Live Stream lets you connect with your church family no matter where they are! While on vacation or from the comfort of their home, your members can participate in worship and follow along with Sunday sermons. If you already have a live stream (other than through YouTube), follow these instructions to make your live stream accessible in your app.
Add Your Live Stream
To add your live stream to your app, we suggest using a link feature. A link feature lets you house a single URL behind a button inside your app. To add a link feature to your app, go to the App > Features + Content page in your portal. Click the plus button icon in the top right-hand corner.
A list of all the available features will appear. Scroll down the list until you see the Link option. Select the Link feature and then click the Add Feature button.
After you add the Link feature, you will see it appear toward the top of your screen on the App > Features + Content page. Click the Edit Content button in the new Link tile to open this feature and add your live stream URL to it.
Copy your live stream URL and paste it into the URL box. Below the URL text box, you will see a list of different options for how individuals will interact with your link.
- Open in a new window: this setting has users leave your app completely to access your link. The link opens in a full, external mobile browser (such as Safari or Chrome).
- Open internally, but open links in a new window: this setting opens your link in a new window inside the app.
- Don’t link to an external app to open this link: this setting stops other native apps (such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) from opening when the link is selected.
- Leave all of these options unchecked to open the link internally within the current window they are in, inside of the app.
Make Your Live Stream Button Visible in App
Once you have added your live stream URL to the field box and chosen your link setting, the next step is to upload a feature button image and toggle this button ‘on’ to be visible inside your app! To add a feature button image, hover over your live stream button and click the gear icon in the upper left corner of the tile. Here you will be able to label your newly created button “Live Stream” within the title section, and upload your button image.
*Note: If you want to display a wide tile image in your app for your live stream button, you will need to upload both image sizes, 300 x 300 and 600 x 300. Once you have uploaded both image sizes you will see a circular checkbox appear below each image size. Here you can check off which image size you would like visible in the app.
Don’t forget to click the toggle to make it green and in the 'on' position so your Live Stream button is visible in the app for your church family to view.
Where to Create a Live Stream
There are several different ways to create a live stream. You can create a live stream through YouTube, Facebook or Vimeo (livestream.com). YouTube and Facebook provide free live streaming options. Your YouTube Live Stream does need to have been created for 24 hours before you can stream through it.
If you have any questions or need help, send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org!