A little while ago I wrote a series about using WordPress to build a church website. Since then, we’ve come up with a quick and easy solution for posting our worship team schedule. We have a lady who coordinates and schedules our various people who assist during Sunday mornings. She wanted to be able to post this to our website as a reference for people to be able to have at their disposal.
When she emailed me asking if there was a way to post this to our site, I knew we could do it. I just needed to find the fastest and most efficient way to get it done. Since she always types up the schedule in Microsoft Word, the solution was pretty easy: Google Docs. Google Docs lets you create, upload, edit, and share documents online. For this I was interested in uploading and sharing a document.
It takes me about 3 minutes or so every month when she sends me the worship team schedule for the month:
- Upload the file to my Google Docs account.
- Go to the document and click the share button and “Publish as web page…” then “Publish document.” This gives that document it’s own URL that anyone can see as long as they have the address, like this.
- Copy the URL of the document.
- Log in to the back-end of WordPress and go to the page where you want the document to appear.
- Paste the URL into an iframe. (I talk a little bit about using iframes here)
The finished product looks like this. From a design and layout standpoint, there might be better solutions. But from a speed and simplicity standpoint, this gets the job done in a way that we are happy with. You could do the same thing or something similar to post PowerPoints, Excel documents, or PDFs in a way that people can view on the actual page of your website.
I hope this gives some of you some ideas for possible solutions to your needs with your own WordPress church websites.