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A Page's Purpose

Friday, February 05, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
The purpose of a Web page is to provide useful content. That may seem too basic for comment, yet the reason it's a good reminder is that a lot of page designs get caught up in the style and look - and overlook the purpose. Understanding what the page is intended to achieve should be addressed before how it is to be presented.  What's here for visitors to see - something interesting, helpful, inspirational, informative?  What does the page offer and how is it worth a visitor's time? Decide on these issues before moving on to page design.
 

Password Protection Begins with the Password

Friday, January 22, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
The New York Times recently reported on password habits for this digital age, suggesting that many folks are leaving an obvious trail into their various password-protected accounts. The most popular passwords during the 1990s were "12345", "abc123" and "password."  But even with increased awareness of hacking, identity theft and other cyber-crime issues, a recent survey of a broad set of users showed that their most common password is now "123456," just one digit longer and hardly safer.
 
The reason people choose such easy-to-guess passwords, experts say, could be because they are simply overwhelmed by the number of numbers and codes they need to remember. Given that reality, the experts suggest that you choose at least two different passwords – one for your social networking and media sites, and another for the more serious security sites, such as your bank and email account.
 

Ways You Can Use the HelpRoot Volunteer Manager

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
As with many types of technological tools, the HelpRoot Volunteer manager can be used extensively to fill volunteer positions in every area of your church or ministry – or you can begin with specific projects and grow your use over time.
 
One church, quite logically, used the Volunteer manager to seek technical worship volunteers, including Web site administrator, sound engineer and technical ministries director. Another used the volunteer manager to fill their ministry teams – from the nursery to the music ministry, from church history to hospitality, and from congregational care to missions and outreach. And yet another took the same tools intended to bring in volunteers to create a job network for those members suffering job losses in a down economy.
 

Volunteer Projects vs. Volunteer Opportunities

Friday, January 15, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
When you open your Volunteer manager to add a volunteer opportunity, you’ll see you’ve got a choice between two groups – Volunteer Projects and Volunteer Opportunities. You’ll ultimately being creating “opportunities” for all the jobs you’d like to assign; the “projects” section is simply a managerial tool that you can use when you create a set of opportunities that are tied together.
 
For example, let’s say you are seeking workers for various ages in your preschool department. Perhaps your project title would be Preschool Teachers. You complete the fields in Contact, Location, Distribution, Requirements and Search, then scroll to the page bottom, where you’ll see a section to add Volunteer Opportunities to go with this project. The specific opportunities could be Bed Babies Teacher, Toddlers Teacher, Twos Teacher, Threes Teacher, Fours Teacher and Kindergarten Teacher. Thus, you’d create six opportunities to go with this project.
 
One benefit of creating a project for related opportunities is so that you won’t have to re-enter the contact and location information. Also, as in the case of many other types of projects, should there be a change in a date, location or time, you can update the project information, and choose for the changes to cascade into all the related opportunities.
 

MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 11, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
On January 18, in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday, communities across the country will host projects and events celebrating a King Day of Service. To plan a King Day project in your community, visit www.mlkday.gov for tips to get started, to help organize and to build partnerships. You’ll also find project examples and marketing tools to help promote your project.
 

Completing the Tabs for Your Volunteer Opportunities

Friday, January 08, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
To add Volunteer Opportunities (or Projects) with the HelpRoot Volunteer manager, you’ll click the “plus” sign and then be taken to the editor, where you will begin by completing the fields under four tabs – Contact, Location, Distribution, Requirements and Search. 
 
Contact is where you will add the name, email and telephone number (if desired) that the potential volunteer will use to contact the person responsible for the opportunity. Location is, naturally, the location of the opportunity. This is important to help someone know if volunteering is even possible, particularly if  the opportunity is being published globally on HelpRoot.com and not just a church site.  Speaking of which… the Distribution tab is where you’ll decide whether to publish the opportunity on the public HelpRoot.com site or just keep it to your own site. You can also set dates for when you’ll accept applications for the opportunity, as well as the date and time for the work to be accomplished.
 
“Requirements” is where you can note any particular prerequisites to serve in the volunteer position. This could be helpful in, say, medical missions seeking trained medical personnel. But it’s also the place to note any financial responsibilities that would come with the opportunity. Finally, the “Search” tab is where you will add the key words and summary description that people will use when searching for opportunities on your site or within www.HelpRoot.com.
 

How to Create Your Volunteer Page

Tuesday, January 05, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
Need a little more volunteer help to run the programs in your church? Announcements during the worship service, messages in the church newsletter, and encouragement during Sunday school are all options for getting the word out. But you’ve also got the option to use the HelpRoot Volunteer manager, the tool E-zekiel.com makes available to customers (Essentials plan and above) to promote and manage volunteer activities.
 
To get started, go to your control panel and click on the HelpRoot Volunteer icon. There, you’ll be able to fill in the fields in your Manager settings, including whether to add the link to the site menu and who you’ll allow to submit volunteer requests and to access the volunteer portal. In the Editor section, you could give an overview of your church’s mission and philosophy of volunteerism – or simply highlight the particular areas you are seeking to fill (lay leadership positions, for example). The search fields themselves come with default text that explains the search process.
 
Once your page is created, you’re ready to start adding specific opportunities for which your members can review and sign up.
 

How Were the 2000s?

Thursday, December 31, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Results from a survey from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press reveal that Americans don’t tend to view the 2000s with a sense of nostalgia for a good time gone by. Of Americans giving their view of the last decade, 50% saw it in a negative light, while 27% had a positive view. Of the others, 21% saw it as neither positive nor negative, while 2% “don’t know.”
 
However, the majority are seeing certain technological advances in a positive light. Cell phones (69%), email (65%), Internet (65%), Blackberries/iPhones (56%), online shopping (54%) are seen as changes for the better.
 
Oh, and looking ahead, 59% say the 2010s will be better, 32% say they’ll will be worse.
 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Today, more than 8,000 churches, organizations and businesses are using the E-zekiel content management platform, and we’re proud to partner with you in your ministries and missions. We appreciate your business, and we also appreciate what you do for the people in your community and around the globe who need to hear about the hope of our Savior.
 
We wish for you a joyous Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
 
Please note: Our customer service team will be off on December 24 and 25 and January 1.
 

Customer Support Holiday Schedule

Monday, December 21, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Questions about E-zekiel? We’re glad to help, but please be aware that our customer support staff will be taking time off during Christmas and New Year.
 

Christmas

Support by phone and email will not be available on December 24 and December 25. Customer support will again be available on Monday, December 28.
 

New Year

Support by phone and email will not be available on Friday, January 1, 2008. Customer support will again be available on Monday, January 4.