To understand Sermons on the Web from the point of view of someone browsing your church's web site, browse one of the live sites.
To evaluate sermon publication check the system requirements above and install Sermons on the Web.
After installation, run
Sermons on the Web Publisher, click
and select an audio file with a
If you don't have an audio file handy, there are several in
If you create a file named something like
2007-11-10 AM Anderson - Just Looking.wav,
you can see how Sermons on the Web automatically populates fields based on the file name.
Publish. For the demo, the FTP upload step is skipped,
but the other publication actions proceed as they would on an actual deployment.
After publication, you can see your sermon on the online demo.
From there you can also browse the administration web pages, which sound workers will use occasionally.
Sermons on the Web is designed to work with any web hosting provider that supports PHP and MySQL. Since configuration interfaces differ between providers, the exact steps to install Sermons on the Web will vary. The following table lists each step in general terms in the left column. The right column contains the details of a deployment using cPanel, a popular web hosting control panel.
|1. Obtain a PC to record and upload the sermons, and connect it to your audio mixer.||Almost any modern PC will do; a 1 GHz or faster processor is recommended. Run a cable from an output of your mixer into the line-in on your computer; most computer motherboards are designed well enough that a separate audio card is not required.|
|2. Install audio recording and editing software.||Install Audacity.
Sermons on the Web doesn't use the editing software,
but you will need it to create the |
|3. Download and install Sermons on the Web.||If you wish to create archival-quality files in WMA format, also download and install Microsoft Expression Encoder 4. No product key is required.|
4. Obtain a web hosting account that supports PHP and MySQL (if you don't already have one). A web hosting account is space you rent on a computer that serves your web site 24/7/365.
Select an account with enough storage to hold your sermons. Each hour of sermons uses approximately 10 MB at the default encoding rate. 1 GB of storage is enough for two half-hour sermons per week, with lots of room to spare for anything additional.
|5. Configure your sermons web site.
|6. Create a database, and initialize its structure using
|7. Upload the web application.||From the extracted web site files, copy the |
|8. Set security on the
|9. Configure the Publisher.|
On your PC, run
Optionally, from the Windows Control Panel Power Options, configure the computer to sleep after a period of inactivity. The period need not be long, since Windows considers the computer active when recording or publishing a sermon.
|10. Populate the database with your service types, speakers, and series. Publish existing sermons as desired.|
In the Publisher click
When you are done, back in the Publisher, click
To publish existing sermons, follow the instructions in the "Everyday use" section below. If the number of sermons is large, you may prefer fill out the sermon information in a spreadsheet with columns that match those in the Publisher after multiple files are added. After the spreadsheet has been reviewed for accuracy, select the cells with the sermon information; then in the Publisher, click
By default, the Sermons on the Web Publisher options folder and data folders can be read and modified by all users.
You should limit who has access to the computer or set appropriate permissions on the folders.
The options folder is
C:\ProgramData\Sermons on the Web (or on Windows XP and earlier,
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Sermons on the Web).
The options folder contains the web site administration password; the password is encrypted but
technically could be decrypted by any user with access to the folder.
The data folders are specified in the Publisher options.
The administration password is sent to the server when uploading a web site file and adding a sermon to the database. If insecure URLs are used for the "Upload address" or "Administration address override" settings, the password will exposed to an eavesdropper. To secure the connection, deploy a valid SSL certificate to the server and configure those settings to use FTPS and/or HTTPS.
In case of difficulty, following are some tests you can perform to help identify the problem:
http://mychurch.org/Sermons/) in a web browser, with no errors reported?
http://mychurch.org/Sermons/Admin/) in a web browser, where the user name and password I enter when prompted match those in the Publisher's configuration?
ftp://firstname.lastname@example.org/public_html/Sermons/Content/) in a web browser, where username and the password I enter when prompted match those in the Publisher's configuration?
Once you have Sermons on the Web deployed, follow these steps to publish a sermon:
2007-08-20 AM LastName - Title of the Sermon.wav(or ending in
.mp3). Using this pattern allows Sermons on the Web to infer the sermon date, service type, speaker, and title. If you have multiple of the same type of service on the same day (e.g. during a seminar), append the service number to the service type (e.g.
Sermons on the Web Publisher. Drag and drop the audio file onto the Sermons on the Web window or click
Browseand choose the file. You can drop or choose multiple files if you wish to publish more than one sermon.
When there are changes to your service types, speakers, or series, go to the sermons administration web page (you can use the link in the Publisher). From there make whatever changes you need. The administration web page does not support deletion. To delete, you must edit the database directly, for example with phpMyAdmin.
You should regularly back up your sound computer, particularly the Publisher data and options folders, and the web site database.
Copyright 2017 Edward D. Brey. Free to redistribute and modify per the GNU General Public License version 3 or later.