Meet Me in the Middle Kathy Stephens

Before & After: New Website, New Friend

Join me on a Lenten Journey with my friend Britta Lafont and the Meet Me in the Middle Project. The Meet Me in the Middle Project is a visual Lenten observation of the Gospel that began in 2015 on brittlafont.com. Our hope is to curate (collect and organize) BEFORE and AFTER pictures, with the goal of celebrating the work that happens between the pictures, and connect our observations with our understanding of the Christian life. You can read more about the intention behind the project here. I’ll be sharing images of website and graphic design projects. The unseen middle between the Before & After pics is the relationship with which I am blessed during the time in between. As I seek to listen and understand the heart behind the

Themes and Plugins for Genesis Framework

I’m reading and researching to find the best resources for myself and other folks creating sites on the Genesis Framework. I’m sharing a couple of my latest discoveries. Enjoy this carefully curated list of Genesis Child Themes: Theme source list from Dhishna Chandnani Specialty Genesis Plugins: Add some additional features to your site with plugins from Chinmoy Paul

Case Study: Updated Functionality for Church Website

What do you do when the sermon player stops working and one of your faithful members needs to hear the sermons while in rehab? How to you add the weekly announcements to your site when the blog page has been excluded from the original design? These were the two questions that finally jump started the process to update the back end design of the Community Bible Church website. I had been on the committee back in 2013 when we hired a design firm to create a church website for us on the WordPress platform. Once the site was complete, I assumed the volunteer position of webmaster. I tried to remember to update the calendar and occasionally added pictures to some

WordPress Plugins: Choosing Wisely

Plugins add to the functionality of your WordPress site. This functionality can occur on the backend of your site that you access through your dashboard (like analytics or SEO) or on the frontend of your site that your visitors can see (like sliders or widgets). WordPress Plugins Provide Functionality I recommend that you add the following functions to your site: Spam Blocking: Akismet Security: Wordfence Site Backup: UpdraftPlus Analytics and SEO: Google Analytics by Monster Insights and Yoast SEO Social Media Following: Simple Social Icons Social Media Sharing: Sharify or Genesis Simple Share Subscription: MailChimp for WordPress or Genesis eNews Extended Contact Form: Contact Form 7 When you are considering other plugins, these guidelines from an article published by the

Customize the WordPress Footer

The footer – the line of text at the very bottom of each page – is an often-overlooked piece of real estate on your site. Most themes include a standard bit of text in this section including a copyright, the theme name, and a link to your log in page. Customize the WordPress Footer To show that you are paying attention to every detail, you can customize this text on your site. You can keep the copyright and include information about your designer or theme. Delete the link to your log in page and consider including your email or link to your contact page. If you are using the Genesis Framework, you can download a plugin called Genesis Simple Edits

How to Choose a Premium WordPress Theme

Use a Reliable Source for Your Premium WordPress Theme As I said in yesterday’s post, WordPress theme choices require answering several questions. Sources for premium themes abound. But you want to make sure you are getting a theme from a reliable source and with a solid support system in place. As I shared in this post, I recommend themes from StudioPress built on the Genesis framework. Several other developers produce themes for the Genesis framework. You can see the list in the Resources section at the end of this post. The Benefits of a Framework Frameworks are well supported which makes things a much easier for you or a developer who needs to edit the code. Frameworks also use a

Daily Dish Theme from StudioPress: 13Prayers

Kathy decided to move 13Prayers from blogspot to a self-hosted WordPress site.  I chose the Daily Dish child theme from StudioPress and created a custom header from some of her artwork.  To accommodate the online Art Journaling through Grief course she offers, I added a member plugin. Kathy has become a dear friend and it has been a blessing to see the response to inspiration she shares on her site. Are you ready to become intentional about your blog and the message you’ve been called to share?  Do you need more features or tools to accomplish your projects?  Contact me today so we can visit about I can help you reach your goals with a WordPress website.

Why I Fell in Love with the Genesis Framework for WordPress

Choosing Genesis Framework a Logical Choice When I decided in August 2014 to develop websites as a business, I knew I needed to find a niche of themes to use.  Because two of my favorite bloggers were and still are Darren Rowse and Brian Gardner, choosing the Genesis Framework for WordPress and the StudioPress theme library as a base for my business was the logical choice. For someone new to coding, using the Genesis framework with a child theme allows me to practice and learn while creating beautiful blogs and websites.  Once I’ve learned how to change a feature or function, I can use the same method to edit the code in other themes. Other online experts have made the