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Easy-to-Locate Visitor Information

Friday, July 25, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Website visitors are often looking for what church visitors would want to know prior to a visit.  So make sure you provide what they need – in a way that's easy to find.  What should be covered?  Almost anything from the list below:
  • Contact information, including church address, phone numbers, fax number, list of staff members, email addresses.
  • Directions to the church – written from various starting points, if necessary, along with maps or links to mapping sites.  Include parking instructions, if needed.
  • Schedule of worship services and Bible study times, with locations.
  • Photos of the church – so they'll know what they're looking for!

Redesigned Support Site Coming Soon

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
You'll soon see a restructured and redesigned support site geared toward a more friendly user experience.  Our goal is to help you learn how to use our product in a way that maximizes your online ministry's effectiveness in communication and outreach.
 
Among the highlights, information that users are most likely to seek is categorized in a way that's easily navigated and accessible through icons across the top:  Getting Started, Email Setup, Managers Overview, Using the Editor, Knowledge Base, Video Tutorials and Release Notes.   A list of popular support topics on the home page will lead you to explanations of tools and features that are most commonly requested.  In addition, the Knowledge Base is a recently added feature where customers can quickly find the answers to questions others have already called in and asked about.
 
As always, the support team will also continue to provide telephone support from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday at 1-888-942-6607 or by emailing support@e-zekiel.com.
 

Free Download of PowerPoint Viewer

Friday, July 18, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Did you know that the popular PowerPoint program offers a "viewer" much like Adobe Acrobat offers a "reader"?  Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2007 lets you view full-featured presentations created in PowerPoint 97 and later versions.  You can view and print presentations, but you cannot edit them.  The viewer can be downloaded for free at www.microsoft.com or search for it in the download center at Microsoft.com.
 

Register Now for Calendar Web Training

Tuesday, July 15, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Make your plans to join us via Internet and telephone for an important web session on making the best use of your online calendar.       
 
Taking Your Online Calendar to the Next Level: How to Use the Event Manager
Wednesday, July 23, 10 AM – 11 AM Central Time
 
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 for an event. The ability to pay online for an event typically requires Store Manager.
 

Netscape's Finale

Friday, July 11, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
In this case, the first won’t be the last.  Netscape Navigator was in on the Internet boom from the beginning as the world’s first commercial Web browser.  While people can still use Netscape to browse the Internet, support for the browser was dropped, as of March 1, 2008, and there are no plans to develop new releases.  Firefox is a recommended alternative browser for Netscape users and can be downloaded here for free.
 
For all you E-zekiel users who used Netscape, or still use Netscape, you'll be glad to know that E-zekiel works with Firefox also.
 

Register Now for Store Manager Web Training

Tuesday, July 08, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
It's not too late to sign up for this Thursday's web session.  Make plans to join us via Internet and telephone to learn more about running an online store.         
 
Store Manager: How to Sell Merchandise, Manage Registrations and Collect Donations Securely From Your Web Site
Thursday, July 10, 1 PM – 2 PM CT
 
Want to sell items from your web site?  Collect money online for registrations and donations?  Attend this web session and learn how easily and inexpensively you can set up your own online store and how quickly you can put it into operation. 
 
Please note that a separate account with a payment processor such as Paypal, Authorize.net, TransactU, Cashlinq, or Payflow Pro is necessary in order to accept online payments. 
 
The information presented in this web session will require Store Manager in order to be implemented.
 
To attend this event, you must have Internet and phone access. You will receive an on-screen confirmation as well as a confirmation email with attendance information upon registering. Please print the on-screen confirmation and check your junk/spam mail folder for the email confirmation.
 

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.