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Summer Fun On Your Site

Friday, August 14, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Was your church a hubbub of activity this summer?  Youth choir tours, ice cream socials, vacation bible school, potluck dinners, neighborhood and community ministries, mission trips and more… before your summer fun fades from memory, capture the highlights in photo albums you create on your site.
If your E-zekiel package has the Albums manager, you’ll start by creating a main Albums page.  From there, you can add an unlimited number of albums.  But please remember, your storage space will have limits, depending on your plan.  Keeping a close watch on image size, however, will likely keep you well within limits.
Another good thing to know:  while the Album Manager page is the page that houses your albums, you can also use internal site links to link another page to a specific album.

Register for Web Training on Page Creation

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Thursday, August 20, 2 - 3 PM Central Time
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!

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.

Choosing Another Word

Tuesday, August 04, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
When you’re looking for just the right word, Microsoft Word can help.  Need a synonym? Just highlight the word in the document, then press the shift key and F7 simultaneously.  A list of synonyms, along with access to a thesaurus, will appear on the right of the screen.  You can also find the thesaurus by going to the Tools menu and selecting Language.

Register for Web Training on Design Customization

Friday, July 31, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Customizing Your Site's Design
Tuesday, August 4, 1- 2 PM CT

It's not too late to sign up for this Tuesday's web session.

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)

To attend this event, you must have Internet and phone access. You will receive a confirmation email with attendance information upon registering. If you do not receive this information, contact us. The cost is $24.95 per connection.

Using Photo Captions

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but photo captions can help tell part of the story too – like providing names, dates, locations or other identifying information.  Captions on a website are particularly helpful for site visitors who are not familiar with your church or its members.
To place a caption with an image in E-zekiel, use the text attribute in the Image Properties dialogue box.  Click on "Insert/Edit Image" button in the Editor.  When the Image Properties dialogue box comes up, choose the Advance tab, then go to the "Advisory Title" field where you can type in the caption. The caption will appear when the mouse hovers over the image.

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.