Have you ever wished that you could have a copy of the complete Bible on your Christian blog that people could use as a resource for their Bible studies or that they could click on when you reference a passage of scripture? We have almost 1000 articles on Taber’s Truths, of which many are filled with Bible references. I was looking for a way that we could link each and every one of those references to a Bible that was part of this website, rather than sending people away to another website to read the passage in context. Well thanks to the people at eBible.com, now we are able to do that.
WordPress Bible Plugin
I have been looking for a while for a plugin that would give us the ability to reference all the Bible verses we have used on this website and for the longest time all I found was plug ins that were not up to date or by someone that I didn’t know from Adam and I needed some assurance that what was going to be used was both up to date and reputable. The last thing we as Christian bloggers want to do is use a plugin that was put out by the Jehovah’s Witnesses or the Mormons! eBible has the reputation and the expertise to pull off what I was looking for. They have the fastest growing mobile phone app already and now they are breaking into the website app market with this free WordPress Bible plugin.
Steps to installing the WordPress Bible plugin by Ebible
Most of us know how to install a plugin. However let me go over this real quick for those of you new to WordPress. Go to your plugins page in your WordPress control panel. Click on “add new”. Do a search for “Bible”. Find the eBible listing and click “install now”. After it is installed, click “activate”. Voila! Your entire WordPress website now has Bible references linked to the entire Bible like this one. (John 3:16) That entire process should have taken less than a minute!
How to turn your website into a Bible study resource
Now when you use the plugin, you still end up sending people to eBible to do their research rather than keeping them on your own website. That might be the best some of you can hope for if your hosting provider doesn’t allow you to place code in your <body> section of your website, or if you are using WordPress.com rather than being self hosted like this website is. However, it is not a hard process to turn your website into a Bible study resource where the people that reference your scriptures, stay on your site.
Go to eBible and sign up for their free account. After signing up and confirming your email, go to the section called “Ministry Tools“. Fill out the required information and get the code they give you. Copy that code and place it in notepad or another word processing program.
Build a new page on your website. Now I guess you could put it in a blog post but a blog post is harder to place in your menus and navigation bars. Name your new page anything you like but it should be relevant like “Read the Bible Online” or “Search the Scriptures”. Click on the “html” tab instead of your visual editor and past the code you got from eBible onto the page. Preview it and if it looks good, publish it. You can see mine which I named “Search For Bible Verses“.
Next, on the eBible website, go to “verselink” section under “Ministry Tools”. Place your new page’s url in the form, click the option to have links point to your embedded Bible, and click the update install code button. Copy the code and place it in your “html” file BEFORE the </body> tag. Now that may sound harder than it is. Look for where your theme tells you to place your Google Analytics or other analytics program code at. This is the same place. If you have an analytics code installed, just go to the end of that code, just make a paragraph by clicking return, past the eBible code in, and hit save.
Installation on a Blogger blog
It has been a long time since I have used Blogger but this is possible with Blogger as well. Just go to your theme or template, find the “html” section copy the entire thing onto notepad. Do a word search “find” for </body>. Make a space directly above that tag by clicking return. paste your eBible code, copy the entire thing, and paste the entire code back into your Blogger template. Make sure you remove the old code first! Click save and verify that everything is working.
Go to one of your blog posts that has a scripture reference like (Rev. 3:20) for example. There should be a link over the reference. Hover your mouse over that link. You should get a pop up window like mine. If so, then your placement of the code in your “html” file is working properly. Click on the “continue reading” button. It should take you to your new page your built and show the chapter of the Bible that you referenced and highlight the passage that was chosen. Look in the url of the page you are on and it should be the new page you just built. If so, then congratulations! You just placed a complete study Bible on your Christian blog!