McKinney, TX (PRWEB) July 22, 2014
Walmedia, LLC, the parent company of Lift UX (a user experience design company) and UpThemes (a commercial WordPress theme provider) has formally announced its acquisition of ChurchThemes, the first church-specific WordPress theme provider offering free and commercial (paid) themes to its customers. The purchase includes http://churchthemes.net and all additional assets owned by ChurchThemes, LLC, effective July 15th, 2014. ChurchThemes, started by Frankie Jarrett of St. Joseph, MO, has been in business since July 2011 and has seen over 45,000 downloads of its free themes since then.
“We met Frankie at WordCamp Austin just as we were preparing to release our first church theme, Uplifted," said Chris Wallace, one of the managing members of Walmedia. "Once we found out Frankie was looking for a buyer for ChurchThemes, we immediately saw an opportunity to make a fantastic addition to our WordPress product lineup.”
The long-term strategy for ChurchThemes involves converting it to a marketplace for theme vendors to sell WordPress themes and other useful design assets like stock photography and motion videography. The marketplace will also feed into a hosted website platform built just for churches, making it easy to set up a website within a few minutes for less than most current church website solutions.
To lead the development of this new product, Walmedia has hired Adam Clark to become Director of Product. He is the co-founder of a new broadcast network, Goodstuff.fm, and owner of Bottlerocket Creative, a small web shop based in Chattanooga, Tn. His most recent venture is wptheory.net, a highly streamlined service that provides customers with a “website-in-a-day” using WordPress as the foundation. Adam will be leading the ChurchThemes product line, as well as the launch of a hosted church website product in the coming months.
"I've spent years working with churches and building church-specific WordPress themes, but have never been fully satisfied with the solutions available," said Adam. "About five years ago, I started researching the possibility of a hosted website platform specific to churches and ministries. It was only an idea at the time, but an idea I couldn't shake."
"Having been a church planter myself in the past, I felt I had a unique understanding of what churches and ministries really need. Near the end of 2013, I decided it was time to take all the research and interviews I had accumulated and make this product a reality. When I met Chris and Brad, it quickly became apparent that our visions for such a product were remarkably similar. In the end, we decided the best way to build something truly great was to join forces."