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What does your site say about your church?

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
We know you know this is true:  you only have a single chance to make a first impression.  But what you may not realize is that your website is your single chance.  The sought-after demographics for growing churches – young adults and young families – are the very ones likely to visit your site before they visit your church.  If they like what they see, the next step is easier to take, and the in-person visit is easier to make.
So, when visitors make a stop at your site:     
  • Will they get a sense of what your values and beliefs are?
  • Will they be able to quickly determine worship times and other activities?
  • Are there directions, possibly even a map to help them find their way?
  • Is the contact information, including staff names, current?  
  • Can they find all of this quickly and easily?
Remember, while you're trying to make a good first impression, in website terms, you've only got about 1/20th of a second to make that happen.

Word for the Day: Bluetooth

Friday, March 21, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
No, Bluetooth is not a dental condition.  It's a wireless technology that connects devices that are usually within short range of each other.  While one advantage is that it reduces wire clutter, Bluetooth technology also helps keep people connected while on the move.  It's commonly used in many portable devices such as laptops, PDAs and mobile phones.

Why is Easter so early this year?

Friday, March 14, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Easter is set for March 23 this year, which to many folks seems a little early.  Who's responsible?  You'll find the answer in Steven Ware's article featured in Christian History and Biography.  Here's the link.

The Internet and Church Growth

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
If you're trying to grow your church, it makes sense that you'd focus a good bit of your resources on the segments of society from which most church growth is generated – young adults and young families.  Make sure your website is a part of that focus.  These groups are known for higher levels of Internet usage when compared to other demographic groups, and your website can serve as an essential resource for communicating to them.

Spring Forward

Friday, March 07, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
It's back!  Daylight Savings Time returns to clocks across the United States at 2 a.m. local time on Sunday, March 9.  So don't forget to set your clocks forward one hour in affected time zones.
While we're on the topic, you might be interested to know that Hawaii and most of Arizona are among U.S. locales that do not observe daylight time.  And while many other countries observe a similar time change, those changes do not necessarily fall on the same dates as the U.S.

Register Now for Event Manager Web Training

Tuesday, March 04, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)

Event Manager Secrets Revealed

Thursday, March 13
2 p.m. -3 p.m. CST

So, you already know how to enter events, but do you know how to utilize the Event Manager to its fullest potential? Join us for this web session to learn how to use the iCalendar export feature, pointers for working with unique or complex scheduling scenarios, using groups to make the calendar searchable (requires Group Manager) and how to give your viewers one convenient stop for scheduling, registering, and paying (requires Store Manager) for an event.

To sign up for sessions, visit E-zekiel Training.

Announce Events and Provide Online Registration

Friday, February 29, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
From planning an event to announcing it, and through registration (free or paid) – E-zekiel has the tools to help your event go off like clockwork. In combination, the E-zekiel Event Manager and Store Manager allow participants to register and pay online for events and conferences and even choose which sessions they want to attend. So put your letter opener away, and let the stacks of mail and faxes give way to an efficient online system.  Your participants will be glad to know how easy it is to sign up and join in.

The Benefits of E-zekiel Webmail

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Sure, you can use email to promote Yahoo, AOL or your local Internet provider if you'd like.  Or you can reinforce your ministry and promote your web address with every message you send.  That's one more benefit you'll find with E-zekiel.
E-zekiel makes email addresses available (the number depends on your plan) so that recipients see something like myname@mychurchwebaddress.com – reminding them to visit your website.  E-zekiel webmail also includes spam and filtering tools to help keep your inbox clean; signatures, identities, vacation and mail forwarding settings to help you save time; an online address book; an email search feature; and a built-in RSS reader (blogs you subscribe to drop into your email, which means you don't need a separate feed reader).

Word for the Day: Cache

Friday, February 22, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Cache, pronounced "cash", is basically a term for technology-related storage where your computer or software automatically stores information it thinks you'll need again.  Among many examples, a cache is used to store Web URLs, pages and images that you've recently viewed.  The next time you go back, what you've seen before loads a whole lot faster. 
While the cache is intended to speed up access, a cache that gets too full can slow down a computer's performance.  It's a good idea to clear the cache periodically.  You'll often find these stored items in the Temporary Internet Files folder.

Register Now for Content Web Training

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Make your plans to join us via Internet and telephone for an important web session on keeping content current.
Thursday, February 26, 11 AM – 12 PM CST

We've all seen it … promotions for events held two days ago … registration deadlines that passed two weeks ago.  Expired content is a common problem in websites.  But did you know that this is one way the Content Panel Manager can be a big help?  Custom panels can be used to display and remove content at certain times – without affecting the rest of the page.  Attend this web session to learn more about this along with other tips and tricks of the Content Panel Manager.