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Training Options for E-zekiel Customers

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
The key behind E-zekiel's success is that it is easy to use right away.  But there's also a lot of depth to the platform, and our training options can help you broaden your use of many great tools.  Among the ways to learn more:  
 
Web Sessions
E-zekiel Web Sessions cover specific topics in a live 1-hour online training session.  You'll use both computer and phone to watch and listen as a training specialist walks you and other E-zekiel users through the exact steps and gives tips on commonly requested topics.  Visit the list on our site to know what sessions are coming up.
 
One-to-One Training
Have a unique challenge that you need help with but don't have the time or budget to travel? You can meet with a training specialist via the Web. Customized training by phone with a training specialist is available for $50 per hour.
 
Or, if you'd rather meet with us face-to-face and perhaps have just a few people to train, campus training may be just right for you. For the same hourly fee of $50, up to six people can visit our campus in Birmingham, Alabama, to learn more about E-zekiel's tools.
 
Group Training
If you’d rather meet with us face-to-face, have several people to train, or would like to be a seminar host, on-site training may be a better choice.  For a fee of $100 per training hour (plus travel expenses), we’ll come to your facility and work with your team make the most of the tools available through E-zekiel.
 
Call 1.866.493.3842 x215 to schedule one-on-one or on-site training or to ask about hosting a training seminar in your area.
 

Text on the Web

Friday, April 25, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Typography is one of the major elements of design on the web.  As you use this element to create interest and draw attention, however, be careful not to distract from it's main purpose, readability. Here are some areas to watch:
 
Font Size – Used consistently, varied font size and styles on the page can help draw attention to important information, especially for visitors that want to scan quickly. For example, short phrases that define the content of the page (like a page title) should generally be larger text than the rest of the text on the page. Also remember that text can easily become too small to read on the web. Font sizes smaller than 10 point should be used with caution.
 
Font Selections – To make your website easy to read and looking professional, use the same fonts consistently throughout your website. Try to keep your font selections to less than three different fonts - especially on one page.
 
Font Color – The reason that black type on a white background works so well is because there's a stark contrast between the two.  As you add color to your page background or to the text, make sure you maintain contrast.  Using colors that match your website design can also help maintain a professional look.
 

How to Be a Great Resource - by Providing Great Resources

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Your site can become the "go-to" site for the topic or topics of your choice when you put the Resource manager to work.  For instance, do you want to create and publish your own Sunday school literature and Bible studies online?  The Resource manage will hold them all – without storage limits – and in a way that can be cross-referenced and made searchable by category.  The Resource manager comes with all plans, but one difference with plans higher than the Bronze level is that you can impose restrictions on who can access the materials.
 

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.