The St. Louis Family Church website has a lot of great features – not the least of which is the flexible content management system. Using WordPress allows SLFC to maintain almost all of the content of the site themselves – meaning the don’t have to pay someone every time they want to make a change. Also – we developed a few custom plugins for the site that automatically pull content from third-party systems, such as Flickr and Vimeo, so all SLFC has to do is upload a video or photo to either of those free services and they are automatically published on the site.
The previous SLFC site had a nice design, but like so many sites it had the same header and footer that sandwiched the content of each page. Which is not only boring, but it prevented each page from having its own look and emotional impact — e.g. we didn’t want the “Kids” page to have the same look as the “History” page. So we developed a custom WordPress theme which allows for multiple headers, footers, sidebars, colors, etc. to be shared – so when they add a new page, they can pick-and-choose the a look that fits the content of the page. The “Kids” page has bright colors and fun fonts, while other pages have a clean and dramatic, high-impact design — but all have similar design elements that maintain uniformity throughout the site.
Other features of the SLFC site is an integrated podcast, e-commerce bookstore, a blog, and registration forms visitors can use to sign up for newsletters, etc. All of which is being maintained easily by SLFC employees – no technical skills needed.