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Using Video to Promote Your Church

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
The launch of E-zekiel.tv made it easy for churches to post short videos online for free, but some are still unsure about ways to use this great tool.  A few ideas follow:
Introduce your church to site visitors.  Have your pastor record a brief message of welcome.  Or use the scenes from various church events to give visitors a feel for the variety of worship and fellowship opportunities available.  Don't try to tell everything in the video – just try to help your visitors make an emotional connection to your church.
Show them your service.  Help your visitors overcome the fear of the unknown by showing them in advance what they can expect by posting a service excerpt.
Share personal stories and testimonials.  Let someone who has joined the church in the last year, or for whom the church has really made an impact, tell a little bit about why and how.

Getting Audio and Video on the Web

Friday, February 20, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
With the recent improvements to E-zekiel.tv and an updated Media Manager, getting audio and video on the web is now incredibly simple.  Staff and members (if permitted) can upload audio and video files directly from the organization's website or within the website Control Panel, creating a media sharing mini-site of your own.  Additionally, shared media files can now include a downloadable attachment – like sermon notes or a printable outline, for example.
If you're not currently using E-zekiel.tv, give it a try by clicking on the Media manager in your Control Panel. If you're already using E-zekiel.tv, enjoy the new features and better integration. As always, E-zekiel.tv offers unlimited audio and video uploads for free. So go ahead, share your faith – on your website and on E-zekiel.tv.

Setting Tabs in a Microsoft Word Document

Friday, February 13, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
You can set four types of tabs in Microsoft Word – left, right, center and decimal – to help set off columns or lists.  For the easiest method, you can use the ruler toolbar across the top of your document but for the more precise method, the Tabs command would be the better choice.
Using the Ruler Toolbar:
1 If the Ruler toolbar does not already appear on your screen, go to the View menu and select Ruler. 
2 Look for the box at the far left end of the ruler.  This is the tab button.  Click on this box to select the type of tab you want to insert.  Hovering over the box will confirm what the picture icon is displaying.
3 Select the position along the horizontal ruler in your document window where you want to place the tab.  Click on the ruler in that place, and a tab mark appears.
Using the Tabs Command in the Format Menu:
1 Select the text where you want to apply tabs.
2 In the Format menu, select Tabs.
3 Select the type of tab in the alignment section (left, right, center, decimal).
4 Enter a number in inches in the Tab Stop Position box.
5 Click the Set button.

How do I find out where a file in My Files is being used on my site?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
When viewing the files in the My Files area, you will notice that to the left of each file name is a small magnifying glass icon.  Click this icon to see a list of locations where the file is being used on your site.
Note - files being used in design templates will not have their locations listed.  Only files linked to or placed directly on pages or items on your site will be listed.

What is the best way to copy and paste content into my site?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Whenever you need to copy and paste content from any source into your site, there are three methods you can use.  (This applies to text and tables only, not to images or multiple text boxes.)
1. Paste the content into a plain text editor such as Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (Mac) before copying and pasting it into your site.  This is the preferred method.
2. Remove all formatting from the text just before copying it by using the formatting eraser in the document program.
3. Click the Paste from Word button on E-zekiel's editor toolbar and paste the content into the dialog box that comes up.
All of these methods are intended to scrub the content of any non-standard code that may interfere with the page's proper operation.  The code used by various programs to format content is not always compatible with the HTML standards, thus it's necessary to remove most, if not all, of the code before pasting it into your site.
Once you have the content in your page, you can use the editor tools to reformat it for the Web.

Painting a Document with Formatted Text

Friday, February 06, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Ever wondered what that "paintbrush" icon on your toolbar is intended to do?  It's your Format Painter.  To use this tool, place your cursor near text that contains formatting you want copied, then click on the Format Painter icon, and it copies the text formatting from that area.  (You can also select a paragraph or cell, and Format Painter will copy that formatting when you click on the icon.)  Next, paint the copied formatting wherever you'd like by holding the "painter" cursor over the text and clicking.  Double-clicking on the Format Painter icon will allow you to copy the formatting repeatedly until you press the Escape button.

At Your Service

Tuesday, February 03, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Have you talked to Casey?  He joined the E-zekiel customer support team in November 2007, and he's gotten rave reviews from customers.  As one wrote,  "Casey in Customer Support was absolutely wonderful in helping us today. He is truly an asset to your wonderful company and rightly deserves to be encouraged as such."  Casey enjoys being in leadership at his church, and his goal is to enter into full-time ministry at some point in the future.
E-zekiel's customer support team is located in our own office and provides support via phone and email.  They assist with all sorts of functions – from troubleshooting email setup to answering sales questions and walking customers through the various functions of the application.

Promoting a Link on the Home Page

Friday, January 30, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
As you create a new page for your web site, the Details section gives you the option to "Promote on Home Page."  If you select "yes" in this category, a link to the page you are creating is automatically added as a "Just for You" feature on your home page.  This is a way to give special attention to special information.  You can change your "yes" or "no" selection at any time.

Who is the Webmaster?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
If you've been on a few Web sites in your day, you've probably seen a phrase at the bottom of a home page that goes something like, "For questions or comments regarding the technical aspects of the website, please contact the webmaster."
The webmaster is the person in an organization who is responsible for the design, development and maintenance of a site.  The job may involve the actual site creation – whether writing HTML code or using a content management system – as well as creating the pages, organizing the site's structure, and keeping it up to date.  The webmaster is also obviously the one to respond to emailed technical questions.
The webmaster title is based on the information technology component, but in organizations where individuals wear many hats, and where "information technology" involves the easy-to-use E-zekiel CMS, the "webmaster" could be the pastor, the communications director, or anyone else logically responsible for promotion, communication and content development.

New Designs Available

Friday, January 23, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
E-zekiel's designers continue to add new designs to the hundreds of designs already available. Changing your web design is easy with any of the included designs – just browse and select the one you want to use. Designs can be applied across your entire web site, to one section of your website and even to a single page.