Tithely Sites Live Stream

The Tithely Sites Live Stream feature allows churches to easily embed virtual events on their website using YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook. With the Livestream feature, website visitors can view your live stream with just one click, participate in a chat with other viewers, easily give via Tithely, and share your stream with friends on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also schedule your live stream, add your video link from Facebook, YouTube, or Vimeo, display a countdown at the top of your website, share scripture or notes from your sermon, and customize the look and feel of your live stream in Site Design. Keep reading for step-by-step instructions on how to use these features to enhance your church's live stream experience.


Add Your First Live Stream

  1. Login to your Tithely account and select Sites from the left menu. Or login to your site directly.
  2. From any page on the site, click the Quick Add Menu ' + ' next to the Admin Menu top right of the website, and then click Live Stream from the drop-down.
  3. Enter your Livestream details, including:
    Live Stream URL Facebook, YouTube, or Vimeo video links are supported.
    Please Note: Custom YouTube Links (or links to the channel) do not work. You must use the unique link for your video. How to Find Your Video URL
    f your streaming service isn't supported using links (as described above), use the "Switch to Custom iFrame" button and embed your video. Important, if you plan on using your Tithely Site as your livestream source in the Church App, the iframe method is not compatible, you must use the livestream URL method.
    Link to your Livestream Page
    yourdomain.com/live will direct people to your Livestream page.
    You can add a menu item and link it to /live to create an easy access route to your live streams for website visitors.
    Service Title
    The list of speakers is pulled from your website user Speaker group (in the same way it is used within the Sermon Player Feature). Learn more about how to: Add a New Speaker in Tithely Sites
    Stream Start and End Times
    Simulated Live Stream
    If simulated is set to “On”, your video will simulate as if it started at the “Start Time.”
    For example, if the person shows up 10 minutes after the start time, the video will start playing at the 10-minute mark. This will help people stay in sync with others in the Chat window. If set to “Off” your video will always start from the beginning.
    Topbar Countdown
    If set to “On,” a countdown timer will be added to the topbar area of your site.

    Please Note: If chat is enabled, a "Join chat" button will appear 30 minutes prior to the start of the scheduled live stream. When the countdown has ended the button will update to "Watch Now."
    Text Area
    "Scripture” can be changed to a word of choice within the Live Stream Design Settings. More details below on How to customize the Text area (Scripture) label.
    Chat Status
    Turn chat on, off or have it be password protected.
    If password protected, create a password to share with those you'd like to give access to chat.
  4. Click Create Live Stream.

Edit or Delete a Live Stream

If you need to edit or delete a scheduled live stream, you can follow these steps:

  1. Login to your Tithely account and select Sites from the left menu. Or login to your site directly.
  2. Click on the Admin button at the top right of your website and select Content from the dropdown.
  3. Select Live Streams from the left menu.
  4. Click the More button (3 dots) on the right of the Live Stream item you'd like to edit or delete and select Edit.
  5. Edit your details, then click Save Live Stream.
    To Delete a scheduled Live Stream, click the red trash icon at the top of the screen.


Style and Customize Your Live Stream Player

To learn how to personalize and style your Live Stream player on Sites, check out Style and Customize Your Sites Live Stream Player.


Why is my Giving button not showing up?

By default, the giving button will link to your Tithely Giving. If you have a Tithely Giving account and the button is not showing up, please contact support team. If you do not have a Tithely Giving account, sign up for your free Giving account today at get.tithe.ly.

Is there a direct link to the Live Stream page?

Yes, go to yourdomainhere.com/live

Is there a chat moderator, or a way to delete comments in chat?

There is currently no way to edit or delete comments within the chat feature. Once a comment is posted in the chat, it cannot be modified or removed by anyone, including the site admin. It’s important to keep this in mind when using the chat feature during your live stream. We recommend reminding your viewers to be respectful and mindful of their comments before posting them.

Is there a way for watchers to submit prayer questions?

Prayer Request Form in Live Stream feature coming soon.

How do I get the correct Facebook link for my Live Stream post?

To embed using a single link, navigate to your Facebook page.
Copy the URL from this page (e.g., https://www.facebook.com/testpage).
Add a ‘/live/’ at the end of the URL (e.g., https://www.facebook.com/testpage/live/).
Paste the link into your Tithely Site Live Stream post.
This embed will showcase either the current Live video or the most recent Live video.

❗ Important Note: Facebook is very complex and we cannot help with Facebook Support related issues. Please contact Facebook Support if you need any further help with Facebook Live.

Helpful Resources

YouTube Live Streaming

Facebook Live

Vimeo Live

User Permissions needed to access Sites
Account Owner, Admin, Limited Acess User with permissions granted for Sites, or Admin Permissions granted directly on the Tithely Site. If you have additional questions, please reference this article.

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