So, I'm no web expert, so I thought I wold come here...

I made a website for someone - http://www.cdsprops.com/

It's using WordPress, and they want to have music being played in the background of the site while users browse the site.

Not my idea, but they insist that it will draw people into the site.

Anyway, is there any way to have it set up where the music keeps playing between page switches?

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MinistryCSS.com is a good alternative - http://ministrycss.com/

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I was asked by a church to help them with their website.

They have an account with AdvancedMinistry - http://www.advancedministry.com/

Since their paying for the service already, they want to utilize it. It feels like I'm in a box when using it. I'm more use to working with HTML files or WordPress.

Anyone else have any experience with AdvancedMinistry?

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So, I was recently involved in a church where we sort of split.

Half the congregation joined with another church and half stayed at their current location. I was part of the half that went to the other church.

Anyways, I had been the website volunteer manager for 3 or so years before the split. When I left, I hadn't given any of the login info to anyone, but I told them to get in touch with me and I'd be more than willing to show them how things were.

Long story short, no one contacted me before changing anything, and instead, they changed the login info for the web host and web panel without giving me a chance to archive the old files (sermons, etc.).

The person doing it now isn't really tech savy, and is using Google Sites to run things. I kindly asked if I could have the login info so I could archive the old files for myself, but they said no.

This is probably more me venting than anything, but it sort of made me upset that they would say no to that request. Am I wrong for being upset? Well, I know it's wrong to be angry, but I guess it just sort of rubs me the wrong way. Am I wrong for asking them for the login info they changed so I can archive the files myself?

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I mange a church website over at http://www.fbclp.net/

Long story short, the pastor is leaving, and has set up his own website at http://pastordanrussell.com/

I'm using WordPress to run them.

I had a question though in regards to transferring all of the sermons from the church site to his personal site. I don't have the best knowledge of this, but what might be the quickest and most efficient way to transfer those sermons from the church site to his personal site?

Right now I'm thinking I'd have to download and then re-upload/tag all the files....

I'm looking for a WordPress theme that is a single page theme, w/ a contact form. I don't want a "full site" look to it, but more of a Sort of like a "landing page", and wanted to provide a little info, with the ability to contact the offices, etc.

Anyone know of any themes out there like this?

Thanks,
Rob

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So, my church - is planning on merging with another local church in the area.

The plan I suppose is to sell both buildings, and buy another building for us to meet in - even though our current has more than enough space for both congregations to meet in. Seems odd.

Anyway, I've really been struggling with this idea for some reason. The church that wants to merge with us seems like it would be taking a lot of the control - implementing their ministries, programs, staff, etc. We'd have both pastors, both secretaries, and their Youth Pastor because our church lost their Youth Pastor to another job.

In a way, I can see it as an answer to our situations. More people, more staff, probably more money to help with finances too.

Yet too, my heart feels sort of torn about the idea of merging churches. It feels like it's starting a new church completely, and almost makes me want to go to a new church completely, rather than be involved with all the work that it's going to take to transition. I imagine a lot of roles are going to be duplicated - and if there too many people on both sides, then some people would be sifted out.

Idk really - seems like a lot of work that I just don't feel like for some reason.

Have any of you been part of or seen church mergers?

Could maybe use some prayer that some bitter feelings towards this might go away.

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I'm looking for a good home/office printer. I currently have an Epson CX5400. I have a budget of about $150, and am looking for a printer/scanner combo. Anything you guys would recommend that is good and has cheap ink too?

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I'm considering leaving my church.

I'm very involved at my current one with the student ministry, and love serving there. However, over the past few months I've been struggling with a relationship issue (I started dating someone there, but didn't work out) - and it's causing me all sorts of jealousy and bitterness.

So, I've been really wondering if it'd be best for me to stay and work through the issues or leave so I'm not negatively affecting the ministry there.

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I've heard good things about the Church Media Group lately - http://churchmedia.cc/

Icebrrg - http://www.icebrrg.com/

You can make all kinds of different forms and embed them into the site.

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I love the design.

Neat menu.

Love the photos.

Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
Shine: Make Em Wonder What You've Got by newsboys

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I like it as well.

Would the final product be something that churches could install on their own domain?

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Nathan Smith wrote:

C.Barr - I detest WordPress, so comparing Drupal to it wouldn't be fair. Drupal is for running serious sites, not just blogging. My only problem with Drupal is that it is theme-based, as is WordPress. That is one of the aspects of a CMS that I hate, because it makes it easier to one-click install themes, but at the expense of actually doing site templating. Theme-driven aspects cater to hobbyists as opposed to professionals.

I use WordPress only because I do not have savvy design skills, but still want the flexibility of using a CMS. I've grown to like WordPress, and don't mind modifying themes and using them. While it's great to see other churches have a very unique design that's not based on a theme, there are circumstances when I think that it's okay if themes are used...the average Internet user may not even know or let alone care...

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Currently, on The Geeks and God Podcast , they're doing a 10 part series on how to build a ministry website using Drupal CMS.

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Thanks!

Champion Forest Baptist Church has a neat website resource area on their site called Source that might be helpful to some of you.

Champion Forest Baptist Church wrote:

SOURCE is the information and software behind the Champion Forest Baptist Church website. All of the code listed below is free and is for you to use in whatever projects you like. Officially, our code is licensed under the CC-GNU LGPL.

If you like what you see or have any ideas on how to improve the code, send us a note at webmaster@cfbc.org. If you would like to help us add to our code base, also, please send us a note.

You're free to use the code however you like, but we'd love to hear from you if you use our code.

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Don't forget about Sermon Cloud...

http://www.marshill.org/

I loved their old site for the simplicity, and the new site took it up a notch I think...

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Iwishmyhairwasemo wrote:
Robert Adams wrote:
Iwishmyhairwasemo wrote:

Well God isn't really doing his job protecting young infants from disease and starvation if he was a god why hasn't he performed any major miracles today.

Certainly, physical imperfection is a result of humanity's fall into sin, but God even uses one's physical imperfection to glorify Him as He makes "all things work together for good". Even if a baby has a so-called "birth defect", God can use it to reveal the true worth of a human being is his or her spirit, which can shine bright even if the body is broken (Genesis 3:1-11; Romans 8:28; 2 Corinthians 4:7).

God has made all babies to be His special creation and has given them to their parents to love unconditionally, to accept unashamedly, and to find worth in undeniably. Actually, this is how every parent should treat their children, but sometimes it takes a child with a "defect" to remind us of these virtues.

So what about babies who are born and diagnoised with maninjacocal and are forced to have certain body parts removed say there legs and arms if it were very serious what has the baby done to deserve that it hasn't sinned why is god being so unfair?

God's ways are not our ways. The Bible is very clear on the creation of each human being, as seen in Psalm 139:13-17 and proves God's providence in making each human being according to His will. God does not make mistakes, thus no child born is a mistake. Normal is a relative term and what society may consider abnormal is only based on society's standard of physical perfection. God's standard of one's physical makeup is totally up to Him and what He creates is perfect in His eyes.

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Iwishmyhairwasemo wrote:

Well God isn't really doing his job protecting young infants from disease and starvation if he was a god why hasn't he performed any major miracles today.

Certainly, physical imperfection is a result of humanity's fall into sin, but God even uses one's physical imperfection to glorify Him as He makes "all things work together for good". Even if a baby has a so-called "birth defect", God can use it to reveal the true worth of a human being is his or her spirit, which can shine bright even if the body is broken (Genesis 3:1-11; Romans 8:28; 2 Corinthians 4:7).

God has made all babies to be His special creation and has given them to their parents to love unconditionally, to accept unashamedly, and to find worth in undeniably. Actually, this is how every parent should treat their children, but sometimes it takes a child with a "defect" to remind us of these virtues.

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Here is an article about eliminating spam bots...

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I'm new to websites, and had a question about databases. I'm wanting to run 2 installations of WordPress on a church site - one for the main, and the other for the youth group. If I set it up with two databases for each WordPress installation, will that cause any slowness to the site?