Website development notes January 12, 2020

Calendars. Help Menu. FAQ page. Faith pages. Links page. New Page footer. Scroll To Top button. Notification Bar. To-do and CSS.

In our website meeting in January 9, we identified a number of areas that needed more work.

It’s been much too cold to play outside the last few days.

So I have spent the time filling in a lot of the missing pieces.


I created two new Google calendars in the liturgycom@gmail account, one for Masses, one for Events.

One login (& password) will easily update both calendars.

The calendars are up to date. The website displays them now instead of “Roger’s Masses” and Roger’s Events”.

I will look after updating the calendars for now.

The Help Menu

The Help menu is now a drop-down to include

  • FAQ
  • Vermilion Food Bank
  • Food Bank Hours

FAQ page

This section is now as complete as I originally wanted it to be. I found some really good material for the questions-and-answers. Lots of material.

I plagiarized poached used with grateful acknowledgement material from the Archdiocese of Vancouver, Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops and others.

Of course, this is all subject to vetting by Fr J.

The Faith Menu

What started out as the requisite Sacraments information is now:

  • Catholic Faith
    • What we believe
    • The Creed
    • Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Sacraments
    • What are Sacraments?
    • Baptism
    • Confirmation
    • Communion
    • Reconciliation
    • Anointing of the Sick
    • Holy Orders
    • Marriage
  • Daily Readings
  • Becoming Catholic
  • Catholics Come Home
  • Prayers
  • Our Parish Prayer
  • GIRM

These pages are loaded with links to Edmonton Archdiocese, CCCB, UCCB, Vancouver Archdiocese, The Vatican and others. There are even suggestions (links) on where to buy the Catechism.


The extensive use of external links, while providing an enormous amount of information to present, comes with a trade-off.
When the target websites change, the links break.
This just increases the maintenance needed for this website.

Parish Logo & Name in page footer

After spending some hours putting the logo & Parish name at the bottom of every page, I discovered a coding technique that does a better job.

I changed every page to include a “reusable code” block. Now, simply changing the block in one place, will change all pages where it is used. Right now it says “Under construction”. Next maybe it could say “Happy Easter”.

Scroll to Top button

I found a plugin that displays a little button in the bottom right-hand corner that scroll the page to the top.
It show as soon as the page is scrolled down a bit. It’s handy for long pages.

Notification Bar

Another plugin I found. Right now it displays a red banner at the top of the first page you land on, saying this is a pre-release version.

One click switches this banner on and off, with numerous options, colours, positions, timing, etc. Most of the time, it will be switched off, but It can be used to display any extraordinary message we need to highlight.

What’s next?

To do before the Parish Council meeting January 14, 2020:

  • Add an email or link or contact page to ask for submissions for the Events calendar or blog
  • Put Bulletins link in Masses/calendar page. Possibly take Bulletins out of the News menu drop-down and change Masses/Calendar menu to Masses/Calendar/Bulletins.
  • Delete “About Holy Name Parish” page and move it contents to the front page. It’s mostly duplicated there, anyway.
    Add “Location” links to go to the 3 churches photos, addresses and map links
  • Change “Holy Blog!” title to something less, um, provocative like maybe “All”

And now…

  • It’s time for me to learn CSS (“Cascading Style Sheets”) code to really get control of this WordPress stuff
  • It’s gonna be painful, but there are some things I can’t do otherwise.