Using brands

In this article

Adding brands
Branding event categories
Branding funds
Branding booking types
Branding plan pages

Adding brands

In addition to the default branding for your ChurchSuite account (set in Administrator > Profile), you can also create custom brands and assign them to event categories, funds, booking types and plan pages, so that public-facing pages and forms sport the selected brand's unique logo, emblem and colour styling.

To add a custom brand, head into the Brands section of the Administrator area and click Add brand.

On the Add brand pop up, give your brand a suitable Name e.g. "Children's Ministry", "Church Events", or "Conferencing". Specify your brand Colour, replacing the default hex code with the hexadecimal code of the colour that you wish use. To find the correct hex code for your brand colour, we recommend using a tool such as Adobe Kuler Set the Email Font and add any optional Email Footer text (note this is plain text format and not HTML). Save your changes.

The newly-added brand is added to the list.

You can optionally upload a Logo and Emblem image to replace the system default. Hover your cursor over the Logo and Emblem to surface the pencil icon used to access the image uploader.

Drag and drop a suitably-prepared image into the drop zone on the Edit image pop up, taking note of the supported file types and recommended image size and proportions for the logo and emblem. The image is uploaded and added immediately.

Repeat the above steps to upload a suitable Emblem image, again taking note of the supported file types and recommended emblem image size and proportions.

You can return to this page at any time in the future to change or remove a brand logo or emblem image - hovering your cursor over the image will surface the options available.

Click the Brands menu to return to the list of brands. Notice the Action menu options to View, Edit and Delete a brand from the list.

The best place to preview what your newly-added brand looks like is when composing an email. Head to any email communication page in ChurchSuite and compose a new email (or select a Preset email). Note that the Template drop-down list now shows your newly created Brands, with a Branded Slimline and Branded Header version for each. Select each one in turn and Preview Email to see the results.

Branding event categories

You can apply custom brands to event Categories in the Calendar module. All public-facing event pages, event sign-up confirmation emails and emails sent to sign-ups from the event's "View" page will sport the event's category brand. In this way you can, brand your children's ministry events differently to your youth ministry events - each event category can have its own unique branding.

Begin by following the instructions in the previous section to add your brand in the Brands section of the Administrator area.

Next, navigate to the Calendar module and the Categories section and select to Edit the category you wish to assign a brand to.

Select the appropriate Brand from the drop-down list. Note that the category Colour is different to the brand's colour, and is used to determine the font colour of events shown on the Calendar in ChurchSuite

Save your changes. Now, all events assigned to that Category will sport that brand on the public-facing event page - you can use the Go to event page option on event's "View" page to preview the public-facing event page. Event check-in and branded event communications will also sport the event category brand.

Branding funds

As with event categories, you can also brand Funds within your Giving module. In this way, you can create Donate fund pages that incorporate the logo and colour styling of a brand; for example you might brand your Food Bank fund with the distinct branding used by that ministry. Building Project funds could similarly be branded to match the branding used in your project's promotional material and communications. Assigning a brand to a fund has the effect of re-branding Donate, overriding your church's default logo and colour style throughout the user experience. Additionally, fund confirmation emails are sent with a branded slimline template to match the fund brand.

Navigate to Funds section of the Giving module and select to Edit the fund you wish to assign a brand to.

Select the appropriate Brand from the drop-down list and save your changes.

To view your branded fund page (and to obtain a URL link for your branded fund page, perhaps to embed in to your communications or link through to on your website), select to View the fund...

...and then click Go to fund page.

The custom-branded fund page is displayed...

Branding booking types

You can apply custom brands to your customer-facing Booking Pages and booking communications for your various booking Types. In this way you can, for example, brand your external/commercial type bookings with different branding to your church's internal bookings.

Navigate to the Types section of the Bookings modules and select to Edit the booking type you wish to assign a brand to.

Select the appropriate Brand from the drop-down list and save your changes.

Now all bookings for that Type will sport that brand on the customer-facing Booking Page...

...and you can assign a custom- Branded Header or Branded Slimline email Template to your customer booking emails.

Branding plan pages

If a custom brand has been assigned to an event Category or booking Type - as explained in the previous sections - Plan Pages for Plans that are linked to an event in that category or linked to booking of that type will sport the brand's logo and colour styling too. Similarly, all branded emails for the plan will sport the brand.

Begin by following the instructions above to add the booking Type brand and event Category brand in the Brands section of the Administrator area; then follow the instructions above to assign that brand to the appropriate booking type and event category.

Next, navigate to Plans section of the Planning module modules and select to View a plan that is linked to event in a branded category or a plan linked to a booking with a branded type.

Click Go to plan page...

...to preview the branded plan page.

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