Planning Center uses Church Center to host groups, events, and donation forms. When signing up for People, Groups, Registrations, or Giving, your church will be asked to create a unique churchcenter.com URL to host your own groups, events, and donation forms.
You also have the option to use Publishing to set up Church Center web and app. With Publishing, you have the option to add additional custom pages, host live sermon streams, and create a library of videos from previous services.
For now, there are no theming controls for Church Center. We've intentionally kept the design of Church Center as neutral as possible (black text on a white page with blue links).
Why shouldn't I embed events or groups?
If you embed events or groups into your webpages, you might run into the issues shown in the sections below:
Church Center uses an encrypted TLS connection which may differ from your church's website. On event registrations that require payment, Church Center asks for credit card numbers and bank account information.
When these forms are framed by another website, some browsers raise security alerts to visitors, even if your church website is also SSL encrypted. It's not an impossible technical hurdle, but it means that this setup is more volatile as web browsers become increasingly proactive about protecting their users.
On mobile devices, where screen space is already limited, trying to cram the whole Groups or Registrations system into a smaller box with a fixed height makes it nearly unusable. As it's designed, Church Center is meant to work well on small-screen devices like phones and tablets.
To make matters worse, when operating in an iframe, the web browser's forward and back buttons usually don't work correctly. The "parent" website essentially hijacks the back button which can be maddening if you're two steps into your event registration process.