We here at ChurchWp.net give real, firsthand reviews of all the WordPress themes we think would work for churches. Brad writes most of them. However, he had no experience with Mint Themes, so Pastor Tim Koster of Emmanuel CRC kindly wrote this review. His church uses the Moses Theme by Mint Themes for their site. It should be noted that Mint Themes did inform Brad that they plan to do a pretty major overhaul of their themes in the next few months. This review is accurate of what was available in Fall 2013.
Who This is For:
I would recommend the Moses Theme to an advanced beginner WordPress user. It was the first Word Press Theme I tried and it installed simply. However, it took me a few minutes to find my way around the first time. The documentation was vital for working out a couple of quirks, but I had the basics nailed down within 45 minutes. Once set up, it was very simple to use and the church secretary, with absolutely no previous web design experience, was able to fill most of the pages and do routine maintenance with about 30 minutes of training.
Price: $79 (Click here to buy it or see the demo)
Versatile Format: It has an eye-catching slider that rotates between 6 photos, giving you the opportunity to advertise a variety of features of your church. Immediately below the slider are three static boxes which offer you a chance to address the most frequently asked questions; for us, that’s worship time, food pantry hours, and thrift store hours. Click on any of the photos and you are directed to the place where you can get fuller answers. At the very top is an icon for a map and directions on the left and worship schedule on the right. It also comes with widgets that display your latest sermon, upcoming events, and latest news right there. Your homepage becomes a dashboard for finding information.
Loads Quickly: Even on my 3G phone the website appears within a couple of seconds.
Easy Customization: The theme is easy to change with several color schemes that you can switch between with two clicks–one to choose and one to save. The slider simply asks you to upload the photos you want. It will resize them for you, but if your dimensions aren’t right, it may not crop the way you expect. Then type in the banner and link for more info. It’s the same process for the three static boxes, your logo, and your tagline.
Included Widgets: The sermon widget will upload your sermons and make entries for them on the Sermon page. At the very same time, it will post the latest sermon on your home page. The same is true of events. Create a new event and it will automatically be added to the list on the front page. When the event occurs, it automatically disappears from the page as well. You can clean up at your convenience. There is a similar widget for your latest news.
Social Media Integration I love how easy they make it to let people connect to your church presence on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc. Just type in the appropriate link. Podcasts of the sermons are a little more challenging to set up, but once set up, they should populate automatically as well.
Color Customization: There are only 5 color schemes to choose from. None of them really rock my boat. Our church went with it simply because of its functionality. We hope as we learn more to discover how to create our own color schemes, but that will require some coding skills.
Support: Support from Mint Themes is minimal. There is a forum and FAQ support pages, but answers come very slowly. However, the theme is simple to use and support is seldom needed. Most of the questions are answered in the documentation that comes with the theme, but you really do need to read it carefully or the quirks in the theme will leave you lost.
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Neutral Things To Be Aware of:
Quirky: No other good way to put it. There are parts of the theme that function well, but not in a logical fashion. For example, if you create an event, you have to put the date of the event in the publish field. It will publish it right away and stop publishing when you reach that date. If you say “publish immediately,” it will post the event and remove again at the same time because you are already there. In the sermons as well, use your date and time of preaching as your publish date and it will appear fine. When you upload a sermon, a box appears to type in the information about it. Just ignore it and copy the link and close. If you tell it to insert the info from that form, it will…but in the wrong place. But if you close, the regular sermon form is then available. Paste the link in the proper slot and fill in that form. Then you are good to go. Those topics are covered in the documentation along with several others, but you really need to read the documentation to figure it out. That may seem like common sense, but most of WordPress is so straightforward that you seldom require such input.
Slider: The slider is really good, but it has 6 slots and you need to fill them all. If you leave one empty, it will glitch for several seconds on the empty one, making your website look odd.
Thanks Tim for your honest review! Hope it helped you in your search to find the right WordPress theme for your church.
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