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Register Now for Page Creation Web Training

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Make your plans to join us via Internet and telephone for an important web session on using the Pages manager.       
Helpful Hints and Tips for Creating Great Pages
Thursday, October 2, 10 – 11 AM CT
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!

Day of Peace Observed September 21

Friday, September 19, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
The United Nations' International Day of Peace, established in 1982, is observed every year on September 21 as a time for individuals, communities, nations and governments to highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace. This year, a new website gives information about where events are taking place worldwide and how to participate. Look for more information at www.internationaldayofpeace.org.

Register Now for Design Web Training

Tuesday, September 09, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Make your plans to join us via Internet and telephone for an important web session on customizing your site's design.       
Wednesday, September 17, 1 - 2 PM Central Time
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.

Take Several Breaks

Friday, September 05, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Taking a break away from your computer display every hour or so can help reduce eye strain as well as other "comfort" issues that can develop with constant computer use.  Frequent short breaks are likely to be of better benefit than infrequent long breaks.  So take a moment to stand up and stretch – or simply to step away.  Need a reminder?  If you can't remember, set a timer.

Adding a Calendar to Your Site

Tuesday, September 02, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
A tool that comes with every E-zekiel package, the Events manager provides a way to schedule and promote your events, while removing them once they've gone by. Here's how to use it to add a calendar to your site. 

1. Open the Events manager to begin.
2. Set up the options on the Manager Settings tab if you have not previously done so.
3. Save and Exit to return to the main Events screen.
4. Click the Add New Event button to begin adding events to your calendar.
5. Enter the information for the event and click the Save button in the upper right corner.
6. Use the Event Schedule tab to setup a schedule pattern (even if  it is only a one day event) for the event in order for it to be  displayed on the calendar.
7. Save and Repeat steps 4-6 for additional events.

**Note - if you have the Groups manager, you can also use the  Personalization tab of each event to categorize your calendar by  groups/departments.

PowerPoint's Slide Master

Friday, August 29, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Have you used PowerPoint's Slide Master?  A part of your design template, it's where you can set up formats (font, background colors, graphics and so forth) that will automatically apply to the rest of the slides in your presentation.  If you want to make a change to any of the formatted elements after the presentation is completed, you simply work through the Slide Master, and you're done.  To find it, click on View / Master / Slide Master.  Create whatever setting you'd like, and click Close Master View.

Register Now for Web Training on Podcasting

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Make your plans to join us via Internet and telephone for a helpful web session on podcasting.
Thursday, September 4, 2 PM – 3 PM CT
Podcast - 'pädkăst'  noun - a neologism of iPod and broadcast:
a collection of files (usually audio but may include video) residing 
at a unique web feed address to which a person may subscribe to 
receive updates

Podcasting allows you to get your message out to a large number of 
people quickly and easily.  Attend this web session to learn how to 
use the Syndication Manager to create and maintain a podcast.

The Meaning of Wiki

Friday, August 22, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
You've probably heard of Wikipedia.  The online collaborative encyclopedia is one of the best-known examples of a "wiki," which is a collection of web pages that are created for the purpose of collaboration.  Basically, wikis are designed to allow anyone who accesses the site to contribute or modify content.  Wikis are commonly used to power community websites and, as in the case of Wikipedia, to create collaborative sites.  Businesses also use them in the creation of  intranets.

Categorize Your Calendar

Monday, August 18, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
If you have an E-zekiel package that contains the Group Manager (Gold or Platinum level), you can create "categories" within your Event Manager that enable your groups to search for events relevant only to them. At the start of their search, site visitors will be able to choose the category they want to see (youth, choir, deacons, etc.), and E-zekiel will filter out all other events.

To create a category, take the following steps:

1) Open the Event Manager.
2) Add New Event or select a previously created Event.
3) Click the Personalization tab at the top.
4) Select a group, save and exit.

From the dropdown menu on the Events Page, your event calendar is now searchable by the category you've created.

If you want to know more about creating groups, check out the online help manual.

What is social networking?

Friday, August 15, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
If you have a teen in your house, you probably don't need us to tell you:  online social networking is big these days.  Among the most well-known names, Facebook has 115,000,000 registered users, while MySpace has 110,000,000.  Generally, online social networking is conducted via a website that allows individuals to create their own public or semi-public profile within the particular online community, to create a list of users with whom they share a connection (in some cases by invitation only), and to participate in the community based on their list of connections.
In addition to the general networks that are so popular among teens, there are also communities based on music, movies, travel, crafts, business interests, etc.  And there are of course communities that would be considered "adult" sites.
We probably don't need to tell you this either:  not unlike in the real world, social networking comes with cautions.  People can make claims that they are someone they aren't.  As a general rule, if you meet a "stranger" in a community, always use caution and common sense.  If something seems "amiss," you're probably right.