How to translate my Church Admin Plugin

I love the fact that Church admin is being used in so many nations now – why not help by translating it?

It’s easier than you think. Firstly you need a free program call Poedit from www.poeditor.net – it works on Mac and Windows

Once installed open it up and click on “Create a new translation” if you are starting a new translation or open existing if updating one.
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Then select a “po” file from the languages folder to translate from default.po is the UK English file
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For a new translation – you’ll have the option to set the translation language at this point. then click on each source text in turn and type in the translation in the bottom “Translation box”
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When you have finished click “Validate” to make sure it’s valid, which will hopefully bring up the following alert box

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Click okay and then save.

Poedit will have started the filename with the correct language and country code you have chosen earlier – in this case American English (with all it’s butchering of the Queen’s English 😉 )

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WordPress has a naming convention where you need to prepend that with the plugin name and a hyphen – so the filename becomes church-admin-en_US.po

Then click save. You can then upload for your own use. Please email me the file to “clients AT themoyles DOT co DOT uk”, so I can add it to the WordPress repository for use by others too.

Thanks

Last step! You need to internationalise your installation, if you haven’t already!
In wp-config.php add the line

define(‘WPLANG’, ‘en_US’);

where you use the right language and country code for your nation and language

Emailing out Service Rotas

I’ve finally managed to fix and improve emailing out service rotas – the 2 bugs were simple to fix, but I wanted to add a message to the email too. Please update to v0.584 now for the improvement.

As ever do let me know via the support pages if you find a bug – I’d love the Church Admin plugin to serve your church well! If you do use it please consider a paypal donation -we would like to visit friends who are planting in China and your donation will help us go and be a blessing.

Adding people to ministries

I wanted to make it easier to add people to a specific ministry in the church – which helps with communicating by email and rotas. So as of v0.580 when you click on a specific ministry within the Ministry List, you will be able to see who is in that ministry and delete them or add new ones.

The add field is autocomplete so you can add more than one at a time with commas.

For privacy, only partial names are shown!
For privacy, only partial names are shown!

Hope it helps!

What other features would you like to see?

School Parents Evening Booking System

A local primary school wanted a parents evening booking system for their WordPress based site.
It needed to be secure, but simple and easy to use.

The public booking page looks like the picture below – parents click on their class to add their child’s name and choose from an available appointment.

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The form is protected by the usual WordPress security features and an added Captcha to stop spambots auto booking

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In the admin area, administrators can add, edit and delete classes, create parents evenings and print out a pdf of the bookings for the teachers.

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If you’d like a copy for your school we charge £40 which includes email support and updates.

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Small Group Maps

The latest version 0.557 of the WordPress Church Admin plugin has gone international and maptastic!

1) Addresses are now entered in a one line format to be more international friendly. On the output pages a comma will trigger a new line.

2) People can have a prefix before their surname like “van der” – but the directories will still be sorted by alphabetic surname

3) You can store a meeting venue for small groups and geocode the address for a map
[church_admin type=”small-groups-list” map=1] will give the map format if you have geocoded addresses and defaults back to the old format if not.

[church_admin type=”small-groups-list” map=1]

www.thegatewaychurch.info

the-gateway-church A good church website needs to do a lot of things.
1) To a potential first time visitor, it needs to communicates the who, what, where and when through words, images, sermon mp3s and even video that the church is worth trying
2) To regulars, it needs to help the church flow and function in its mission through information, downloads, rotas, perhaps even offering sms and email messaging to users.

The Gateway Church website does all that – a first timer will get enough of a feel from the front page to visit and under the hood are powerful communication and administration tools to facilitate the church mission

Improvements to Church Admin Plugin

I’ve made some improvements to the Church Admin Plugin in v0.52

Main menu – vastly improved with drag and drop and close

Rota management – the rota now uses autocomplete to store people in their job! You can also email the rota out to participants

Sermons – can now be uploaded and podcasted – mosts hosts have an upload limit of 8MB, so there is a facility to add already uploaded files that perhaps you have ftp’d.

The cache of emails is now stored in a subdirectory the uploads directory – with a redirect in the old directory.

Photos You can upload photos for people, but not much use is made of them yet

Fixes

  • Activation errors
  • Tied up code and initialise all variables more correctly
  • Functions that require people to be in the directory first only show when directory is populated.

Coming Soon

  1. Shortcodes page in the menu to list all the shortcode options
  2. Photos in the directory as an option
  3. Bible passages in the sermon uploader
  4. Rewrite of the calendar module – with ical support
  5. Instruction Manual

Writing and updating the plugin is pretty time consuming but fun and largely fuelled by coffee, so if you like, please thank me with a brew!…


What would you like to see added to the plugin?

www.panachehaircompany.com

panache-hair-companyPanache Hair Company needed a show case website for a great new hairdressing and beauty salon in King’ Lynn. Sharon and her team wanted the best hairdressing website in town to gain new clients – we are confident we have delivered! The colour scheme matches the interior of the salon. Don’t forget to get a £5 off coupon from the front page.

Panache Hair Company is doing well and in a recent local news paper article cites the website as part of that success story “The company website has played a signifcant role in attracting customers from near and far and she also frequently uses Facebook to let people know about special offers.”