Wise Church WordPress Theme Documentation

Wise Church is the wisest multi-purpose church WordPress theme. Rock-solid. Blazing fast.
The following document is a detailed user guide to help you get your new website up and running. Please take your time and read through the document comprehensively and earnestly. If you require further assistance, you can reach us through our support page.
Theme Name: Wise Church
Version: 1.9.3
Author: Probewise
Author URL: www.probewise.com

1. General Knowledge

1.1 Introduction

Welcome to Wise Church WordPress Theme Documentation! Thank you for choosing the wisest multi-purpose church WordPress theme. Here, you'll find the most comprehensive documentation to get your website supercharge with features and advantages. Before you begin, consider these resources that will introduce you to WordPress and to this theme:

WordPress Information

Wise Church WordPress Theme

  • What is Wise Church, and why you should choose it? - Presentation
  • Where to purchase Wise Church? - Purchase
  • How do I get supported with Wise Church? - Privilege
Are you ready to install and launch your WordPress site using Wise Church theme? Let's get started.

1.2 Requirements

This section covers the recommended configuration for this theme which works under a typical installation. Like what our theme is created for, it is light and fast but its speed also varies according the hardware performance of your server, number of site visitors, number of plugins you have installed, etc.
Server Requirements
  • WordPress 4.5+
  • Apache or Nginx
  • PHP version 5.6.23+
  • phpMyAdmin version 4.2+
  • MySQL or Mariadb version 5.0+
Web Hosting Requirements
Web hosting is essential to every site owners. With a poor server host, you cannot attain the best performance and features for your site. To install, configure and run your WordPress site in a web host, you should first watch out for a fast, secured and reliable WordPress web hosting. There's no perfect web hosting. It's your own choice to choose the best web hosting companies based on your needs. To help you out in choosing the preferred web hosting company, we give you a list of our recommended web hosting.
Plugins
This theme doesn't use too much plugins, but it is optimized on its peak performance to run your church site. The following required and recommended plugins are listed based on this theme needs:
Required Plugins
This is the required plugin to be installed to your site. Without this, special church features won't be activated.
Recommended Plugins
These are the recommended plugins to be installed for your site. You may opt to install these or not depending on your needs.
  • Screets Live Chat - a plugin to support your visitors through live chat *free within this theme, buy license for support only
  • Slider Revolution - a premium slider plugin for WordPress *free within this theme, buy license for support only
  • Contact Form 7 - a plugin to create a contact form page *free
  • Give Donation Plugin - a plugin to create and monitor donations (needed if you accept donations) *free
  • bbPress - a plugin to create forums for your site (needed if you want to run a forum) *free
  • WooCommerce - an ecommerce plugin to sell your stuff (needed if you are selling) *free
  • Google XML Sitemaps - a plugin to create an XML sitemap for site indexing *free
  • The SEO Framework - a bloat-free SEO plugin to boost your SEO *free
  • Autoptimize - optimize site's speed by style, script and HTML minification and other optimization *free
  • Cookies for Comments - prevents spammer for your comments aside from reCAPTCHA integrated from the theme *free
To speed up your site more, you can use a Content Delivery Network (CDN) like Cloud Flare.
To check your site speed you can try one of the speed test tool below:

2. Installation

2.1 Install and activate a theme

Installing a WordPress theme is just easy. You can install it via WordPress or via FTP(File Transfer Protocol) Client.
To install the theme, please refer to our blog article, How to Install and Activate a WordPress Theme.

2.2 Install Plugins

Installing a WordPress plugin is just easy. Commonly if it is free, you can browse through plugin page of the WordPress repository or upload it manually (especially for premium from external sources). To install a plugin, please refer to our blog article, How to Install Plugin for WordPress. Our required and recommended plugins are listed here.

2.3 Updating a theme

After a valid purchase, you are eligible to update your theme using your license to generate API key to be used in Envato Toolkit plugin. You can also manually download the theme file to your ThemeForest dashboard and upload it manually to your WordPress site. To update your theme, please refer to our blog article, How to Update WordPress Themes.

Note: If you are updating a theme, there are some instances that you need to re-save or re-configure widgets (home widgets) to avoid error or issue on homepage, especially on major updates which the home widgets are affected.

3. General Configuration

3.1 Changing Site Images

Site images are very important for your site to display your brand. With this theme, you can dynamically change its default images using two methods which is the image replacement method and the upload/URL method.
This theme also supports retina display. You can upload images by adding images on the same path with "@2x" at the end of its filename (for example, your image name is image.jpg, add another copy of it with higher quality, preferably twice its resolution, and rename it to image@2x.jpg). To start replacing site images, follow the instructions below.
Method 1: The Upload/URL Method
This method uses WordPress upload process. All you need to do is to upload, browse (you can drag images as well) and save. To change your site images, follow the instructions below. upload-images
  1. Select the image you want to use according to its preferred size by clicking the Upload button, then upload it (You can also add image URL from external sources).
  2. Save your settings by clicking Save Changes at the bottom of the panel.
Method 2: The Image Replacement Method
This method is just simple to do, but please be reminded that this overrides the default images on your parent theme and if you want to update the theme, the img directory should be backed up first.
  1. From your purchased theme directory which includes psd+logo+default_images, create your images using Photoshop and save it to all_images folder.
  2. Copy all your images and navigate to your img directory of the theme.
  3. Replace the default images from the folder by pasting the copied images.

3.2 Creating Menus

Creating WordPress menus is just simple. Generally, menus are created for navigation. This theme uses seven menus which includes Primary Menu, Secondary menu, Sitelinks First Column, Sitelinks Second Column, Footer Menu, bbPress Menu and WooCommerce menu. To create menus, plese refer to our blog article, How to Create WordPress Navigation Menu.

3.3 Creating Homepage

This theme uses a page to create a homepage. It doesn't uses external plugins or page builders. Being lightweight, it uses the native WordPress widgets feature which you can dynamically assign to the desired page. To begin creating your desired homepage, follow the instructions below.
    homepage-page
  1. Create a new page from Pages Add New, then add a title like for example, Homepage.
  2. Set these radio button at the bottom of the text editor:
    • Featured Image: Disabled
    • Share Buttons: Disabled
    • Custom Homepage: Enabled
  3. Create a new widget column from Select Homepage Add New, add name, for example Homepage Column.
  4. Note: You can also add a widget column from Appearance Widgets Add Widget Column.
  5. Click Publish button to create your new page.
  6. Add homepage widgets to your created homepage widget column (Homepage Column). You can arrange or reposition widgets block by dragging each widgets based on your preferences. homepage-widget Note: To activate #Home widgets, install Church Theme Content plugin first. For plugin installation tutorials, please refer to our blog article, How to Install Plugin for WordPress.

    Remember: Don't use #Home widgets anywhere else, use it for homepage/page column only. Placing it other than homepage/page column may break the theme.


    • #Home - Featured Contents: displays featured contents by posts, events, sermons or products
      • Featured Content Title - title of featured content block, if left blank default title will show
      • Disable Featured Content Title - check to disable featured content block title
      • Posts ID - use this if you want to manually add featured content by ID, leave blank to automate (using Set as Featured button on each posts, events, sermons)
      • Note: For more instructions on how to add featured contents, please refer to 3.5 Adding Featured Contents.
      • No. of Featured Posts - set the no. of featured posts to display on frontend
      • Slider Speed in Seconds - set slider speed in seconds, leave blank for defaults (5 seconds)
      • Background Image URL - add background image for the block layout with parallax effect
      • Opacity - set opacity from 0% to 100%
      • Animation - add animation when the page is scrolled
      Note: If you are translating the theme, you should leave the title or any translatable text/textarea blank. There's no need to input your desired title/text on the field as long as you are using the translated file from .pot file provided on this theme. block-featured
    • #Home - Layout Block Tab: displays four posts tab by categories and an event sidebar for ease access
      • Layout Block Title - title of layout block tab, if left blank default title will show
      • Disable Layout Block Title - check to disable layout block title
      • Tab Title - title of the tab, if left blank default title will show
      • Tab Category - choose a category of posts to display on the first tab
      • Tab Block - choose block type from Default, Grid, Grid (Title Only)
      • Tab No. of Posts - set the no. of posts to display on frontend
      • Disable Tab - check to completely disable a tab section
      • Upcoming Events Title - title of the upcoming events post type
      • Disable Upcoming Events Title - check to disable upcoming events title
      • No. of Events - set the no. of events to display on frontend
      • Background Image URL - add background image for the block layout with parallax effect
      • Opacity - set opacity from 0% to 100%
      • Block Title Animation - add animation to the block title when the page is scrolled
      • Left Column Animation - add animation to the left element of the block when the page is scrolled
      • Right Column Animation - add animation to the right element of the block when the page is scrolled
      Note: If you are translating the theme, you should leave the title or any translatable text/textarea blank. There's no need to input your desired title/text on the field as long as you are using the translated file from .pot file provided on this theme. block-tab
    • #Home - Live Countdown: displays live streaming countdown which is configured on Wise Panel
      • Live Streaming Title - title of live streaming countdown block, if left blank default title will show
      • Disable Live Streaming Title - check to disable live streaming title
      • Disable Top Padding - removes top padding of live streaming widget
      • Disable Bottom Padding - removes bottom padding of live streaming widget
      • Opacity - set opacity from 0% to 100%
      • Animation - add animation when the page is scrolled
      Note: To configure live streaming countdown timer, go to Wise Panel and set it up on the Live Streaming Settings section. For more information, please refer to Live Streaming Settings.

      If you are translating the theme, you should leave the title or any translatable text/textarea blank. There's no need to input your desired title/text on the field as long as you are using the translated file from .pot file provided on this theme. block-countdown
    • #Home - Map Location: displays the church map location
      • Location - the complete address of the church, press search then move the marker to the desired position
      • Map Zoom - set map zoom values
      • Map Type - set map type, Road Map, Satellite, Hybrid, Terrain
      • Custom Maps Marker - upload an image to change the default map marker
        (format: PNG, ICO, SVG, size: 64x64px or 32x32px)
      • Animation - add animation when the page is scrolled
      Note: This widget can only be used once for homepage only. If Google Maps API is not configured, maps will not appear on frontend and backend. To configure maps API, please refer to 3.13 Add Google Maps API Key block-map
    • #Home - Our Pastor: displays a few description or message and an image of the church pastor
      • Pastor Name - add pastor full name, if left blank default name will show
      • Pastor Title - the title of the pastor, for example, "Senior Pastor", if left blank default title will show
      • Disable Pastor Title - check to disable pastor title
      • Message - add message, description or verse(s) from the pastor, if left blank default message will show
      • Button Name - change button name for pastor's profile link, if left blank default button name will show
      • Disable Button - check to disable pastor's profile URL button
      • Profile URL - URL link to pastor's profile
      • Profile Image Link - upload or add URL image link of the pastor
      • HTML5 Video MP4 URL - add URL or upload .mp4 video format for video background
      • HTML5 Video OGG URL - add URL or upload .ogg video format for video background
      • Background Color - change background color using color picker
      • Enable Text Shadow - add shadow effect to the text if enabled
      • Background Image URL - add background image for the block layout with parallax effect
      • Opacity - set opacity from 0% to 100%
      • Left Column Animation - add animation to the left element of the block when the page is scrolled
      • Right Column Animation - add animation to the right element of the block when the page is scrolled
      Note: Please use a square dimension of the profile image, like for example, 730x730px size. For best result on video background, add 4:3 or 16:9 ratio format with .mp4 extension. You may opt to use a maximum 720p video format with lower bitrate to load your site faster.
      Remember: Speed of video background may vary according to your video file and web hosting. If you would upload a video to your WordPress dashboard by default, it only limits an upload size of 2MB. If you want to increase upload limit, please contact your hosting company.

      If you are translating the theme, you should leave the title or any translatable text/textarea blank. There's no need to input your desired title/text on the field as long as you are using the translated file from .pot file provided on this theme. block-our-pastor
    • #Home - Sermon Block Grid: displays sermon block in grid format
      • Sermon Block Title - title of sermon block, if left blank default title will show
      • Disable Sermon Block Title - check to disable sermon block title
      • Background Image URL - add background image for the block layout with parallax effect
      • Opacity - set opacity from 0% to 100%
      • Animation - add animation when the page is scrolled
      Note: If you are translating the theme, you should leave the title or any translatable text/textarea blank. There's no need to input your desired title/text on the field as long as you are using the translated file from .pot file provided on this theme. block-sermon
    • #Home - Subscribe Email: displays subscribe email and its description
      • Subscribe Email Description - add description about subscription, if left blank default description will show
      • Subscribe Email URL - add URL link of the subscription link
      • Note: For a detailed guide using MailChimp, please refer to 3.9 Add Contact Form Page and Subscribe Form.
      • Background Color - change background color using color picker
      • Opacity - set opacity from 0% to 100%
      • Animation - add animation when the page is scrolled
      block-subscribe
    • #Home - Triple Description: displays first three impression of the site with icons/images and links
      • Icon - add font icon using Fontawesome, you can also add an image

        Sample image tag
        <img src="http://www.yourimageurl.com/yourimage.jpg">
        Sample Fontawesome icon tag
        <i class="fa fa-clock-o" aria-hidden="true"></i>
        Note: For more font icons, visit Fontawesome.
      • Title - title of a single item block, if left blank default title will show
      • Link Name - name for the link of the item block, if left blank default link name will show
      • Link URL - URL for the link of the item block
      • Disable Link - check to disable a single link
      • Background Image URL - add background image for the block layout with parallax effect
      • Opacity - set opacity from 0% to 100%
      • Animation - add animation when the page is scrolled
      Note: Triple Description block consists of three item content, so please add each item a title and description, but you can opt to leave link name and link URL if you don't need it.

      If you are translating the theme, you should leave the title or any translatable text/textarea blank. There's no need to input your desired title/text on the field as long as you are using the translated file from .pot file provided on this theme. block-description
    • #Home - Welcome Message: displays welcome message with arrow to smooth scroll on the chosen block
      • Welcome Initials - the initial letter of your church name, you can also use a word, if left blank default initial will show
      • Disable Welcome Initials - check to disable welcome initials
      • Welcome Title - the title of welcome message block, welcome greetings, if left blank default title will show
      • Disable Welcome Title - check to disable welcome title
      • Welcome Message - description of welcome message block, write a short description about your church, if left blank default message will show
      • Disable Welcome Message - check to disable welcome message
      • Add an ID name - a smooth scroll arrow to navigate to specific block (choices are listed below), leave blank to disable
        • wise-items - Triple Description block
        • wise-carousel - Featured Content block
        • wise-live - Live Countdown block
        • wise-sermon - Sermon Block Grid
        • wise-tab - Layout Block Tab
        • wise-our-pastor - Our Pastor block
        • wise-subscribe - Subscribe Email block
      • HTML5 Video MP4 URL - add URL or upload .mp4 video format for video background
      • HTML5 Video OGG URL - add URL or upload .ogg video format for video background
      • Background Color - change background color using color picker
      • Enable Text Shadow - add shadow effect to the text if enabled
      • Background Image URL - add background image for the block layout with parallax effect
      • Opacity - set opacity from 0% to 100%
      • Animation - add animation when the page is scrolled
      Note: For best result on video background, add 4:3 or 16:9 ratio format with .mp4 extension. You may opt to use a maximum 720p video format with lower bitrate to load your site faster.
      Remember: Speed of video background may vary according to your video file and web hosting. If you would upload a video to your WordPress dashboard by default, it only limits an upload size of 2MB. If you want to increase upload limit, please contact your hosting company.

      If you are translating the theme, you should leave the title or any translatable text/textarea blank. There's no need to input your desired title/text on the field as long as you are using the translated file from .pot file provided on this theme. block-message
    • Revolution Slider: a widget from Slider Revolution
      Install and add Slider Revolution
      1. Install Slider Revolution. It is bundled with the theme package (/plugins/revslider.zip). For plugin installation instructions, please refer to How to Install Plugin for WordPress
      2. After installation, navigate to Slider Revolution. The plugin will work properly even if it is not activated. However, if you need support from the plugin developer, you may need to purchase a license from ThemePunch.
      3. upload-images
      4. To import slider, click Import Slider box as shown in the screenshot.
      5. Download Slider Revolution template for Wise Church. You can download it here: wchurch01.zip.
      6. Browse for the directory of the Slider Revolution template you have downloaded, then click Import Slider button.
      7. To add it to the homepage blocks, navigate to Appearance Widgets.
      8. Add Revolution Slider widget to the desired homepage column you've just created. To add or delete widgets, please refer to our blog article, How to Add or Delete WordPress Widgets.
      9. Choose Slider to display on homepage, then click Save.
      Note: For a complete documentation on how to create your own slider, visit Slider Revolution WordPress Documentation.
  7. To activate your page as your frontpage/homepage, navigate to Settings Reading Front page displays.
  8. Choose A static page and select the homepage you have just created.
  9. Click Save Changes button.
  10. Note: If you are updating to the latest version of the theme, you should re-save home widgets as well as sidebar widgets to avoid errors.
    select-frontpage

3.4 Add or Delete Widgets, Columns

Widgets
Widgets are very important to WordPress. It adds content for sidebar or even for homepage based on the feature of this theme. To add or delete widgets, please refer to our blog article, How to Add or Delete WordPress Widgets.
This theme consists the following widgets:
  • #Home - Featured Contents: a home widget to display featured contents by posts, events, sermons or products
  • #Home - Layout Block Tab: a home widget to display posts categories in tab format with events on sidebar
  • #Home - Live Countdown: a home widget to display live countdown timer for live streaming
  • #Home - Our Pastor: a home widget to display pastor message and profile
  • #Home - Sermon Block Grid: a home widget to display recent sermons in grid format
  • #Home - Subscribe Email: a home widget to display subscribe email form
  • #Home - Triple Description: a home widget to display the first three impressions about the site with links provided
  • #Home - Welcome Message: a home widget to display a welcome message or description about your church
  • #Wise CTC Custom Events - a widget to display custom events
  • #Wise Popular Sermons - a widget to display popular sermons list, it can be arranged based on posts created on this week, month, year and all time
  • #Wise CTC Recent Sermons - a widget to display recent sermons list
  • #Wise Tab Sermons- a widget to display both popular and recent sermon list
  • #Wise About - a widget for footer to display a brief summary of your site
  • #Wise Dashboard User - a widget to show login/dashboard links to your site, best usage for WooCommerce or bbPress
  • #Wise Footer Sitelinks - a widget to add your site links based on your preferences
    Note: Links can be added by creating menus and assigning menus to Sitelinks Column 1 and Sitelinks Column 2. For tutorials about menus, please check out our blog article, How to Create WordPress Navigation Menu.
  • #Wise Popular Posts - a widget to list your popular posts, it can be arranged based on posts created on this week, month, year and all time
  • #Wise Recent Posts - a widget to list your recent posts
  • #Wise Script - a widget to add custom script
  • #Wise Social Media Footer - a widget to add social media links for footer
  • #Wise Subscribe Footer - a widget to display subscribe box for footer
  • #Wise Subscribe Sidebar - a widget to display subscribe box for sidebar
  • #Wise Tab Posts - a widget to add both popular and recent posts in a tab
  • #Wise Text Alert - a widget to add a custom text alert
Note: If you are translating the theme, you should leave the title or any translatable text/textarea blank. There's no need to input your desired title/text on the field as long as you are using the translated file from .pot file provided on this theme.
Widget Column
You can also add unlimited sidebar/widget columns for your site using pages. To add widget column, follow the instructions below. widget-column
  1. Go to WordPress dashboard and navigate to Appearance Widgets.
  2. Click Add Widget Column.
  3. You can apply your created columns on pages by choosing Select Sidebar at the bottom of page text editor.

3.4.5 Set Featured Image for Posts

Featured image is essential in any WordPress theme. Without this, single post won't have an image thumbnail and slider carousel won't display correctly. With this theme, the optimum size to be uploaded as featured image must be 730x438 pixels. To add featured image, follow the instructions below. set-featured-image
  1. Prepare your featured image to be uploaded with a size of 730x438 pixels.
  2. If you are in WordPress post editor, click Set featured image at the right bottom part of the editor.
  3. Click Select Files button to locate your featured image.
  4. Click Set featured image to set it up as the featured image of the post.
  5. Click Update or Publish to save your post.

3.5 Adding Featured Contents

Featured contents are essential in every WordPress site. Using it will introduce the most important posts or articles within the site. With this theme, featured content is just simple to activate with a simple configuration. To add featured contents for your homepage, please follow the simple steps below.
  1. Navigate to Appearance Widgets.
  2. Add #Home - Featured Contents widget to the desired widget column.
    For more information about widgets and widgets column, please refer to 3.3 Creating Homepage
  3. Add post IDs separated by a comma (format: 1, 2, 3) as shown in the screenshot below.
  4. featured-contents Note: If you want to automate featured contents on all categories of posts, leave the Post ID field blank. To add items on featured contents, click Set as Featured for each posts, pages, events, sermons or products. set-as-featured
  5. If you use automate featured contents, you can skip this step. To find your post ID, click on the specific post and look for a numerical value on the URL as shown in the screenshot below.
  6. post-ID
  7. Click Save button to save your settings.

3.6 Changing Page Template

Custom pages are an essential feature of WordPress where you can create a page which you can use as homepage or other usage based on your theme's functionality. To create custom pages follow instructions below. page-templates
  1. Go to a specific page you want to configure or create a new page.
  2. Navigate to Page Attributes, then select the desired page template from Templates section.
    This theme includes the following page templates:
    • Default Template - the default page template
    • Page Forum Index - page template to display bbPress index
    • Page Forum Topics - page template to display bbPress by topics
    • Page Full - page template with full column layout
    • Page Single - page template with single column layout (max width is 730px)
    • Page Single 80% - page template with single column layout (max width is 80%)
    • Page Watch Live - page template to display live streaming video, guides and schedule
  3. Click Publish or Update button to save your settings.

3.7 Creating Ministries and Galleries Page

With this theme, you can create a ministries and galleries archive page by creating a category on pages and not on posts. Ministries and galleries archive is almost identical to setup. To create a ministries or galleries page follow the instruction below.
For Ministries
  1. Navigate to Page Categories.
  2. Create Ministries category and click Add New Category. You can create a different name for Ministries, but make sure its slug should only be ministries to make its archive to work.
  3. ministries-category
  4. To add single pages for ministires archive, create a page from Pages Add New.
  5. Check Ministires category to the page that you have created.
  6. ministries-category-page
  7. Choose a page template for your page, you can use Page Single, Page Single 80%, Page Full or you can even create a new widget column and select Default Template to add your preferred sidebar widget. For instructions in adding page templates, refer to 3.6 Changing Page Template.
  8. Click Publish to publish the page. To add another page, repeat the process from number 3.
For Galleries
  1. Navigate to Page Categories.
  2. Create Galleries category and click Add New Category. You can create a different name for Galleries, but make sure its slug should only be galleries to make its archive to work.
  3. galleries-category
  4. To add single pages for galleries archive, create a page from Pages Add New.
  5. Check Galleries category to the page that you have created.
  6. galleries-category-page
  7. Choose a page template for your page, you can use Page Single, Page Single 80%, Page Full or you can even create a new widget column and select Default Template to add your preferred sidebar widget. For instructions in adding page templates, refer to 3.6 Changing Page Template.
  8. To add pictures, you can upload or select picture from Add Media Create Gallery. Once you've uploaded (from Upload Files tab) or selected pictures (from Media Library tab), click Create new gallery button at the bottom right side of the screen.
  9. galleries-add-media galleries-insert-gallery
  10. Configure gallery settings.
    • Link to: Media File - to activate lightbox for images
    • Columns: 3 - select column number, default is 3
    • Random order - check to order images randomly
    • Size: Full size - select full size to avoid pixelated image
  11. Click Insert Gallery if you are satisfied with gallery settings configuration.
  12. Click Publish to publish the page. To add another page, repeat the process from number 3.

3.8 Posts Tweaks

This section covers posts or content tweaks which you can use for your church site.
Align blockquote to left, right or center
To align a blockquote to the left, right or center, you should add a class to it. Classes consists of alignleft, alignright and aligncenter.
<blockquote class="alignright">
	Security is a responsibility, but vulnerability is a choice. <cite>—Probewise</cite>
</blockquote>
Make embedded video responsive
By default using WordPress embed features, the video link you post is responsive. However, if you add an iframe video embed, you need to add the code below to make it responsive.
<div class="wise-container">
	Insert your video embed code here.
<div>

3.9 Add Contact Form Page and Subscribe Form

Contact Form
Contact Form 7 is one of the most popular contact form in the WordPress repository which this theme is compatible with. Adding contact form is just easy. To add contact form, please refer to our blog article, How to Add WordPress Contact Form.
Subscribe Form
This theme also supports MailChimp for your subscription campaign. To add a subscribe form, please use #Wise Subscribe Sidebar or #Wise Subscribe Footer widgets. To add widgets, please refer to our blog article, How to Add or Delete WordPress Widgets.

Using the Subscribe Form Widget, you can add URL from your MailChimp account.
  1. Login to your MailChimp account.
  2. Navigate to Lists Signup forms Embedded forms.
  3. Copy the URL from <form action="URL from MailChimp"> tags as shown in the screenshot below.subscribe-form
  4. Paste the copied URL to Subscribe URL field as shown in the screenshot below.subscribe-sidebar
  5. Click Save to save your settings.
Your email newsletter subscription is now ready for campaign using MailChimp. You can opt to use Wise Script Widget if you want to embed the whole form from MailChimp or other mail campaign provider. Take note that its styling is different from the theme.

3.10 Add Donation Page

This theme uses Give Donation plugin for donation. If you want to create a donation page, please follow the instructions below.
  1. Firstly, you should install Give Donation plugin from WordPress respository. To install plugins please refer to out blog article, How to Install Plugin for WordPress. If you have already installed the plugin, you should skip this step.
  2. Go to WordPress dashboard and navigate to Donations Settings Display Options.
  3. Check Disable Form Single Views and Disable Form Archives because we'll be using shortcode to paste it to a page.
  4. Click Save Settings to save changes.donation-settings
  5. Create a new donation form by navigating to Donations Add Form. Configure it according to your preferences.
  6. Click Publish button to save your setitngs and copy its shortcode.donation-form
  7. Create a new page from Pages Add New and add the shortcode you have copied. Use Text tab from the text editor to ensure that the shortcode will work. You can also use the donation button integrated to the page to add donation form.
  8. Change page template to Page Single. For instructions in changing page template, please refer to 3.6 Changing Page Template
  9. Save your newly created page. To verify that it is working, navigate the newly created page from your browser.
Note: If you want to make donation URL to work for payment, configure Payment Gateways from Donations Settings.

3.12 Importing Demo Contents

Adding contents to your site needs a lot of attention and takes a long time to finish. With this theme, one-click demo import makes it easy to import demo contents, setup and configuration from the demo site. Before Demo Import, consider these reminders:
  • Before importing demo contents, be sure you have a fast server having a proper credentials to avoid issues. There are some instances that you cannot import demo contents due to server issues, your hosting limitations, etc. which the theme is not responsible for it.
  • You should use one click demo import from a fresh WordPress installed site to avoid duplication and other issues.
  • You have to execute the demo import once to avoid duplication issues, unless there is an error (e.g. Error 500) or it doesn't import on the first time.
  • There are times you need to re-save Slider Revolution widget if the site doesn't load due to import issues.
  • Maps won't connect to Google API by default. Therefore, you should set it up first or after demo import (see instruction on 3.13 Add Google Maps API Key).
  • For WooCommerce and other plugin, you need to configure some settings individually.
To import demo content, follow the instructions below.
  1. You should first install the required and recommended plugins to avoid warnings and errors. You can find the list to be installed here.
  2. If you have installed the required and recommended plugins, install One Click Demo Import plugin. You can download and install it from the WordPress directory. For plugin installation tutorials, please refer to our blog article, How to Install Plugin for WordPress.
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  4. After installing One Click Demo Import plugin, navigate to Appearance Import Demo Data.
  5. Click Import Demo Data and wait for a couple of minutes to finish.
  6. You may opt to deactivate and remove demo content plugin after the import.

3.13 Add Google Maps API Key

With the new version of Church Theme Content plugin, Google Maps are integrated to find locations easily. To enable this feature for the theme, Google API Key is required. To get an API Key, please refer to our blog article, How to Get Google Maps JavaScript API Key. To activate an API Key, follow the instructions below.
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  1. Go to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Settings Church Theme Content.
  2. Paste the API Key to Google Maps API Key text field, then click Save Changes.

4. Wise Panel Configuration

Wise Panel is the most advanced, lightweight and simplest theme options panel created by Probewise. It is created with simplicity for beginners and even advanced WordPress users will love. With its minimal approach, it provides users to configure the theme with freedom, being termed as "user-friendly." To navigate on Wise Panel, go to Appearance Wise Panel. To save your settings, click Save Changes. To reset your settings, click Warning: Reset, and use it with caution because it will reset all configurations you have made. wise-panel

4.1 General Settings

This section is where you can configure the theme's general settings. It includes the following sub-sections with descriptions or instructions.
  1. Favicon - upload your favicon here, it should be 32x32 pixels in size
  2. Preloader URL - upload your preloader image here, it can be .gif, .png or .jpeg (maximum of 372x152 pixels)
  3. Predefined Preloader - choose from 12 predefined preloader which is blank-smooth(empty), rotating-plane, double-bounce, wave, wandering-cubes, pulse, chasing-dots, three-bounce, circle, cube-grid, fading-circle, folding-cube, leave blank for defaults (loading with smooth fade load), you can also change its color through Preloader Predefined Color
  4. Predefined Preloader Color - choose colors of preloader from unlimited color picker
  5. Background URL - upload background or add image URL here, it should be 1460x876 pixels in size
  6. Disable Site Image Background - this disables site image background
  7. Disable Sticky Sidebar - this disables the sticky sidebar
  8. Layout Style - choose boxed layout or leave blank for wide layout
Note: For upload instructions, please refer to The Upload/URL Method. To disable preloader, leave Preloader URL and Predefined Preloader blank.

4.2 Font Settings

This theme uses 700+ Google fonts. Being unique, it dynamically enqueue fonts without using a lot of resources making your site faster. In this font settings, it includes the following sub-sections with descriptions or instructions.
  1. Heading Fonts - select the heading fonts
  2. Heading Font Weight - select the heading font weight
  3. Paragraph Fonts - select the paragraph fonts
  4. Paragraph Font Weight - select the paragraph for weight
  5. Input and Meta Fonts - select the input (forms) and meta information fonts
  6. Input and Meta Font Weight - select the input and meta font weight
  7. Button Fonts - select the button fonts
  8. Button Font Weight - select the button font weight
  9. Navigation Fonts - select the navigation fonts
  10. Navigation Font Weight - select the navigation font weight
  11. Description Fonts - select the description fonts, for taxonomy description and homepage welcome message
  12. Description Font Weight - select the description font weight
Note: Font weight for a specific font family will only work according to its compatibility. Say for example, Open Sans only supports a font weight of 300, 400, 600, 800. If you add 500, it will revert to its nearest font weight. For Google font weight compatibility visit Google Fonts.

4.3 Color Scheme Settings

This section is where you can configure the color scheme of the theme. It includes the following sub-sections with descriptions or instructions. You can choose seven compatible predefined colors or choose your desired colors.
  1. Predefined Colors - the predefined colors compatible with the theme, it consists of nine predefined colors which is dark cyan, steel blue, olive, wallnut, sienna, hot pink, neon purple, mild red and autumn orange
  2. Header Lines Color - select color for header and headhesive lines/borders
  3. Buttons and Tabs Color - select color for buttons and tabs
  4. Text and Links Color - select color for text and links
  5. Borders and Objects Color - select color for lines, borders and objects

4.4 Code Settings

This section is where you can configure the theme's SEO and code settings. It includes the following sub-sections with descriptions or instructions.
  1. Before </head> Tag - Add your custom code here which is displayed before the </head> tag
  2. After <body> Tag - Add your custom code here which is displayed after the <body> tag
  3. Before </body> Tag - Add your custom code here which is displayed before the </body> tag

4.5 Header Settings

This section is where you can configure the theme's header settings. It includes the following sub-sections with descriptions or instructions.
  1. Header Logo - upload your header logo here, it should be 186x76 pixels in size
  2. Header Logo @2x - upload your header logo here, it should be 372x152 pixels in size
  3. Headhesive Logo - upload your headhesive logo here, it should be 100x41 pixels in size
  4. Headhesive Logo @2x - upload your header logo here, it should be 200x82 pixels in size
  5. Header Tag Lines Title - add header tag lines title here, leave blank to show default text
  6. Disable Header Tag Lines Title - this disables header tag lines title
  7. Header Tag Lines Span - add header tag span title here, leave blank to show default text
  8. Disable Header Tag Lines Span - this disables header tag lines span
  9. Header Tag Lines Link - add a link for your tag lines
  10. Custom Login Form Logo - upload your login form logo here which could identical to header logo (minimum of 372x152 pixels)
  11. Disable Top Header - this disables the top header
  12. Disable Secondary Menu - this disables the secondary menu
  13. Disable Login/Register Links - this disables login/register links
  14. Disable Headhesive Menu - this disables the entire headhesive menu
  15. Contact Details/Address - add contact details here to be displayed at the header, leave blank to show default text
  16. Disable Contact Details/Address - this disables contact details/address
  17. Donation Name - add donation name other than "Donate," leave blank to show default text
  18. Donation URL - add donation URL (to setup, please refer to 3.10 Add Donation Page)
  19. Disable Donation Button - This disables donation button on header
  20. Header Opacity - adjusts opacity for header from 10%(.1) to 100%(1)
  21. Headhesive Opacity - adjusts opacity for headhesive from 10%(.1) to 100%(1)
Note: For images to support retina, @2x should be added at the end of the filename, for example, mylogo@2x.png which will automatically be displayed when on retina display. For upload instructions, please refer to The Upload/URL Method

If you are translating the theme, you should leave the title or any translatable text/textarea blank. There's no need to input your desired title/text on the field as long as you are using the translated file from .pot file provided on this theme.

4.6 Archive and Content Settings

This section is where you can configure the theme's archive and content settings. It includes the following sub-sections with descriptions or instructions.
  1. Posts Layout Type - select post layout type grid or leave blank for default layout
  2. Time Format for Posts and Comments - select time format whether it is human redeable or the default time format
  3. Disable Date on Posts - this disables date on posts
  4. Disable Built-in Share Buttons - this disables built-in share buttons to use your preferred share buttons plugin
  5. Disable Author Info on Posts - this disables author information on all post
  6. Number of related posts - add number of related posts to display on single post
  7. Sermons Layout Type - select sermon layout type grid or leave blank for default layout
  8. Sermon Archive Description - add description for sermon archive, leave blank to show default text
  9. Disable Sermon Archive Description - this disables sermon archive description
  10. Number of sermon to show on archive - set the number of sermon to show on archive, leave blank for defaults
  11. Disable Featured Image on Sermon Single - disables featured image on sermon single post
  12. Events Layout Type - select events layout type grid or leave blank for default layout
  13. Event Archive Description - add description for event archive, leave blank to show default text
  14. Disable Event Archive Description - this disables event archive description
  15. Number of events to show on archive - set the number of events to show on archive, leave blank for defaults
  16. Location Layout Type - select location layout type grid or leave blank for default layout
  17. Location Archive Description - add description for location archive, leave blank to show default text
  18. Disable Location Archive Description - this disables location archive description
  19. Number of locations to show on archive - set the number of locations to show on archive, leave blank for defaults
  20. Disable Location Archive - this disables the location archive, use this especially if you have only one location
  21. Staff & Leaders Archive Description - add description for staff and leaders archive, leave blank to show default text
  22. Disable Staff & Leaders Archive Description - this disables staff & leaders archive description
  23. Number of staff to show on archive - set the number of staff to show on archive, leave blank for defaults
  24. Disable Staff Archive - this disables the staff archive, use this especially if you only want to display one staff like for example, a pastor or a senior pastor of the church
  25. Number of ministries to show on archive - set the number of ministries to show on archive, leave blank for defaults
  26. Number of galleries to show on archive - set the number of galleries to show on archive, leave blank for defaults
Note: Please enter the correct value for each field to avoid error in saving your settings, especially for number fields which should be incremented from 1 and don't use 0, leave it blank instead if you want default value.

If you are translating the theme, you should leave the title or any translatable text/textarea blank. There's no need to input your desired title/text on the field as long as you are using the translated file from .pot file provided on this theme.

4.7 Live Streaming Settings

This section is where you can configure the theme's live streaming settings. It includes the following sub-sections with descriptions or instructions.
  1. Live Streaming Schedule - add live streaming schedule here, to add a new line, insert <br> tag, leave blank to show default text
  2. Live Streaming PDF URL - if you have a PDF file for your live streaming schedule, upload it here or add your file's URL
  3. Next Live Streaming Event - this configures the theme's countdown timer for live streaming page and homepage, add the next schedule for your live streaming in the proper format, like for example, June 16, 2016 18:00:00
  4. Player Title - if you want to use the theme's integrated player, add player title, leave blank to show default text
  5. Player Skin - if you want to use the theme's integrated player, choose player skin
  6. HLS Desktop URL - if you want to use the theme's integrated player, add HLS Desktop URL
  7. HLS Mobile URL - if you want to use the theme's integrated player, add HLS Mobile URL, if you only stream for desktop and not using secondary low-quality streaming, leave this blank
  8. HLS Embed - if you are using external sources for live streaming, add embed code here, otherwise if you leave this blank, the theme's integrated player will be activated
Note: To use live streaming feature for this theme, create a new page with page template of Page Watch Live. For instructions to create a custom page, please refer to 3.6 Changing Page Template.

If you are translating the theme, you should leave the title or any translatable text/textarea blank. There's no need to input your desired title/text on the field as long as you are using the translated file from .pot file provided on this theme.

4.8 Social Media Settings

This section is where you can configure the theme's social media settings. It includes the following sub-sections with descriptions or instructions.
  1. RSS Link - add RSS link for social media buttons
  2. Facebook Link - add Facebook link for social media buttons
  3. Twitter Link - add Twitter link for social media buttons
  4. Twitter Account Name for Share Buttons - add Twitter account name for share buttons
  5. Google Plus Link - add Google Plus link for social media buttons
  6. YouTube Link - add YouTube link for social media buttons
  7. Vimeo Link - add Vimeo link for social media buttons
  8. LinkedIn Link - add LinkedIn link for social media buttons
  9. Instagram Link - add Instagram link for social media buttons
  10. Pinterest Link - add Pinterest link for social media buttons
  11. VK Link - add VK link for social media buttons
Note: Use only 7 social media icons. If you add more than 7, the theme's responsiveness and layout will break.

4.9 Security Settings

This section is where you can configure the theme's security settings. It includes the following sub-sections with descriptions or instructions.
  1. Disable Error Details for Login Form - this disables specific error details whenever a user input a wrong login details
  2. Enable Google reCAPTCHA for Login Form - this enables Google reCAPTCHA for login form
  3. Enable Google reCAPTCHA for Registration Form - this enables Google reCAPTCHA for registration form
  4. Enable Google reCAPTCHA for Comment Form - this enables Google reCAPTCHA for comment form
  5. Google reCAPTCHA Site Key - add reCAPTCHA site key
  6. Google reCAPTCHA Secret Key - add reCAPTCHA secret key
Note: To obtain Google reCAPTCHA site key and secret key, please register from Google reCAPTCHA and generate a key for your site.

4.10 WooCommerce Settings

This section is where you can configure the theme's WooCommerce settings. It includes the following sub-sections with descriptions or instructions.
  1. Number of products to show on archive - add the number of products to show on product archive page
  2. Product Archive Layout Type - choose grid or leave blank for defaults
Note: If you have installed WooCommerce, pages are automatically created like Cart, Checkout, My Account and Shop. Change page template of Cart and Checkout to Page Single, Page Single 80% or Page Full, for My Account, you can create a new sidebar for by adding new widget column and inserting #Wise Dashboard User widget. For instructions to create new widget columns, please refer to Widget Column. For instructions in changing custom page template, please refer to 3.6 Changing Page Template.

4.11 Footer Settings

This section is where you can configure the theme's footer settings. It includes the following sub-sections with descriptions or instructions.
  1. Choose Footer Style - choose footer style, from widgetized and single footer styles
  2. Disable Footer Social Icons - this disables footer social icons for footer single
  3. Disable Footer Menu - this disables footer menu for footer single
  4. Disable Footer Logo - this disables footer logo at the bottom part from the default footer column layout
  5. Footer Logo URL - upload footer logo URL, displays at the bottom left corner of the page, this should be 49x20 pixels in size
  6. Footer Logo URL @2x - upload footer logo URL, displays at the bottom left corner of the page, this should be 98x40 pixels in size
  7. Footer Text - add footer text, it can be copyright date, other information and so on, leave blank to show default text
  8. Disable Footer Text - this disables footer text for widgetized and single footer style
  9. Footer Opacity - adjusts opacity for footer from 10%(.1) to 100%(1)
Note: If you set from default footer layout column, you should add footer widgets compatible to it. To add or customize widgets please refer to our blog article, How to Add or Delete WordPress Widgets. For images to support retina, @2x should be added at the end of the filename, for example, mylogo@2x.png which will automatically be displayed when on retina display. For upload instructions, please refer to The Upload/URL Method.

If you are translating the theme, you should leave the title or any translatable text/textarea blank. There's no need to input your desired title/text on the field as long as you are using the translated file from .pot file provided on this theme.

5. Credits

This theme is created with passion to provide the best WordPress themes for all people. Its functionality, features and design was optimized through the plugins, sripts, images and fonts that we have used listed below. We are thankful to its author and developer who provides such useful components to come up with this awesome WordPress theme.

5.1 Plugins & Scripts

5.2 Images

  • Pixabay - free high quality beautiful images resource
Note: Please be reminded that demo images are not included with this theme.

6. Add Rating for the Theme

This theme was created with passion by its author. It is specifically designed to fit your project needs. If you are happy with the theme, don't forget to provide your feedback on ThemeForest. This will help us to evaluate and improve the theme for your maximum satisfaction. Please follow the instructions below on how to add ratings on the theme. how-to-rate-wise-church
  1. Login to your ThemeForest account.
  2. Go to Downloads and navigate to the item.
  3. Under Rate this item, hover your cursor until it reaches the desired rating.
  4. A window will pop up, you can choose Main reason for your rating and add your comments on the comments box.
Thank you very much for being generous in providing your feedback for our theme! We're always passionate to provide the nicest service and wisest products for you.