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Maintaining Your Website

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Websites for churches and ministries are growing in importance comparable to the traditional weekly print newsletter, though they can be created and maintained without nearly the cost of printing and postage. Because they are a primary means of communication, be sure to assign the appropriate staff (or volunteer) resources for their care and upkeep.  For example, you may want to assign responsibilities for sections – if not for making the actual changes and updates at least the collection of information.  Keeping content current gives visitors a reason to return again and again.
 
Remember that communication is a two-way street.  As visitors send email requests and inquiries, these messages should receive a response.  An automated “thank you for your inquiry” is a start, but should be followed by a personal response from staff (or volunteer) as the request warrants.
 
Also, it’s a good idea to have someone check the site periodically to make sure links are still working and that outdated information has been removed.  E-zekiel, of course, gives you the option to publish and remove content on a dated schedule.
 

Register for Web Training on Forms

Friday, July 10, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Thursday, July 16, 2009
10:00 - 11:00 AM CT

Online forms can help you gain a variety of information from site visitors. This can include purchase orders, registrations, subscriptions, contest entries, prayer requests, etc.  The purposes are almost endless and collecting the information is easy.  Attend this session and find out how you can use forms to collect the information you need from visitors and get tips on the best way to present the information.

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.
 

What is a logo?

Friday, July 03, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Many times, when organizations are personalizing design templates or creating  custom designs, they’ll choose to add their logo in the masthead.  If you’re not familiar with that term, the logo is the graphic element tied to the name and identity of the organization.  Logos themselves can be very powerful symbols.  In fact, children as young as two years old are known to recognize graphical elements for McDonalds, Burger King, Toys R Us, or other vital brands for their age set!

A logo is unique to the organization – not a copycat of competition – and could bring in such distinguishing elements as shape, color, typeface, image and symbol that quickly convey the organization’s “brand”.
 

Register Now for Web Training

Friday, June 26, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Thursday, July 2, 2009, 2:00 - 3:00 PM CT
 
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 using the Groups and People Managers to fully customize the information your visitors see while viewing your site. Also, learn how to give certain people or groups the ability to manage various areas of your site.
 
The information presented in this web session will require both the Groups and the People Manager in order to be implemented.  Some topics covered require the Community Builder feature as well.
 

Lyrics is Number 1 Search Term for Scammers

Friday, June 19, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Common search terms are generating results that can cause problems for computer users if they’re not careful.  In a report from McAfee on “The World’s Most Dangerous Search Terms,” the computer security firm said that scammers are using the same principles as legitimate businesses to generate traffic to their malicious sites.  For example, three out of four results generated from using the keywords “popular screensavers” can cause problems for computer users if they access and use the site – especially if they download from the site.
 
Overall, only about 4% of sites are risky, but be aware: if you’re searching for what everyone else is searching for – scammers could be lurking within the results.   Oddly, “lyrics” ranks #1 in keywords that pose risks.  The thinking goes that people who like to download music also like to have the lyrics too.  Other terms that round out the top ten are:  Free; Web; Gear, gadgets, games; Olympics; Videos; Celebrities; Music; and News.
 

Adjusting Spellchecking to Ignore URLs in Word

Friday, June 12, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
It’s common to include your website address in everything you print or write, but you might find that your URL keeps getting highlighted as a misspelled word.  To configure Microsoft Word to ignore anything that looks like a website address, take these steps (for versions prior to Word 2007):
 
1. Choose Options from the Tools menu. Word displays the Options dialog box.
2. Make sure the Spelling & Grammar tab is selected.
3. Make sure the Ignore Internet and File Addresses check box is selected.
4. Click on OK.
 
For Word 2007, when the Options dialog box opens, click Proofing at the left side of the dialog box, then make sure the Ignore Internet and File Addresses check box is selected.
 

Register for Web Training on Panels

Tuesday, June 09, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Topic: Panels:  What are they and how can I use them?
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 17, 1 - 2 PM Central Time
 
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 the Community Content Portal.
 
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.  The cost is $24.95 per connection.
 

World Environment Day - June 5

Tuesday, June 02, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
World Environment Day 2009, held each year on June 5, will be celebrated in more than 100 countries.  Created by the United Nations in 1972, this is a day set aside for individuals, non-governmental organizations, community and youth groups, business, industry and the media to renew their commitments to protect and develop the environment.  Events typically include clean-up campaigns, tree planting, green concerts, essay and photo competitions in schools, and recycling efforts.  This year’s theme is 'Your Planet Needs You-UNite to Combat Climate Change'. For more information, visit www.unep.org.
 

What are browsers?

Friday, May 29, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
“Browsers” are one of the basics of World Wide Web activity.  These are software programs – with well-known names like Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari – that enable you to view Web pages, including images, text, audio and other features.  Because they’re software, browsers must be installed on your computer.
 

What is an application?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Tech-speak has evolved over the years and, unless you’re well versed in it, it can seem like a foreign language at times.  Take the word “application.”  In the regular world, this is what you use to apply for a job or a membership, etc.  In the tech world, however, it’s that you use for a computer program.
 
Actually, application is the same as “application program,” which is sometimes just called “program.”  (See how easy it is to understand tech-speak?)  Application and program are used as synonyms for a computer program that helps you accomplish specific tasks – word processing, database management, desktop publishing, website design, and on and on.
 
When several applications are bundled together in one package, that’s called an “application suite.”  Microsoft Office – with its word processor, spread sheet, presentation and email applications – is a well known example.