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Adding a Newsletter to Your Site

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
A church or ministry website is a logical place to post a newsletter – whether as a follow up to one you've already printed and mailed or as an electronic alternative to the traditional method.  E-zekiel gives you several options for adding a newsletter:
 
The Syndication Manager – Use the same steps you would for creating a blog and allow visitors to subscribe to your newsletter.
 
Uploaded Document – Upload a newsletter that may have been created in a PDF or Word document to your "My Files" area, then create a link to the newsletter document.
 
New Page – A third option is to create the newsletter as a new page and add the content as you would add any content inside the editor.
 

Register Now for Web Training on Site Customization

Tuesday, June 03, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Make your plans to join us via Internet and telephone for an important web session on customizing your site with Groups and People managers.         
 
Thursday, June 12, 3 PM – 4 PM CT
 
Did you know that you can use the Groups and People Managers to fully customize the information your visitors see and receive while viewing your site?  Attend this web session to find out how.  Information presented will require both Groups and People Managers in order to be implemented.  Some topics covered may require the Community Builder feature as well.  Visit E-zekiel Training to sign up.
 

Google Customers Target of Phishing Scam

Friday, May 30, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
If you're a Google customer (or even if you're not), someone could be "phishing" for your personal financial information.  Phishing is a scam where the perpetrator sends an email with an official-looking address that intends to trick the recipient into revealing sensitive financial information.
 
Google customers have recently reported receiving supposedly official correspondence from such addresses as support@google.com or adwords-noreply@google.com.  If customers click the link, they're taken to a fake site that asks you to divulge your account information or credit card numbers.  The messages might say something like:
Dear Google AdWords Customer,
We were unable to process your payment.
Your ads will be suspended soon unless we can process your payment.
To prevent your ads from being suspended, please update your payment information.
Even if the links look official don't click on them. If you would like to check your account, go to Google AdWords and log in as you normally would.
 

A Special Way to Paste

Friday, May 23, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Have you ever wondered what "Paste Special" means in the Word Edit menu?  This is a means by which you can get text that has been copied and pasted to match the formatting of the destination document.  Generally, as you copy text from the Web or a document into a Word file, you'll retain the typeface, text color and font size of the original.  To change the formatting to match its new location as it arrives, copy highlighted text, go to the destination document, click Edit, then Paste Special.  Choose Unformatted Text, click OK.
 

Breaks in Bulleted Lists

Friday, May 16, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Word processing software can be so "helpful" sometimes that you can start to wonder why it won't let you do what you want to do.  Take creating a bulleted list, for example.  In Word, that's easy to do – assuming you only want a list of bullets.  You go to Format, click Bullets and Numbering, then select the bullet style you prefer.
 
But what if in the middle of this list, you have a line that doesn't need a bullet (example:  when a bullet has copy that needs to be divided into more than one paragraph).  Actually, that's easy too.  You can start a new line without a bullet simply by pressing Shift and Enter.  Then, when you're done with that content and press the Enter key again, the new line will continue the bulleted or numbered list.  This works the same in PowerPoint too.
 

Register Now for Pages Web Training

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Make your plans to join us via Internet and telephone for an important web session on creating great pages.    
 
Pages Manager: Helpful Hints and Tips for Creating Great Pages
Wednesday, May 21, 2 PM – 3 PM CDT
 
The Pages Manager is perhaps the most important manager within your site.  It is certainly used more than any other manager.  It is, after all, where most of the pages in your site are created and maintained.  In this session, we'll look at the various capabilities of the Pages Manager including search-friendly page setup as well as tools on the editor toolbar such as hyperlinks, images, and tables.  Join us for the how-tos and helpful hints of the Pages Manager!
 

What is Phishing and How to Avoid It

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Have you received email from banks – yours or any other that you've ever heard of – alerting you to "security updates" and the like?  That's likely a phishing expedition that does not have your best interest at heart.
 
The Federal Trade Commission describes phishing as "a scam where Internet fraudsters send spam or pop-up messages to lure personal and financial information from unsuspecting victims."   To avoid getting hooked, the FTC makes several recommendations:
  • Don't reply to email or pop-up messages that ask for personal  or financial information, and don't click on links in the message.
  • Don't cut and paste a link from the message into your Web browser — phishers can make links look like they go one place, but that actually send you to a different site.
  • Some scammers send an email that appears to be from a legitimate business and ask you to call a phone number to update your account or access a "refund." Because they use Voice over Internet Protocol technology, the area code you call does not reflect where the scammers really are. If you need to reach an organization you do business with, call the number on your financial statements or on the back of your credit card.
  • Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software, as well as a firewall, and update them all regularly.
  • Don't email personal or financial information.
  • Review credit card and bank account statements as soon as you receive them to check for unauthorized charges.
  • Be cautious about opening any attachment or downloading any files from emails you receive, regardless of who sent them.
  • Forward phishing emails to spam@uce.gov – and to the company, bank, or organization impersonated in the phishing email. You also may report phishing email to reportphishing@antiphishing.org. The Anti-Phishing Working Group, a consortium of ISPs, security vendors, financial institutions and law enforcement agencies, uses these reports to fight phishing.
If you've been scammed, visit the Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft website at ftc.gov/idtheft.
 

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.