How churches can offer online sermons

How churches can offer online sermons

During these uncertain times, churches want to get their message out to their audience. This can be done pretty easily with a plugin for WordPress called Sermon Manager Pro

First, you would need a WordPress site

You should have a domain for your site, and if you already have this, you would need a good hosting account, as we recommend Secure Hosting WP. You can get both domain name and hosting there and pay annually or monthly, depending on your needs.

The second step is having good audio equipment

The equipment you need will depend on whether you want to record your live sermons while you’re preaching in the church, or record sermons separately by yourself.

The good news is, if you want to record live sermons, you may already have everything you need.

If your church already has a soundboard and an available laptop for recording sermons, you may just need to purchase a small cable like this 3.5mm to XLR Cable to run from your soundboard to a laptop.

Once connected, you can then use a program like Audacity to record the sermon (more on that in the next step).

If you don’t have a soundboard for your church, you could use a portable recorder like this Handheld Digital Audio Recorder. You can easily set this on your podium so you don’t have to hold it the whole time.

You might also want to record sermons privately by yourself, instead of recording the live sermon, or even record additional teaching for deeper study.

Some recommended mics from the experts are:

How do you record a sermon video?

For recording video sermons, you’ll need to use a video camera.

If you need to begin with an absolute minimal budget, you can record on your smartphone using a tripod. This is the cheapest way to go.

GripTight GorillaPod Stand PRO

GripTight GorillaPod Stand PRO is a good tripod for any type of phone. It has adjustable legs that can be used to attach it to any surface.

For churches with a modest budget, you can use SlingStudio’s HD Video Production Unit to create a high-quality video recording that uses multiple cameras. SlingStudio lets you switch between video feeds in real-time from an iPad or laptop. You can add feeds from camcorders, DSLR cameras, or even use your smartphone.

Once you’ve chosen your equipment, you’re ready to start recording.

Step 3: Record Your Sermon

To record your sermons, WPBeginner recommends using the program Audacity.

Audacity is a completely free program that, like WordPress, is licensed under the GPL. You can use it to record your sermons, and also edit the files for noise reduction and enhanced sound quality.

After you install Audacity, you’ll need to open the program and click the File menu to start a new project.

Then, click on the record button to start recording your sermon.

Don’t feel like you need to start over if you make a mistake. Just keep going, and then you can edit out the mistakes after you’re finished recording.

Audacity

If you want, you can also import music files from File » Import to use at the beginning or end of your sermon.

Since Audacity is a powerful tool, you may want to check out these Audacity tutorials to learn more about all the features.

After you’re done recording your sermon, you can export it. We recommend the MP3 format because it creates smaller file sizes with good quality.

Once you’ve saved the file, you’re ready to upload it to your website.

Step 4: Upload Your Sermon Recording

Both audio and video recordings produce large files. You might be able to get away with hosting your audio files on your website for a short time, but you’re likely going to run into space issues after a while.

If you want to keep your WordPress website fast, you shouldn’t upload audio or video files to your own site.

We recommend you use a separate church sermon hosting service. If you’re looking for the best podcast host for churches, we recommend using Podbean to upload your sermon audio recordings. You can also check out our list of the best podcast hosting services for other options.

Podbean

For video files, we recommend you get started on YouTube. It is easy to use, super-fast, and free. It is also the world’s second-largest search engine which means additional chances for your sermons to be viewed by someone new.

Once you’ve recorded your sermons and put them online, it’s time to add them to your website so your own members and visitors can easily find them.

You will begin by adding the Sermon Manager for WordPress plugin. For more details see our step-by-step guide on how to install a plugin.

You will begin by adding your first sermon. Simply go to Sermons » Add New page.

Add new sermon to WordPress

First, you will need to add the title of your sermon and the date it was preached on. You must add the date preached to be able to publish your sermon.

After those two fields, there are many fields that are optional but we encourage you to fill out as many as possible. Adding thoughtful descriptions helps your sermon be discoverable by search engines.

The second set of fields will allow you to paste the URL for your files, whether you’re adding audio, video, or both. There’s also a place where you can add sermon notes if you’d like to attach a PDF.

add sermon recording details

Fill out the meta on the right column for things like the preacher’s name, the sermon series, and then click publish. And that’s it! If you’re using pretty permalinks, your first sermon will now be available at:

https://yourdomain.com/sermons/

Submit your Podcast to Apple’s iTunes and Google Play

Another great feature in the Sermon Manager plugin is that you can easily submit your feed to podcasts. This makes it easier for your members to subscribe and receive notifications on their phones when you publish a new sermon.

To get started go to Sermons » Settings and click on the Podcast tab. The folks behind the Sermon Manager for WordPress plugin have made this section very self-explanatory so you will be able to follow along, filling in your own data and seeing what they recommend in light gray text.

Go through each field and fill in the information so it matches your church.

enter your church podcast settings

At the bottom, click the save button. Next, you’ll use the link for the feed validator so you can be sure you’ve filled out everything correctly. When your feed validates you’ll copy the link and submit your podcast to both Apple Podcasts and Google Play Podcasts.

copy the church podcast feed URL to submit to podcast services

How Do I Live Stream Sermons?

Plenty of churches are asking how do I live stream sermons, so you may be wanting to do that as well.

We recommend live streaming in addition to having sermons on your own website. If you only live stream and don’t record your sermons, then you’re missing out on all the benefits we listed above.

Having sermons on your website means your church members can access past sermons more easily. It can also help you to grow your website traffic.

That said, live streaming sermons can be a good way to reach new audiences on social media.

Two of the best ways are YouTube and Facebook. Facebook especially can be a good option because a lot of your members are already there and connected to your page.

But Facebook Live isn’t always reliable. We’ve heard reports of churches having issues with their livestream crashing in the middle of the service. Using a broadcasting service instead can offer a smoother experience.

Restream will allow you to broadcast your service on your own website, YouTube, your Facebook page, a Facebook group, and other services, all at the same time.

You can also record your sermons or services in advance and schedule them to go live at the right time for a less stressful experience.

If you’re live streaming your sermon using your smartphone, you’ll want to make sure you’re using a tripod for the best results.

After your live stream is over, you can add the video to your own site following our tutorial above.

If you need help with setting up an online feed, live or recorded, feel free to contact us for help and getting you started.

Source: How Churches Can Offer Online Sermons with WordPress by WP Beginner 

 

 

 

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Special 2020 Business Web Site

If you are starting a business in 2020 or thinking about finally getting a web site for your existing business, then this is a sweet deal we are offering right out of the gates in the new year!

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We just want to get you started on those business goals of getting your business on the web.

What does the landing page include?

A landing page is a page designed in different sections. Some of the examples of a landing page could include:

  • A slider of information/images or both
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  • Map of Location
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  • Setting up and installation of WordPress (on correct type of hosting, we help you with this)
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2017 The Year of Encryption Everywhere using a SSL – Time to get ready!

2017 The Year of Encryption Everywhere using a SSL – Time to get ready!

2017 is going to be probably the most secure year for website owners because Google released updates to force people to get site SSL ready.

In the coming year, Google’s browser (Chrome 56) will begin to show warning message as “Not Secure” to all HTTP sites to make the web safer and secure (less hackable) place.

SSL certificate is used to make the encrypted connection between browser and server. Therefore, Google has already moved their almost services over HTTPS encryption technology. Even WordPress has announced that they will no longer promote hosting partners until they provide SSL certificate by default in their accounts.

Don’t worry, we will be looking into some affordable ways to do this and making arrangements for installations.

Source: 2017 The Year of Encryption Everywhere using SSL certificates – Infographic

If you found this article helpful and would like more like it, take a look at our other Fresh Brews!

Windows 10 coming up – How to get it for free!

Windows 10 coming up – How to get it for free!

Windows 10 version is coming up with many new features and some of you maybe have taken it for a test drive already. If not, lets talk about how to get your Windows 10 version for free!

First of all your device will have to be compatible with Windows 10. You will have to check with the manufacturer of your operating system to make sure it is able to run Windows 10 version. Most newer systems, especially Windows 7, Windows 8.1  and Windows 8.1 mobile operating systems will have the notification that will send you an invite to sign up for Windows 10 for free.

Just open the Get Windows 10 app (description below) and click reserve.

Click on the small Windows icon located at the lower right side of the taskbar.
Click ‘Reserve your free upgrade’ when prompted.
There’s no obligation and you can cancel your reservation at any time. After you reserve, we will download Windows 10 to your device when it’s available. Then we will notify you when your device is ready to install the upgrade.

The upgrade will happen on July 29th, and you only have till then to reserve your free copy,  so time is soon! You will receive an email with instructions on how to upgrade to Windows 10 once it is released.

windows 10

Can you get Windows 10 if you don’t reserve?

Yes. The easiest way to get the free upgrade is to reserve, but you can upgrade even if you don’t reserve.

Once Windows 10 is available, we’ll begin notifying devices that their free upgrade is available. Just open the Get Windows 10 app to schedule your upgrade. Note: Some notifications will go out as soon as Windows 10 is available; others may go out in the weeks or months following.

Get all the facts about Windows 10 and hope you are looking forward to the new experience like we are at Coffee Web Design!

 

 

Small Businesses gets a kickstart on the web!

Small Businesses gets a kickstart on the web!

Coffee Web Design reaches out to small businesses to get their kick start on the web!

We know small businesses on the web and you having your own, can seem like and endless amount of work. Yet you have accomplished this now by starting your own small business and you want to take it to the next level. You need to have a web presence ….its a must and let us tell you why.

An astonished amount of readers of the web are growing on a daily basis. we aren’t talking about one shared computer in their house anymore. We are talking about multiple computers surfing the web, mobile, tablets, phones and who knows what tomorrow brings! Bill Gates said it YEARS ago….the future of successful businesses. It will be those on the web and those who no longer have a business.

You have a web site and your good to go?

Not necessarily.

More and more people are now using mobile devices than computers.  We are talking tablets…flip them vertically and horizontally…and your phones…the same. Is your web site responsive to these mobile devices? Will it adjust to how your viewers are viewing your web site and what their device is capable of seeing? If not, then you really aren’t “good to go”…your web site needs to be “on the go” as well!

You don’t sell products so you don’t need a web site?

Not true. 

Ever get your local Yellow Pages® in the mail…doesn’t it seem to dwindle little by little each year? there is a reason for this. More and more people are searching for local businesses and services online. True the Yellow Pages® has its own online presence now, and you can be listed in that…however customers want to see more…and your web site is where they want to see it!

They want to see what your business is all about, the people who run it or even just a gallery of what you sell. It doesn’t have to be an online store for you to have a web site…you just need to be there!

If you need a consultation about a web site for your small business, lets Get Started and get you a quote and get you where you need to be today and in the future with where the web is going.

 

 

Need an Apps for Business?

Need an Apps for Business?

Coffee Web Design now offers Apps for business services to create an app for your business for Andriod or iPhones. Instead of people doing a search for your online business, now you can have your own Apps for business! With experience in creating mobile apps, we now have Tyler on board to do this. He has the experience and has created several apps for business and can tell you if you will really benefit from one or not.

Creating apps for business isn’t always a cheap route, however depending on what the app is for, you can also work out revenue back on your business app.

People will be able to download the App to their mobile device and quickly now connect and do more things with the mobile app. This allows your customers to come back to your web site and online news, store, videos and more by having the convenience of one press of a button on their devices. This eliminates the process of having to open a browser and do a search for you online and wait to connect.

If you think you may need or want your mobile app for your business, then Lets Get Started and get a free quote.

Learn more about the mobile applications by Tyler.

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