Perelandra is a new company to the WordPress space, well to the entire interwebz. Even though Perelandra may be new, I’ve been working in WordPress for quite a while and have become frustrated with the state of WordPress plugins for churches. After always talking about building a sermon manager or Bible study group manager for WordPress, I’ve taken the leap and started building Perelandra’s first plugin, Perelandra Sermons.
While Perelandra Sermons isn’t close to being finished at this point, I wanted to start writing about our design and development process so that you will be able to see what we have accomplished so far and provide your feedback and input on what features you might like to see added to the plugin. Even though I am only focusing on Perelandra Sermons right now, I have plans to immediately start building a Bible study group manager once Sermons is launched to the public.
My goal is to see Perelandra Sermons become the de-facto Sermon manager plugin that churches will use when building their websites. I’m taking a very WordPress-centric approach to building this app. The minute that you install and activate Perelandra Sermons, you will feel right at home within the WordPress admin and will be able to start adding sermons to your website with very little setup.
- Automatically upload videos to Vimeo, YouTube, and Wistia when you create a sermon
- Automatically publish sermons to a video and audio podcast
- Offload all video and audio files to Amazon S3 to ensure your website does not run out of storage space
- Appropriately style video embeds and ensure that they are responsive to any device
- Display Bible verses for visitors to read while watching the sermon
- Categorize sermons by Series, Speakers, and Locations
- Multiple default layouts to display your sermons
- Ability to override all template files for a completely custom sermon listing
- Add a transcript for a sermon
- Add study notes and other attachments to a sermon
- Documentation on all aspects of creating and managing sermons
If you are interested in being one of the first people to hear when we launch or beta test the plugin, please sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of the post. My goal is to keep this blog and newsletter updated on a regular basis with progress, feature changes, or requests for feedback. I will be sure to include a lot of screenshots and videos of me using the plugin as I build out new features.