WordPress Just Got a ‘Religious Makeover’
London, UK — 04/22/2015 — Over a week ago, using the fully hosted version of the popular open-source WordPress content management system, Dean Jones a devoted Christian introduced a blog portal that focuses specifically on religion.
Today’s announcement marks Dean Jones’s first direct foray into the blogging arena with already well over 300 signups.
Jones, a 36-year-old Project Manager from London argues that “godinterest.org gives occasion to a whole new set of conversations about religion in public life and represents the pos-sibility of a common conversation among a diverse set of voices. ”
There is no doubt that WordPress.com is one of the most popular blogging plat-forms so when asked what’s special and about Godinterest.org? Jones stat-ed the following points: ”
– Only for Religion- Godinterest.org is targeted at those in Religion rather than general blogging. We envision blogs being used to facilitate discussion, replace paper newsletters, encourage students to blog, post videos podcasts and presen-tation and create class publications. To achieve this, we have built in a few fea-tures that you won’t see on your regular WordPress.com account (but could get via self-hosting).
– Accounts – Godinterest.org offers a range of accounts not limited to an individual. The basic version is a free account which gives you basic features comparable to WordPress.com but without some of the themes and Ad free (a nice incentive to an educator) after that there are educator accounts (at only £3 a month or £12 a year) which opens up more options like embedding html videos and the ability to set up, and monitor, blogs for students. Other perks of an educators account include custom domains, use of plugins and visitor stats. godinterest.org also offers free upgrades for students when attached to a Pro blog.
– Wikis – can be a great features for project work and collaboration. However, they can also be a useful way to provide resources for students to access in their own time and at their leisure to continue their learning beyond the walls of the classroom. Although you can set this up on a self-hosted blog it re-quires more skill than some people have.
– Privacy – students might be more self-concious about their work than your average blogger. The built in privacy features (including password protection) are a great way to help students to build up their confidence.
-Modules – We also plan to implement modules in Scripture, Worship (including Sacraments), Church History and Beliefs on Theology Challenges and provide a variety of resources to help teachers and students explore many aspects of religious knowledge. ”
The future of education is with online technology and there are fewer and better things to be innovating on than just that right now, Godinterest.org offers that opportunity for any reli-gious educator or faith blogger with specific themes and features that will make learning even more effective.