On February 28, 2019, we're saying goodbye to The City, but we have something even better for you in Realm.

We've made it easy for you to transition to a more powerful, robust, and intuitive platform designed to engage your congregation and manage your church.

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Do you use WordPress for your church's website or blog? With The City Login widget on your sidebar, visitors can log in to The City from any page of your site. This keeps your church's web presence all in one spot, and means one less site that your members need to bookmark! 

Install the City Login WordPress Plugin

You can install the WordPress plugin manually, though installing it from within your WordPress site is the easiest method. 

 To install from within WordPress
  1. Log in to WordPress with a WordPress administrator account. 
  2. On the left menu, click Plugins, then select Add New.
  3. In the search box, search for "the city login," then click Search Plugins. The City Login plugin will appear in your search results.
  4. To install the plugin, click Install Now, then click OK when prompted.
  5. To activate the plugin, click Activate Plugin.

If you want to manually install the WordPress plugin, you'll need to use an FTP program. 

 To manually install the WordPress plugin
  1. Download The City Login WordPress plugin from the WordPress site.
  2. Unzip the file on your computer.
  3. Log in to your FTP client and upload the-city-login folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  4. Log in to WordPress with a WordPress administrator account. 
  5. From the left menu, click Plugins, then click Inactive from the top menu.
  6. To activate the plugin,under The City Login Widget, click Activate

Place the City Login WordPress Widget

After installing the plugin, it's time to place the widget on your WordPress site. 


 To place The City Login widget
  1. Log in to your WordPress website with a WordPress administrator account. 
  2. On the left menu, click Appearance, then select Widgets.
  3. Drag The City Login widget from the content section in the center of the page to a widget section on the right side. The names of widget sections may vary depending on your WordPress theme, but are commonly called Left Sidebar or Right Sidebar.
  4. To configure the widget, enter and select the proper settings. See the configuration section below for more information.
  5. Once you've completed the configuration, click Save.


Configure the City Login WordPress Widget

Before anyone can log in to The City with your widget, you must configure it with information about your City. 

Widget Sections

Subdomain: The subdomain displays in your City's URL address directly before "OnTheCity.org." For example, in the URL http://livingstones.onthecity.org/ the subdomain is “livingstones.”

Display: Select the way the widget displays on your site.

Show Remember me checkbox: Provides a Remember Me checkbox on the widget.

Show placeholder text: By default, “Login” and “Password” labels display to the left of the text boxed. Selecting this displays "Login" and "Password" inside the text boxes instead.

More Technical Stuff

Do you want to customize this plugin for your WordPress? Feel free to check out The City's WordPress Github for all your development needs. 

If you're hands-on with front-end programming, you can also check out the JavaScript version of the login form for even more customization!