Hopes - Church & Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

Hopes - Church & Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme


Hopes is a powerful and responsive Multipurpose WordPress Theme with pretty much advanced features for church themes. It has all the features what you need for a churches and religious related theme with amazing functionality

Hopes theme has the most wanted features plugins like Revolution Slider and Visual Composer. Theme is non dependant on visual composer. If you wish you can disable the visual composer as the same shortcodes still comes with the theme using our custom shortcodes generator.

Testimonials Post types for displaying testimonials in separate page and carousel and lists style. This theme has an extensive documentation with easy to setup that you can setup your theme in no time. The main content block is placed before the sidebar regardless of the sidebar position, so it is crawled first by search engines, so it’s SEO Optimized. Hopes Theme has tons of features see detailed list below


  • Flex Slider
  • Static Image
  • Slider Revolution
  • Custom Slider – for Third Party Sliders
  • Video Slider – single video display
  • Video Slider Supports Shortcodes. Supports YouTube and Vimeo too.


  • 5 Header Styles
  • Unlimited Sidebars for any page
  • Latest Fontawesome Icons
  • Left Sidebar option
  • Right Sidebar option
  • Full width page option
  • Full width section shortcode with parallax background option
  • Assign Slider on any page.
  • Disable breadcrumb for any page you wish
  • Use Left/Sidebar for any page you wish
  • Add subheader background color for any page
  • 3 Subheader Alignments Left, Right and Center.
  • 500+ Google Web Fonts
  • Sticky Bar on top
  • Business Hours Plugin worth $12
  • Custom Background Image for pages
  • Custom Background Image for posts
  • Custom Subheader Image for pages and posts
  • Custom Subheader Teasertext for pages and posts
  • Custom Subheader Height for pages.
  • Testimonials List Shortcode
  • Widgetized Footer
  • Unlimited Sidebars. Create and select any sidebar for each page.
  • Unlimited Color Skinning Options
  • Multi Threaded Comments
  • 9 Post Formats (Standard, Aside, Audio, Link, Image, Gallery, Quote, Status, Video)
  • Built in Shortcodes Generator.
  • Advanced Options Panel (Import or Export for options settings.)
  • Blog Page Template


  • Accordion
  • Alert Boxes
    • Info
    • Alert
    • Success
    • Light Gray
    • Dark
    • Custom
  • Appointment CallOut
  • Block Quotes
  • Blog Carousel
  • Boxes
    • Fancy Box
    • Framed Box
  • Button
    • Flat
    • Border
  • CallOut Box
  • Column Layouts
  • Contact Info
  • Dividers
    • Clear Both
    • Dividers
    • Demo Space
    • Custom Divider
  • Drop cap
    • Drop cap 1
    • Drop cap 2
    • Drop cap 3
  • Fancy Ampersand
  • Fancy Heading
    • h1,h2,h3,h4,h5,h6,large,xlarge
  • Flickr Photos
  • Google Font
  • Google Map
  • Highlight
  • Highlight 2
  • Icon Styles
  • Image
  • List Styles
  • CountDown
  • Milestone
  • Progress Bar
  • Progress Circle
  • Section Fullwidth
  • Services
  • Share Link
  • Staff Box
  • Testimonials
    • List
    • Fade
    • Carousel
  • Twitter Tweets
  • Vimeo
  • Youtube

Custom Backgrounds

  • Body
  • Pages
  • Header
  • Sub header
  • Featured Slider Area
  • Footer

Other Features

  • Google Map shortcode
  • Google Map With Custom Color Stylers Integrated
  • Extensive Documentation
  • Child Theme Compatible
  • Localization ready
  • WPMU Compatible
  • WordPress 4.0+ Tested
  • Text Widget Support Shortcodes.
  • 80+ Custom Shortcodes
  • This theme skinning options empowers you to change any elements such as backgrounds, texts, links, menu, typography, etc.

10 Custom Widgets

  • Hopes – Contact Info
  • Hopes – Popular Posts
  • Hopes – Flickr Photos
  • Hopes – Post Gallery
  • Hopes – Recent Posts
  • Hopes – Sociables
  • Hopes – Testimonials Submission
  • Hopes – Twitter
  • CT Archives
  • CT Categories
  • CT Locations
  • CT People
  • CT Sermons
  • Business Hours Pro
  • Breadcrumb NavXT
  • Revolution Slider
  • Hopes – Popular Posts Widget – Display the most popular posts based on comments with title and date with no of comments or title and post excerpt. Also provides you an option to display post thumbnail or no image. Limit the number of posts to display. Limit the characters to display if title and content is chosen
  • Hopes – Recent Posts Widget – Display the most recent posts with title and date with no of comments or title and post excerpt. Also provides you an option to display post thumbnail or no image. Limit the number of posts to display. Limit the characters to display if title and content is chosen
  • Hopes – Sociables * – Displays a sociables saved in theme options panel.
  • Hopes – Testimonials Submission* – Submissions for testimonials which will be posted by visitors and you can publish it or approve it if you would like to display in on the site.
  • Hopes – Twitter – Display the recent tweets with limiting the tweets and displays the tweets posted status

Custom Post Types

  • Gallery
  • Sermons
  • People
  • Locations
  • Slider

Color Customization

  • Over 500+ Google fonts offered with theme
  • Unlimited combinations of colors editing for many elements
  • Background Images – You can also upload background images on per section bases instead of solid background color for subheader, body background etc.
  • If you want to change only less places select only theme color from options panel and for menu define your own style.
Theme currently has 10 Footer Column Layout Styles where you can place the custom widgets or default widgets

Theme Localization

This theme is Internationalization and localization built into its structure to easily used for different languages. Few texts in the theme have an option to change texts in theme options panel.

Updates Change log

v4.5.1 - 2018-02-05
### Changed
- Slider Revolution Plugin to v5.4.6.4
- Visual Composer Plugin to v5.4.5
- Business Hours Pro Plugin to v5.2

v4.5.0 - 2018-01-19
### Changed
- Slider Revolution Plugin to v5.4.6
- Visual Composer Plugin to v5.3
- Business Hours Pro Plugin to v4.3.1

### Fixed
- vc_pattern issue fixed its due to deprecated function.
- Testimonial Shortcode not showing names.

v4.4.0 - 2017-10-08
### Changed
- Slider Revolution Plugin to v5.4.6
- Visual Composer Plugin to v5.3
- Business Hours Pro Plugin to v4.3.1

### Fixed
- Categories not displaying in Sermons shortcode.
- Categories not displaying in People shortcode.
- Categories not displaying in Sermons Books shortcode.
- Categories not displaying in Sermons series shortcode.
- Categories not displaying in Sermons topics shortcode.
- Categories not displaying in Sermons speakers shortcode.
- Demo install doesn't set frontpage by default.

v4.3.0 - 2017-08-18
### Added
- Smooth Transition for the links.

### Changed
- Visual Composer Plugin to v5.2
- Slider Revolution Plugin to v5.4.5.1
- Business Hours Pro Plugin to v4.3.1
- Fontawesome icons to v4.7.0

### Removed
- Edit post link option from page.php.
- Multiple box-sizing properties.

### Fixed
- Tribe Events pagination in responsive.
- Post Pagination issues in the responsive.
- header style 3 responsive nav icon.
- Responsive issues with the inner content area.
- Font awesome shortcodes for staff socials.
- WooCommerce shop page responsive.
- On sale shop icon on the WooCommerce shop page.

v4.2.0 - 2017-06-19
### Changed
- Slider Revolution Plugin to v5.4.5.1
- Visual Composer Plugin to v5.1.1
- Business Hours Pro Plugin to v4.3.1
- WooCommerce content product page template.
- WooCommerce content single product page template.

### Removed
- Support for IE6,7,8,9 Browsers.
- Unwanted font awesome css files.

v4.1.0 - 2017-03-30
### Changed
- Business Hours Pro Plugin to v4.1.0
- Visual Composer Plugin to v5.1
- Revolution Slider Plugin to v5.1.0

### Fixed
- Blog page issue with the single page title.
- The wp-admin bar overlapping issue for Fixed Header.

v4.0.0 - 2017-02-03
### Added
- Fontawesome Icons for the theme options menu bar.
- New One-Click Demo Installer.

### Changed
- Backend UI for page meta options.
- Sociables theme options jquery.
- Default sidebar from the right sidebar to left sidebar.
- Topbar font size increased to 13px.
- Footer default background color.
- Copyright default background color. 
- Screenshot.png.
- Hopes-textdomain.pot file.
- Slider Revolution Plugin to v5.3.1.5
- Business Hours Pro Plugin to v3.6.3
- Visual Composer to Plugin v5.0.1
- TGM Class Activation Plugin.
- New dashicons for the WordPress backend post types.
- New User Interface for the theme options panel.

### Removed
- Old images for the columns and sidebars.
- Chosen jquery conflict with woocommerce.
- Old One Click Demo Content.
- Chosen jquery css conflict with other plugins.
- Unwanted old sociables images icons.
- Unwanted old sociables css.

### Fixed
- Breadcrumb Navigation alignment issue.
- Footer custom menu widget css conflict with sidebar custom menu.

:warning: *Existing buyers kindly please take backup before making an update.*

v3.4.0 - 2016-09-27
### Added
- Copyright text link color by default.
- Prefix for the jquery UI datepicker.
- 200+ New Google Fonts.
- Conditional code for the copyright area bottom. Hides if no content.

### Changed
- Single page template version number.
- WooCommerce to the latest version.
- Version number in style.css
- Menu font size increased by default.
- Subheader fontsize increased and weight reduced to 700.
- Display comments without default condition for post single page.
- Version numbers in the tgm class activation file.
- Visual Composer Plugin to v4.12.1
- Default slider image.
- Default slider image.
- Datepicker with a new prefix to avoid conflict with breadcrumb-navxt.
- Flex title with fonts from core heading family.
- Sermons widget titles font size increased.
- Font-weight removed from the sermon header time display.

### Removed
- Old sample data XML file and widgets JSON data.
- Edit post link for the archive and other post type single pages.

### Fixed
- An issue with the slider direction navigation color.
- Red border for the theme options save changes buttons.
- Issue importing sample widgets.
- Importing sample data issues after v4.6.1
- Conditional code for the empty div in the subheader.
- Hides the about author if there is no biography of the author in posts.
- Columns with the shop page template.
- Subheader vertical-align issue for the title.
- Breadcrumbs default arrow with fontawesome added.
- Progressbar font size increased.
- Church post type plugins title font weight Changed.
- Missing holder for the Custom VC Addons elements.

v3.3.0 - 2016-07-25
### Changed
- Church Category Widgets redirection on select for widgets.
- Revolution Slider Plugin to v5.2.6
- Google Map Scripts Enqueue.
- Business Hours Pro Plugin v3.6.3
- Plugins and TGMPA to the latest version.
- Google Map API Key Mandatory option.

v3.2.0 - 2016-06-27
### Changed
- TGM Plugin Activation.
- Slider Revolution Plugin to v5.2.5.4
- Visual Composer Plugin to v4.12
- Business Hours Pro Plugin to v3.5.2

### Fixed
- Flex caption horizontally centered with layout

v3.1.1 - 2016-04-21

### Fixed
- Issue with titles appearing on top for Events Calendar Plugin

v3.1.0 - 2016-04-20
### Changed
- Slider Revolution Plugin to v5.2.5
- Visual Composer Plugin to v4.11.2
- Breadcrumb Navxt Plugin to v5.4.0
- Church Theme Content Plugin.
- Theme Text Domain. to hopes-textdomain.

v3.0.0 - 2015-12-02
### Added
- WooCommerce Full Compatibility.
- WooCommerce Mini Cart in Headers.

### Changed
- TGM Class Plugin Activation.
- Revolution Slider Plugin to v5.1.4
- Visual Composer Plugin to v4.8.1
- Breadcrumb NavXT Plugin to v5.3.0
- Church Theme Content to v1.2.1
- Business Hours Pro Plugin to v5.2.4
- Fontawesome to v4.5.0

### Fixed
- Wrong heading elements in sermons archive.
- Wrong heading elements in sermons taxonomy.
- Deprecated Visual Composer function.

### Child Theme Modifications

### Changed
- style.css version.
- functions.php
- page_builder/index.php
- page_builder/aivah_sc/index.php

v2.2.0 - 2015-10-31
### Changed
- Visual Composer Plugin to v4.8.0.1
- Business Hours Pro Plugin to v2.5.0
- Slider Revolution Plugin to v5.1

v2.1.0 - 2015-10-06
### Changed
- Visual Composer Plugin to v4.7.4
- Business Hours Pro Plugin to v2.4.0
- Slider Revolution Plugin to v5.0.9

### Fixed
- Sociable Icons missing in peoples post type.

v2.0.0 - 2015-08-26
### Changed
- Revamped the complete css for the Mega Menu.
- Business Hours Pro Plugin to v2.3.0
- Slider Revolution Plugin to v5.0.4.1
- Visual Composer Plugin to v6.4.2
- Church Theme Content v1.3.3
- Fixed Header Opacity increased.

### Fixed
- Deprecated PHP constructors in WordPress v4.3
- All Headers are issues with responsiveness.
- Mega Menu Issues with column sizes.

:warning: *After Updating the theme kindly please update the plugins by going to your plugins directory
and make sure you deactivate and activate the Business Hours Pro plugin to get all the new features installed
and Changed with the databases.

If you wish to update other plugins manually then kindly download the full package from theme forest
and make sure you update manually at your own risk.*

v1.4.2 - 2015-06-29
### Changed
- Visual Composer Plugin to the latest version.
- Revolution Slider Plugin to the latest version.
- Breadcrumb-navXT Plugin to the latest version.

### Fixed
- jQuery PrettyPhoto to the latest version.

v1.4.1 - 2015-06-02
### Added
- Visual Composer Frontend Editing.

### Fixed
- Visual Frontend editing bug.
- Responsive issues if the logo is wide enough.
- Flex slider auto height removed for responsiveness.

v1.4.0 - 2015-06-02
### Added
- Once Click Import Sample Data.
- Once Click Import Options Data.
- Once Click Exports Options Data.
- Sociable Icons for Instagram.
- Image Alignment CSS in style.css.

### Changed
- Revolutions slider to Latest Version.
- Visual Composer to Latest Version.
- Link to services shortcode now clickable for the image.
- TGM Class plugin activation.
- Breadcrumb Navxt plugin.
- Modified Child Theme files.

### Removed
- Google Analytics Field from the options panel.
- Services link_text attribute from the shortcode.

### Fixed
- Pagination issues with sermons, locations, peoples
- Page breadcrumbs not working
- Featured Image enabled still after disabling the option
- Comments showing in meta after disabling comments in CPT
- Google fonts URL break HTML5 Validation on w3.org
- Blog post Featured Image disable option
- Widget Custom Menu box shadow overlapping

###  Child Theme Modifications

### Changed 
- style.css version.
- functions.php
- church/index.php

v1.3.0 - 2015-03-12
### Added
- Group Hours now if they are the same.
- Toggle option for business hours pro widget.
- Toggle option for business hours pro shortcode.
- Closed Text background color option.
- Frontend Visual Composer option.
- Business hours plugin time format options: Business hours time toggle/show full-time option.

### Changed
- Now back to top icon is hidden in the mobile devices.
- Business Hours Pro plugin to the latest version.

### Fixed
- Sort by last saved options import in theme options panel.
- Taxonomy Archive display messed for Sermons, People & Locations.
- Pagination issue with the blog and other CPT's.
- Pagination issue with taxonomy pages.
- Pagination issue with CPT archive pages.
- Sociables fa prefix missing in admin options.
- Error in child theme activation.

v1.2.1 - 2015-01-20
### Fixed
- Date displaying issue with sermons posts.
- Date issue for the sermons shortcode.
- Date issue for all taxonomies.
- sermons single pages date issue.
- Date issue with all template pages.

### Child Theme Modifications

### Changed
- style.css version.

v1.2.0 - 2015-01-14
### Added
- WordPress Custom Menu for the sidebar with new styles.

### Removed
- Duplicate 'hopes' folder inside of 'hopes' folder.

### Fixed
- Fade option not generating in the testimonial carousel.
- Teaser_option function removed from the static slider.
- Flex Slider query changed to compatible with WordPress v4.1
- Post meta data disable not working.

v1.1.0 - 2015-01-06
### Added
- Child Theme functionality more extending.

### Changed
- Revolution Slider Plugin to v4.6.5
- Visual Composer Plugin to v4.3.5
- Google Page Speed fixes.
- Compressed Javascript files.

### Removed
- Unwanted javascript files.

### Fixed
- WordPress v4.1 Compatibility.
- Multiple Taxonomy issues with post types.
- Visual composer drag issue with WordPress 4.1 Changed.

v1.0 Initial Release - 2014-11-04


Note : Images, Audios and videos are not included in the downloadable package of this theme. Images are from Flickr under the Creative Commons license and some purchased from Photodune.net


Icons: http://fortawesome.github.io/Font-Awesome/
Flex Slider: https://github.com/woothemes/flexslider
PrettyPhoto: http://www.no-margin-for-errors.com/projects/prettyphoto-jquery-lightbox-clone/
Isotope: http://isotope.metafizzy.co/