of the blogging and put on dynamic content such as events, sermons, audio, and different categories of traditional blog posts.

I’ll be doing this because I’m building a site for Denton Bible Church that will be used for one of our services. I’ve turned this into a pretty unique theme theme that I’m pretty proud of. About a year ago I built the CollegeLife, the college ministry of Denton Bible Church, site and this new theme will take what I learned from that and build upon it greatly.

Several years ago I created about 10 different HTML/CSS templates (non-WordPress though). I submitted them to 2 or 3 sites and to my surprise they’ve been downloaded probably over 100,000 times now…and they weren’t even that good!

I’ve come a long way now and I can produce much higher quality sites. So be on the lookout for the new theme!