You can see an example of Series Engine in use on our live demo site here. If you want to kick the tires a bit more, use the form above to request access to our full demo site.
One of the best things about WordPress is the tremendous community of developer support; there are countless numbers of themes and plugins available to choose from!
With that said, we know we're not the only solution of our kind out there, but we do think Series Engine is the best... Here's why:
You can get basic (and limited) podcasting for your site through a few other plugins, but Series Engine's robust podcasting tools are a step above everything else on the market.
Series Engine allows you to create an unlimited number of audio or video podcast feeds from the content you've already uploaded. It's simple to change a variety of feed settings, and feeds can be customized to pull content only from certain Series Types, Series, Speakers, or Topics. Want to feature only Sunday Sermons? Does your student minister want a podcast of only his Messages? You can generate the appropriate feeds in a matter of seconds.
Series Engine podcast feeds can also feature custom artwork, and even Series/Message specific artwork if you desire. If you ever need to move your subscribers to a different feed, that's not a problem, either; you can supply a new address to redirect the feed easily with Series Engine.
Series Engine gives you all of the podcasting power you're looking for, plus incredible sermon archives to use throughout your site. Don't let a generic podcasting plugin slow your ministry down.
Yes! Even if you're not a previous Series Engine user, it is now possible (with v1.9.5+) to bulk upload large message libraries into Series Engine with a single .CSV file. Bulk imports are only recommended for advanced users who are comfortable with data entry and a text editor. Check out the full guide here.
Yes! Ready to move to Series Engine, but have a wealth of sermon content tied to another plugin? Series Engine includes a one-click importer that brings all of your content over with none of the stress. Sermon Browser and Sermon Manager are currently supported, with import for more plugins coming soon.
Yes! Whether you're changing web hosts or just starting fresh with a new site, it's easy to move your Series Engine content and settings from one site to another with our built-in migration tools. Check out the full guide here.
Yes! In addition to the flexible Series Engine pages you'll embed throughout your site, Series Engine's SEO-focused permalink structure is strategically designed to make your content easy to index. Whether your visitors search on your site, or with their favorite search engines, they're sure to find the Message they're looking for in no time.
Yes! Series Engine keeps accurate stats for web views of self-hosted audio, self-hosted video, and even Vimeo embeds. Our stats are different too, as views are only counted when someone clicks play (so you don't get artificially inflated numbers), and view counts are tracked for both desktop and mobile views. If you embed your videos from a different service, you'll want to refer to the stats they provide. For podcasts, we recommend pairing your Series Engine feeds with a service like Feedburner to track stats with their tools.
Yes! As of Version 2.7, Series Engine provides official support for Chinese, Dutch, English, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish, including support for scripture references in each language. You can also easily edit every line of text that visitors to your site see, all in a matter of minutes without ever touching a line of code. This is especially useful for updating the Series Engine media browser to support languages that we haven't added official support for yet.
Please note that all Series Engine admin panels and functions remain English-only.
Series Engine was created by Eric Murrell in Nashville, TN. In addition to his WordPress development projects, Eric is the Communication Director for Long Hollow, a large multi-site church that has been blessed with explosive growth over the past 15 years.
After being disapointed by the "clunkiness" and poor usability of existing sermon solutions, Eric set out to build a new tool based on his experience in the trenches. Series Engine is the result of many months of research, trial and error, and an unbelievable amount of coffee.
You can see how his church is using Series Engine here.
The current version is 2.8.4. You can view an extensive changelog of all updates here.
Series Engine requires WordPress 3.8 or higher. The plugin will NOT work with limited WordPress sites hosted with WordPress.com.
Yes! Series Engine is fully compatible with WordPress Multisite installs.
The Series Engine plugin really does install in seconds. Simply upload the plugin file to your "plugins" directory, or upload it through the "Install Plugins" page in WordPress. Active the plugin, and visit the "User Guide" page in the new Series Engine menu for further instructions on getting started.
Plugin updates can be found in the WordPress updater along with your other plugins and themes. If you're not seeing updates, be sure to check out the "Check for Updates" page in the Series Engine menu.
Series Engine requires WordPress to function. If you don't use WordPress for your main website, you might consider making a WordPress "microsite" for your media archive and using Series Engine there.
Series Engine accepts video content from the great services you already use: Vimeo, YouTube, etc. If you can generate an embed code with the video service, you can use it with Series Engine. As of a recent update, Series Engine also supports self-hosted video content in the .mp4 format through its built-in video player.
To display audio on your pages, Series Engine includes the awesome MediaElement.js framework to allow your visitors to listen to an MP3 on your site directly within their web browser.
To accomplish this, you'll need to upload an MP3 using WordPress (if your upload file-size limit allows this), or upload the MP3 to your web host and supply Series Engine with a link to that file. Series Engine will use the same MP3 file to create your audio podcasts as well.
It's easy to add them to Series Engine (we just didn't cover it in the demo video)! Simply edit a Message in the admin portal and select the "Attach Links/Downloads" tab to attach an unlimited number of items to your Message.
When users view the Message, they'll see a special "Extras" section with cleanly formatted links to the content you've provided.
It's easy to customize the look and feel of the Series Engine's media browser by visiting the "Series Engine" page in WordPress's "Settings" menu (only available to site administrators). From this menu, you can easily choose fonts, colors and icons to match your theme, with no coding required.
Zero. Zilch. Your one time purchase of a Series Engine license entitles you to use the plugin for life, including free updates. It's the best investment your media ministry will ever make.
Probably. Series Engine has been tested with hundreds of the most popular WordPress Themes, and is coded to be as compatible as possible. In the event that some overzealous Theme formatting makes the Series Engine media browser display oddly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. We issue periodic Theme compatibility updates.
Yes! Series Engine was built from the ground up to look incredible on laptops, tablets, smart phones, and everything in between. It's fully responsive with no loss in functionality no matter how you view it.
No, but we'll happily give you access to our demo site where you can "kick the tires."
One license for the Series Engine allows you to use the plugin on all sites that you (as an individual or an organization) directly own. If you're a web developer or designer using the plugin for client sites, each client will need to purchase their own license (which can be used on all of their properties).
Yes, a licensed copy of Series Engine may be resold to another client/organization as part of a web package from you/your company. We require that one license is purchased for every client that will use the Series Engine plugin. Discounted bulk-packs are available if you would like to regularly offer implementations of Series Engine to your clients.
Series Engine may not be resold on its own, and individual components of Series Engine may not be commercially distributed without prior written consent from Volacious. Please don't steal.
Series Engine includes a detailed User Guide and periodically receives free updates and new features via WordPress's plugin update system. Limited email support is available through the form at the top of this page. We are normally able to respond to requests within one business day. Phone support is not available.
Although we use PayPal to process our payments, you do not need a PayPal account to complete the checkout process. Once you reach the PayPal login page, simply locate "Don't have a PayPal account" on the left side of the page and click "Continue." You can pay using a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover card.
Yes! We're blessed to have so many customers who recommend the Series Engine to friends that we've developed a special (free!) program that will give you $30 for every copy sold through your affiliate link! You can learn more and sign up here.
As is typical with any piece of software, we are not able to issue refunds; all sales are final. Please be sure to thoroughly read the system and skill requirements before completing the purchase process. Remember, we will happily set up a demo for you to evaluate the software before your purchase.