If you are using a version of the church admin plugin older than 0.810, please update immediately!
Two security vulnerabilities to older versions have been discovered – one of which has a “proof of concept” youtube video public.
Potentially that could be used to steal cookies and fake your login. It’s called a “Stored XSS vulnerability”
v0.810 stops that and renders any previous attempts harmless.
There’s no evidence that anyone has used the exploit yet, but now it’s public, they may on your site if you don’t update now! Please update even if you don’t use those features as v0.810 has been thoroughly checked for that vulnerability in all it’s features.
Big churches can afford high end video cameras and edit suites costing thousands – but did you know you can get great results with your iphone?! I downloaded James Wedmore’s Iphone buyers guide where he claims you can “Transform your iPhone into a $2,000-Quality Camera…for less than $80!” For recording sermons it cost us less than a tenner!
The iphone comes with a great camera app built in. Mount your iphone on the tripod holder and tripod. Click on the camera icon, slide it over to video and push the red button when you are ready to go. We have our iphone mounted on the front row of seating and the inbuilt microphone picks up preaching really well!
You’ll need about 3.5GB spare capacity for a 40min sermon.
It’s pretty easy to record iphone video upside down! Don’t despair – there’s a great free Windows 7 app to rotate it back from http://movierotator.com/.
You may have noticed a “Hope Team” section has been added to the main admin screen.
We have just started a practical helps ministry called “Hope Team” in our church. We’ve added some functionality into the WordPress Church Admin plugin. You can create jobs like babysitting, hospitality, visiting, DIY etc and then add people to the team and select jobs.
At the moment you can just print a pdf and sync it to Mailchimp. Soon I’ll be adding bulk sms and email functionality so you can communicate needs to hope team members.
I’ve made a few improvements for the Address List section of the plugin over the last few weeks.
Firstly display is valid HTML5 with microdata – it looks the same, just works better!
There’s now an edit link next to each entry.
If a site user is logged in and they click their edit entry icon, they will be able to edit their household.
For that to work, admins need to make sure that directory households have a site wordpress username and password setup by the plugin – that can be done from the Display Household page and by editing each member of a household.
We bumped through our Google Static Maps courtesy limit, so I have put the requirement for an api key if you want to use the little maps.
You can sign up for an api key here, then just add api_key=# to the shortcode or you will get the ugly dummy image!
Version 0.5941 of the Church Admin will contain an American English translation of the plugin – so Rota becomes Schedule! If there are any other ways you’d like the Queens English mangled, please do let me know Old Chaps!
If you use UK English – make sure define(‘WPLANG’,’en_GB’); is set in your wp-config.php file.
If US English – make sure define(‘WPLANG’,’en_US’); is set in your wp-config.php file.