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Avoid Slow Load Times

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Websites are like a design smorgasbord – you can add almost any bell or whistle or image or file to your Web page that you want.   But while you can do more and do it better, you'd be wise to remember that, technologically speaking, not everyone's on the same page.  Some homes and businesses have super high-speed connections, some are still on dialup.  To serve the most the best way possible, try to meet in the middle – particularly with your load times.
Yes, we know.  It's a miracle we can send email across the globe at a moment's notice, but is it too much to ask that it go just a "little bit faster?"  The same could be asked by your site visitors when they try to access your site, and it takes "way too long."  How much is too long?  The old model was about eight seconds.  Think "shorter time frame" now.  If you've got about four or five seconds to convey your message once the visitor reaches the site, you sure don't want to use up much of that valuable time in loading the page.
Limiting your graphics is the best way to decrease load time.  But if you're system is too fast to test it adequately, why not find someone you know who's still on dialup, and see how the website experience goes when the pace slows?

Selecting Hidden PowerPoint Objects

Friday, November 14, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
What you see is what you get?  Not always.  Sometimes, on a PowerPoint slide, objects can get hidden behind other objects as they stack on top of each other.  So how do you get to the hidden object, or select the smaller object, without moving the other?  Follow these steps:
  • Click the mouse outside the slide area or press the Esc key on the keyboard.  Make sure nothing on the slide is currently selected.
  • Using the Tab key, cycle through the graphic objects until the one you want to edit is selected.
  • Edit the object.

Fitting Tables Within Margins in Word

Friday, November 07, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Microsoft Word 2000 (or a later version) gives you an easy way to put tables within the confines your document’s margins – even if they’re too wide. All you have to do is:
  1. Right-click anywhere within the table for Word to display the Context menu.
  2. Click on AutoFit, and Word will display a submenu.
  3. Within the submenu, choose AutoFit to Window. 
With Word 97, the steps go like this:
  1. Select the entire table.
  2. Choose Cell Height and Width from the Table menu. The Cell Height and Width dialog box will display.
  3. Make sure the Column tab is selected.
  4. Adjust the Width of Column setting to make sure it says Auto.
  5. Click on the OK button.
Now each of the table’s column widths are set evenly, and the table fits from margin to margin.

Election Day - November 4

Tuesday, November 04, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Maybe you've heard?  Election day for federal, state and local office holders across the nation is today!  Record turnouts are predicted at voting places across the country, so be prepared, be patient, be prayerful – and don't forget to vote!

E-zekiel Joins Ministry 2.0 in Nashville Nov. 7-8

Friday, October 31, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
E-zekiel is excited to partner with Ministry 2.0 to help churches unpack the possibilities of web in ministry, and we hope we'll see you at the upcoming Ministry 2.0 conference and workshops in Nashville.  The Ministry 2.0 conference begins Saturday, November 8, but you can get ahead of the crowd by joining us at the Full Life Church on Friday, November 7, for two pre-conference workshops conducted by E-zekiel professionals.  For more on the Friday events, click here.
Also, visit the Ministry 2.0 website for the full details on the action-packed Saturday planned. Register for both days for only $175.

E-zekiel Updates Announced

Friday, October 24, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Check Your Calendar – The event start time has been added to the calendar display, and the calendar style sheet has been updated to create a much more printer-friendly version of the calendar.  The printed display loses the search, last month and next month navigation widgets, but doesn't lose its shape when some cells are empty (like Monday) and others are chock full of events (like Wednesday).
Restore Deleted Pages – Now, when pages are deleted they are not lost forever. In Pages, as pages are deleted, they appear in a section below active pages. If you want to retrieve the deleted page from that section, you can check the box next to the title and then click Restore.

Make a Difference Day Oct. 25

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Make a Difference Day, created and promoted by USA Weekend Magazine, is scheduled for Saturday, October 25.  Hailed as the largest national day of helping others, last year, three million people spent the day volunteering in their communities, accomplishing thousands of projects in hundreds of towns.  To learn more about the day and about opportunities to participate, visit the site at www.usaweekend.com/diffday.

World Food Day Oct. 16

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
World Food Day is Thursday, October 16.  Observed since 1981, this worldwide event seeks to increase awareness and understanding while prompting informed, year-round action to alleviate hunger.  In the United States, 450 national, private voluntary organizations support World Food Day events, and planning groups can be found in almost every local community.  WFD is observed in 150 nations.  For more information, visit www.worldfooddayusa.org.

Register Now for Web Training on Panels

Friday, October 10, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Make your plans to join us via Internet and telephone for an important web session on using panels.
Tuesday, October 14, 1 PM – 2 PM CT
Have you ever wondered how to put content in the left or right columns of your pages?  If so, this web session is for you!  Content panels can be used to place content in the left or right columns of your pages as well as display and remove content at certain times – without affecting the rest of the page.  Attend this web session to learn more about this along with other tips and tricks of the Panels manager.  We'll also take a look at how to make the best use of a new feature in E-zekiel – the Community Content Portal.

HelpRoot Launched

Tuesday, October 07, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
HelpRoot is officially up and running.  And that means, with the HelpRoot Volunteer Manager in E-zekiel.com and HelpRoot.com, your church or ministry has the ability to assess needs, identify volunteers, assign tasks and manage volunteer projects online.  E-zekiel customers with Silver, Gold or Platinum plans have immediate access to the HelpRoot Volunteer manager, so look for it in your Control Panel.  Or visit the public site at www.helproot.com.