I have a very small “side business” setting up websites/blogs and customizing templates for churches and individual. Over the years, I’ve become very fond of Joomla, a content management system (CMS) that I think works well for churches and small businesses.

A couple of years ago, I set up a site for my friend, Dug Harris. He was just launching South Loop Church and needed to promote his new church online. The site served him well, but recently, he and I were both itching for a redesign.

I built the original site by slightly customizing the Bliss template from Joomla Bamboo. You can find the old site here for a limited time (some of the links are broken now due to the update, but you can see how it looked).

The new site launched this past weekend. Of all the site’s I’ve set up with Joomla and customized, it’s by far my favorite. You can see it in the screenshot below or in full at (To see the original template, click here.)

For examples of some of the other work I’ve done or to contact me regarding putting a site together for you, visit



I realize that some people may look at this and say something like, “I could do that.” And you’re probably right! Joomla is an incredibly power and free CMS. There are plenty of great developers out there that make excellent templates for an affordable price. If you aren’t interested in having me set up a website for you, but you want to do this on your own, please consider helping me out by using my affiliate links. Before you make your purchase, just click on the ads to the right. I highly recommend these companies. Thanks!

Author: Erik

Erik lives in Bethalto, IL were he serves as the Executive Pastor at Cornerstone Church. He and his wife, Bethany, have two boys (Parker and Kent). He's an Apple fan and all around techie who loves Angry Birds and Words With Friends.

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