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Advanced Features in the Sermons Module

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2016 04:24PM CST

**Please note: a few of these features apply primarily to our responsive designs. Please keep this in mind as you read through the article. If you don't see some of these features in your CMS, there's a good chance your site is not responsive. If you need help finding out whether or not your design is responsive, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-409-6631 x2 and we'd be glad to assist you!

All Sermons

To get to the Sermons module in the Content Management System (CMS), click on the Publish tab and then go to "Sermons" on the left hand side. This section will list all of your sermons by date. From here you can edit a sermon, delete a sermon, as well as save a sermon as a draft (or publish a sermon that was previously saved as a draft).You can also "Feature" a sermon which will update the way it is displayed on your live site (if your design features sermons on the home page).

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Live View:

Topics

The Topics section is a tool that makes it much easier for people to differentiate between multiple different types of sermons. To get here, click Publish > Sermons > Topics in your CMS. You'll see a button in the top right corner that says Add Category. Once you've added a few new topics (for example Expository, Topical or Marriage & Family), you can then go through your sermons and add topics to each message. This section will also display how many sermons you have under each topic, as well as allow you to rename or delete a topic you no longer need.




 

Series

The Series section allows you to add more detail to your sermon series. To get here, go to Publish > Sermons > Series in the CMS. From this tab, you can edit, delete or set a series as Current. By opening the series to edit it, you can also add a Series Graphic as well as a Series Trailer if desired. You can add a date range for the series and a description so that your viewers know what to expect from the sermons within the series.

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Campuses

This section if for multi-campus congregations. It gives you a place to collect your sermons by the campus from which they're spoken from. 
 

Settings

The settings tab gives you multiple options for how your sermon content is viewed on your website and as a podcast in iTunes. The "Tabs/Language" section allows you to select if you'd prefer to have the current series show by default (or all sermons). It also lets you select the sorting tabs you'd like to see on your site, including sorting by Series, Date, Scripture, Speaker and Topic. Toward the bottom of this section you can change the wording for how your sermons are described. For example if you'd prefer for your sermons to be called "Messages", you can make that change here. 



The "Page Details" tab allows you to change the title of your Sermons page as well as the description, URL, tags and other content. 



The "iTunes" tab gives you control over how your podcast is viewed in iTunes. You can change the title, the summary, the category, the podcast owner, and even choose to feature a separate URL for a feed hosted with a 3rd party service. You can also change your podcast image at any time, just remember iTunes requires the image to be at least 1400x1400 pixels.



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