Introduction

I don’t suppose this is going to be the most popular plug-in ever released, but for the increasing number of churches using WordPress as a CMS, this plug-in should be exactly what they need. The Sermon Browser plugin allows churches to simply upload sermons to their WordPress website, where they can be searched, listened to, and downloaded. It is easy to use with comprehensive help and tutorials.

Features

Features include:

  1. Sermons can be searched by topic, preacher, bible passage or date.
  2. Full podcasting capabilities, including custom podcasts for individual users.
  3. Sermons uploaded in mp3 format can be played directly on your website using the 1PixelOut Audio Player.
  4. An optional sidebar widget displays sermons on all of your posts or pages.
  5. Embed videos from sites such as YouTube or Google Video.
  6. Other file types can also be uploaded, including PDF, Powerpoint, Word, text and RTF. Multiple files can be attached to single sermons.
  7. The full Bible text of the passage being preached on can be included on each sermon page (five different versions, including ESV).
  8. Files can be uploaded to your own site through the browser or via FTP. Alternatively you can use other free audio hosting sites such as Odeo.
  9. Powerful templating function allows complete customisation to complement the look of your site.
  10. New in version 0.3! Simple statistics show how often each sermon has been listened to.
  11. Extensive help and tutorial screencasts.

Screenshots

Displaying sermons on your website The single sermon page (with Bible text)
Editing a sermon Using the template facility

Demo

Bethel Evangelical Church is being used as a test/demo site for this plugin. The plug-in is at a late-stage beta, with a release candidate imminent. The plug-in is available as a release candidate and has no known bugs.

What I hope the plug-in will achieve

  • To help make excellent preaching even more accessible to everyone.
  • To put sermon hosting and podcasting within the reach of every church.
  • To make WordPress the CMS of choice for all small-medium churches.

Who’s responsible?

  • Design, testing and some coding: Mark Barnes
  • Most of the coding: Tien Do Xuan

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