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The Scroll Wheel on the Mouse

Friday, April 18, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
A mouse is more than its left button.  Sure, that's what clicks your cursor where it needs to go, but there's also the right button, which opens up a menu of helpful functions.  For those who scroll, that little wheel in-between the buttons can also be a very helpful tool.  The scroll wheel can get you from the top of a page to the bottom and back, pausing wherever you'd like.  And if you'd like an up-close view of something you see, simply press the control button while using the scroll wheel, and you can zoom in (or out) of the page.
 

Register Now for Web Training on Forms

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Make your plans to join us via Internet and telephone for an important web session on creating online forms.
Thursday, April 24, 2 PM – 3 PM CDT

Online forms can help you gain a variety of information from site visitors. This can include purchase orders, registrations, subscriptions, contest entries, prayer requests, etc.  The purposes are almost endless and collecting the information is easy.  Attend this session and find out how you can use forms to collect the information you need from visitors and get tips on the best way to present the information.  Visit E-zekiel Training to sign up.
 

The Basics on Domain Names

Friday, April 11, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Like many web-related things, the term "domain name" is a fairly simple concept – unless you really start explaining what it means and how it's different from inexact synonyms such as URL, hostname, Web address, IP address, etc.   So let's stick to the basics – a domain name is a unique name that identifies a site on the Internet.
 
The left side is the specific name (E-zekiel, for example).  The right side is the general name (.com, .net, .org, etc.).
 
With millions of domain names already taken, it may take awhile to find a unique name, but usually an organization name, abbreviation and/or a location (in case of a church especially), can help you settle on your own unique name.
 
Domain names are obtained through Domain Registrars like the popular Godaddy.com.  Fortunately, when you sign up with E-zekiel, we'll take care of setting up your domain name. It's free for the first year and existing domain names are transferred at no charge.
 

Sharing and Communicating Online

Tuesday, April 08, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
If you're using your website solely as a static location for graphics, text and images, you're missing a tremendous opportunity for communication that is only available in this format.  Websites are a vehicle from which all types of communication can be generated, including email, blogs, podcasts, discussion platforms, photo sharing, video sharing…  The list goes on and on, and any of it can be used to help you keep in touch, spread information and share excitement. 
 
E-zekiel has many tools that can help.  Among them, try the Syndication manager for blogs and podcasts; the Group and Communications managers for targeted emails; the Photo Album for sharing images; and our sister platform, E-zekiel.tv for a free and easy way to share Christian video.
 

What does image resolution mean for your website?

Friday, April 04, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
To keep your images displayed attractively on your page while keeping load time to a minimum, you'll want to understand the concept of "image resolution."
 
The photo images on your site are made up of lots of pixels.  These are small squares that affect your image resolution.  The more pixels in your image, the more detail you see – and the higher the resolution.  The downside is that the more pixels in a photo, the bigger the file size – and the slower the image loads on your web page.
 
On the other hand, with a lower resolution image, fewer pixels means less detail and color.  As it gets really low, you can even see the pixel squares or a "rough-edges" sort of look.  So the idea is to balance the quantity of pixels with the quality of the photo.  Good options for that balance include keeping the image resolution to a standard 72 pixels per inch (ppi) and if you can control image compression - finding a happy medium between the best image quality and the lowest possible file size.
 
Minimizing the number of images on your web pages can also decrease the amount of time your visitor waits for the page to load. If you still want to show lots of images or high quality images without increasing the load-time of your web page, try thumbnail-sized images that link to a larger version.  Site visitors can have the option to see it in more detail by clicking on the thumbnail.
 

Register Now for Design Web Training

Tuesday, April 01, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Make plans to join us via Internet and telephone for a helpful web session on design templates.
Wednesday, April 9, 10 AM – 11 AM CST

Learn how to use the Design Manager to make stock designs your own. Personalize an existing stock design with your photos, colors and personal touches. Transform any design into a custom design just for you – all from what you'll learn during this event.

Though it's not required, a basic understanding of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) will be helpful. (visit Wikipedia for some helpful information.)
 

Changing Upper to Lower and Vice Versa

Friday, March 28, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Yes, it can be done in a Word document.  You can type a whole sentence, paragraph, page, whatever in upper case and change it back to lower case with a few simple keystrokes – or type in lower and change to upper by the same manner.  First, highlight the text in question.  Then press the Shift key + the F3 shortcut key.  It will make the change between all caps and lower case, or lower case and all caps.
 

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.