Version History of the UUA WordPress Theme for Congregations

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1.4.0  April 16, 2024

Enhancements to the Theme:

  • Updated 'UUA Bookstore' widget to use new JSON feed to retrieve book data.
  • Updated Kirki Framework toolkit - from 3.1.5 to 4.0.21.
  • Updated Kernl Update Checker for getting new versions.

Fixes to the Theme:

  • Use default WP excerpts instead of custom function which causes conflicts with global $post.
  • Removed 'Staffer' and 'Custom Sidebars' as recommended plugins.
  • Fixed minor styling issues.

1.3.3 - September 10, 2020

Another fix for the Customizer incompatibility.

1.3.2 - September 3, 2020

Fix incompatibility with Customizer in WordPress 5.5.

1.3.1 - March 27, 2020

Enhancement to the Theme: Enable displaying a banner at the top of every page. Here are instructions.

We also published instructions for embedding a live video player on a webpage.

1.3.0  September 6, 2019

Enhancements to the Theme:

  • Carousel: Added support for the MetaSlider plugin as an alternative to the barely-supported CPT Bootstrap Carousel plugin. Both now work.
  • Testimonials: Added support for using the Testimonials feature of Jetpack as an alternative to the Testimonials by WooThemes plugin.
  • Added visual shortcuts to the Customizer view to make editing the homepage, sidebars, and header/footer easier. See configuring your homepage for more detailed instructions.

Fixes to the Theme:

  • Show default setting of Site Color Scheme option for new installs. Defaults to "Dark Blue."
  • Minor improvements to the theme's header.php template.

UUA Services Plugin (Version 1.1.1):

  • Enhancement - added support for Jetpack Copy Post to duplicate existing Services.
  • Enhancement - updated Kernl Update Checker for getting new versions.
  • Fixed - display correct service date on old services where the Service Date & Time fields are blank.
  • Fixed - order taxonomy archives by service date and not published date. For example, viewing services by topic.

1.2.2  February 20, 2019


  • Ensure the theme's recommended plugins use the correct download link for the UUA Services plugin; allowing users to update to the correct version.

Additional steps after updating: None needed.

1.2.1  December 14, 2018


  • Prevent fatal error with the UUA Feature Box widget on sites running on PHP 5.6 or lower.

Additional steps after updating: None needed.

1.2.0  December 12, 2018

Enhancements to the Theme:

  • Optimized theme images.
  • Enable map to display without Google API Key.
  • Automated release management, to make it easier for the UUA to do more frequent releases.
  • Kernl now tracks PHP version and language of theme installs.
  • Updated example child theme.

Fixes to the Theme:

  • Prevent horizontal scrolling on mobile view.
  • Fix the UUA Feature Box widget refusing to accept images.
  • Better security by sanitizing widget and shortcode input.
  • Recommended plugin notices should not appear for non-admins.
  • Remove example “Custom Template” page template.

Enhancements to the Services Plugin (Version 1.1.0):

  • Expose the service data to the WordPress REST API to allow developers to interact with services remotely via JSON. For example: http://<your-site>/wp-json/wp/v2/uu_services.
  • New shortcode [uua_services] to simplify service listing and limit the number of services per page.
  • Renamed “Service Time Display” admin label to “Display Date and Time.”
  • Use the WordPress General Settings date and time format for displaying dates by default.
  • Sort services by service date in admin panel.
  • Fix service AM/PM issue.
  • No longer requires template files from the theme; allowing the plugin to be updated independently.

1.1.3 – March 1, 2018


  • Fixed sidebar issue on pages with the [ staffer ] shortcode
  • In Services plugin (1.0.3), fixed worship service issue where services were considered to be in the past too early.

1.1.2 – January 16, 2018


  • Removed jQuery enqueue function.
  • In Services plugin (1.0.2), corrected the div placement in the services archive shortcode.
  • Thank you to dgranja and Heather Chen.

1.1.1 – January 9, 2018


  • Fixed JavaScript so carousel right/left links work
  • Updated listings of services so that speaker wasn't in the left column anymore on upcoming or past services. Also fixed the commas when there are multiple speakers.
  • Fixed the full-page template so that the sidebar no longer shows up.


  • Home page widget images now pop out a little when you hover over them.
  • Added custom fields to services for service time and display service time.The “Service Date and Time” field is now what the system uses to determine whether the service is in the past (in the archive) or in the future (on the Future Services listing). We no longer use the publish date for this purpose, which allows congregations to publish their services instead of scheduling them. This will allow you to link to and promote future service pages. The “Service Time Display” field is what’s displayed on the site; you can enter “Jan. 1, 2018 at 10am and noon” or any text to show multiple service times. Note: The service date should be migrated from the scheduled date for all existing service pages. Oddly, sometimes it won’t display on the administrative pages but does on the site.
  • Updated logos for Welcoming Congregations and Green Sanctuary
  • Implemented Google Maps API key. Google now requires an API key to be entered for the map under the directions to work.
  • Added a description field to archives (so bios added to speakers in the description field will show at the top of their archive page).
  • Added a UUA inSpirit Bookstore widget. You can choose from three types of books to display.
  • Fixed the upcoming and past services shortcodes to allow them to display inline (text above and below the listings).
  • Added topics to the single-service view.
  • Fixed the media library image uploader for home page featured box widgets.
  • Added a function to allow HTML in excerpts. For example, you can include links in the excerpt for services, including adding a “Read More” link if you want people to go to the full service page.
  • Enabled changing the text that’s built into the theme (e.g., for sites in other languages).
  • Created a child theme for customizing templates and functionality. Use the Additional CSS option in the Customizer (if you have Jetpack turned on) for simple style changes.

1.0 – October 26, 2015

  • Initial Public Release