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New Themes, Easier to Change Themes

Written by Paul Steinbrueck

We’re excited to tell you about two new improvements to our WP-EZ Website Builder.

First, we’ve added the Frozen Sidebar family of themes, which includes 16 new themes. Frozen Sidebar themes feature site title, slogan, social media icons and navigation menu in a left sidebar that stays “frozen” while scrolling down the main content area. Also, some of the page templates also have semi-transparent content areas which give you a hint of the cool background image showing through the content.

While most website themes today (including most WP-EZ themes) feature a horizontal menu across the top, we wanted to give our users who like the classic vertical menu on the left side another theme option.

There are 4 variations of the Frozen sidebar:

  • Frozen Sidebar Church
  • Frozen Sidebar School
  • Frozen Sidebar Ministry
  • Frozen Sidebar Business

In addition to the classic white, there are also blue, red, and yellow variations of each theme.

Check out the video tour of the Frozen Sidebar Church theme.

You can change to one of the Frozen Sidebar themes by logging into MyOCC and clicking the “Change Theme” button to the right of your website address.

Easier Than Ever to Change Themes

If you are already using one of our newer, WP-EZ 2.0 themes, we have made it easier than ever to switch to another WP-EZ theme by giving you the option to just change your theme and not your pages.

One of the best features of the WP-EZ Website Builder (version 2.0) is that every theme comes with Pages Templates. Page Templates are pre-defined pages with sample text and sample images, already laid out in a beautiful format, so that all you have to do is swap in your text and images in place of the sample text and images and you have a great looking web page.

Previously, when changing themes, the page templates for that theme were automatically loaded into the website as unpublished “drafts.” The web administrator then edited those draft pages. When done editing, they clicked the “Activate [theme name] Theme” button, which published all the new pages and deleted all the old pages.

Some of you told us you don’t want to create a whole new set of pages but want to change themes and keep your existing pages. If your website already has a WP-EZ 2.0 theme, on the Change Theme tool, you’ll now see an option to “Add default pages for this theme.” Leave this box unchecked and you can keep your existing pages.

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We decided to do this because sites already using a 2.0 theme, already have their pages built using the WP-EZ 2.0 drag-and-drop page builder, and the page templates from one 2.0 theme to another are fairly similar.

Migrating from WP-EZ 1.0 to WP-EZ 2.0

Note that if you don’t see the “Add default pages for this theme” option, it means you are still using a WP-EZ 1.0 themes. When you change themes, you will get the default pages, you’ll need to edit them, and then when you activate your theme, the new pages will be published and your current pages deleted.

As explained in the WP-EZ 1.0 to 2.0 Migration FAQs, one of the biggest problems we see with websites, is the layout and format of page content is often poor. We see a lot of pages with no images or tiny images, 3 or more different colors of text, multiple fonts, inconsistent headings. One of the main goals of WP-EZ 2.0 is to help users format their page content better.

If you’re not yet using our WP-EZ Website Builder, what are you waiting for? Great looking themes. Quick and easy to build and edit…

Build a website for your church, school, ministry or business here!

Comment and discuss:

  • What do you think of the new Frozen Sidebar family of themes?
  • What do you think about the new feature that enables users to change from one 2.0 theme to another without having to change pages?

About the author

Paul Steinbrueck

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck.

2 Comments

  • Sorry, we will probably not have the web site when it comes due again. I got tired of trying to update, looked ok till published, then being told that it was me or the way I was doing it or something like that. Haven’t worked on it in ages.

    • Hi Nancy, your website looks pretty good to me. The only thing I noticed is there are some images that are small and would look better if replaced with images that span the full width of the page. And some pages that have no images would look better if an image was added. What specifically isn’t looking the way you want it? What can we help you with?

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