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Happy Independence Day

Friday, July 04, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Best wishes for a happy Fourth of July.  This American holiday is traditionally celebrated with parades, family barbecues, trips to the lake or beach, fireworks displays and more.  But what was it that actually happened on this day?  In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, and the 13 original colonies were on their way to becoming a sovereign nation.

Scheduling news, blog, or podcast items

Tuesday, July 01, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
If you're like many E-zekiel users, you've probably set up a news feed, blog, or podcast channel in the Syndication manager – if only to see how it all works.  But one thing you may not have noticed is that you can also schedule new items to be published to the site – even at a time when you're far away from the office. 

Let's say you will be on vacation next week but want to be sure your news feed, blog, or podcast is kept fresh with new content.  Go ahead and add the new item as usual – but before you save it, put the desired publish date in the "Publish Date" field.  That way it stays unseen until the date you've set for it to publish, and then it automatically appears on the site while you're away relaxing on vacation.  Now isn't that handy?  You can enjoy your vacation—while your site visitors enjoy fresh content!

Word Tip: How to Display Nonprinting Characters

Friday, June 27, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
When using Word, you don't always see what's on the page.  Spaces and tabs are there, for instance, and they're important parts of your document, but they don't usually show up … unless you make use of a handy feature.  Here's how:
  • Go to the Tool menu and choose Options.
  • When Word displays the Options dialog box, select the View tab.
  • In the Formatting Marks area (Word 2000, Word 2002, and Word 2003), or the Nonprinting Characters area (Word 97), select the characters you want to display.
  • Click OK.

New Option for Help After Hours

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
In addition to phone and email support during regular hours, E-zekiel now offers a 24-hour Knowledge Base where you can seek your own "support" answers anytime day or night. The new Knowledge Base takes common questions and provides answers in plain terms. For example, want to know what a blog is? Search the word "blog" and in the results is the question "What is a blog?" Click on the question to view the answer.  You can also search by popular categories, a specific category and/or sub-category.  Access the Knowledge Base through the help manual or go directly there by visiting: http://help.e-zekiel.com/knowledgebase.

Inserting an Em Dash

Friday, June 20, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
An em dash is a long dash.  It appears as the length of three hyphens, but it only takes two to create.  With Word 95 and later, you can insert an em dash by typing a word, then proceeding without a space and typing two hyphens, then proceeding without a space and typing the next word.  Word automatically replaces the hyphens with the em dash.  If that capability is turned off in your software, you can press CTRL+ALT+MINUS (on the numeric keypad).  Or you can go to the Insert menu, choose Symbol, click the Special Characters tab, and select Em Dash.  The latter two options work in any version of Word.

Counting Home Page Hits

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
E-zekiel automatically counts how many times your home page has been viewed.  You'll find that number when you sign into your Control Panel and click on the Statistics manager icon.  If you'd like to start the count over, you can do so simply by clicking the "Reset counter to zero" link.

Email Newsletters Build Community

Friday, June 13, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Email newsletters are a good way to reach targeted audiences by sending timely information right to your member's inbox. You can use them to promote upcoming events, alert others to prayer needs, or remind committees about scheduled meetings.  There are many other uses too that basically serve the purpose of providing useful information to people who would want or need to know.  As members feel more informed, they also feel more involved in decisions and activities.  And increased involvement builds community.

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.