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Assistance with Scheduling Meetings

Friday, August 06, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
One of the difficulties of working with a large group of volunteers is scheduling meetings at a convenient time for attendees. Technology offers assistance in managing the details of times, dates, locations and confirmations. For example, Meeting Wizard, accessed at www.meetingwizard.com, is a free online resource for coordinating meeting requests. The organizer can send out a request to an email distribution list with the meeting topic and suggested dates and times. The recipients can then either select preferred dates among those suggested or confirm attendance for the particular meeting date. It’s one of many free, handy organizational tools on the Web.

Creating Links in Content

Friday, July 23, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
Nearly all Web pages have hyperlinks, or links, within the content. Some of these are text and are typically blue and underlined. Some are images. Either way, you’ll know you’ve found a link when your cursor arrow becomes a small hand, and you can click your way to a new page, another section of the current page, or another site entirely.
Wikipedia, for example, offer links that visitors can click for see related entries. Some articles use links to identify source material. Links can be used to take viewers from promotional information to a registration form. When staff names are mentioned in content, links can be added to make contact information immediately available.
Are you using links within your site content? It’s easy to do. Click to learn more.

Additionally, here’s where you can learn how to link to a newsletter.

Wrapping Text around an Image

Friday, July 09, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
If you’ve got a question for Customer Support, chances are, someone else has asked it too. One of the most common questions has to do with how to place pictures on a page – and how to align that picture with text.
Getting text to wrap around the image is really quite simple. First, insert the image by placing the cursor in the desired location, then click the editor icon for insert/edit image. A dialog box will open allowing you to select the image from MyFiles (and you’ll be instructed to resize if needed). Next, click on the image, then right click, and the dialog box will open.  Use the “align” drop-down section to select where to place the text in relation to the image (to the right or to the left, for instance).
Here are two online “help” locations that can tell you more. Click here to learn how to insert and edit images. And follow this link to learn how to get text on your page to wrap around an image.

Independence Day Schedule

Friday, July 02, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
It’s time once again to celebrate our nation’s independence. With the Fourth of July falling on Sunday this year, E-zekiel customer support staff will observe the Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 5.
The roots of Independence Day date back to 1776. In June of that year, a committee headed by Thomas Jefferson set out to compose a Declaration of Independence from Britain’s rule. Jefferson was joined in this work by fellow committee members John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Philip Livingston and Roger Sherman. The final draft of the document was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, and John Hancock was the first to affix his signature. As an interesting side note of history, both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of this pivotal historical moment.

The Impact of Image Size on Load Times

Friday, June 18, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
The size of your images can affect the time it takes for your page to load, which could keep some visitors waiting impatiently for your page to fill the screen. Generally image file size should not go above 100KB and should preferably be somewhere around 40 KB. As a rule of thumb, compress your images as much as possible until you notice obvious pixilation (think of that as a grainy look). Though some photos may need to be larger, most photos will still look very nice when compressed to 65% of their original size using the JPG format – some, in fact, can be compressed even further and still look nice. Also, keep in mind that larger image sizes reduce your storage space in My Files.

Creating and Using Shortcuts

Friday, June 11, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
Want to give someone a shortcut to a particular page on your site? Obvious answer: create a shortcut. Shortcut, in Web terms, means that you’re describing your page in a word or brief phrase (no spaces). This phrase is added to the end of your site’s URL and gives an easy reference point to access a page quickly – without having to navigate the site to find it. Example: www.mychurchsite.com/youthchoirtour.
Only letters, numbers, and underscores can be used in the shortcut field, and you’ll want to keep your shortcuts easy to spell and easy to remember. They’re not case sensitive.
Shortcuts can’t be duplicated within any manager.  If you want to use shortcuts in managers other than the Pages manager, you will need to enter a shortcut on the Manager Setting tab of each manager in order for the shortcuts to the items within that manager to work (i.e. yourdomain.com/managershortcut/itemshortcut). So, if you are creating a shortcut for a photo album, the word “album” will be a part of the URL – like so, www.mychurchsite.com/albums/summerfun.
See Pages manager > Shortcut for a full explanation of the shortcut capabilities.

Selecting a Design for All Pages

Friday, June 04, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
The design for your home page can carry over through all of your pages, giving you one look and feel for your entire site. To make that happen, begin by selecting the tab for “Default Design” within the Designs manager, then follow these steps:
Search all available designs by clicking the Search button. You may optionally narrow your search results by selecting a design style and/or color from the drop-down lists.
To preview a design full-size, click the design's thumbnail in the search results.
To set your Web site's default design, select the design's name below the corresponding preview thumbnail.
Click the Save icon in the upper right corner of your screen to save your design selection.
Click the Close icon in the upper right corner to close the Default Design window.
Click the Exit Close icon in the upper right corner of your screen to exit to your Control Panel.

If you would like to select a different design for a particular page, after the default is set you can go to that individual page and change the "Design Option."

Writing for the Web

Friday, May 28, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
Writing content for your Web site brings up an issue with wording that you won’t find with other types of writing. The actual words you use have an impact on the search engine results that can bring visitors to your Web site. For example, it’s best to use the name of your church and the city instead of just saying “our church.”
To think in terms of your keywords, think about what represents your content in relation to what someone would type into a search engine.  Examples include: Your church name. Your city name. Your neighborhood. Your denomination. Particular areas like children’s ministry, youth ministry, etc. Someone new to town may be looking for “children’s activities” or “Christian fellowship.” Or someone looking for summer activities may search for “Vacation Bible School.”
As you prepare to write, make a list of keywords that you’d want to include and work to get them in there.

The Balance between Style and Content

Friday, May 07, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
Unless the purpose of your Web site is to communicate all the bells and whistles that are possible in Web site design, the overuse of images and digital effects can obscure the point of the page. So as you make decisions about your Web site’s design, remember to keep your Web site’s purpose in mind. Is it to communicate and convey information? For most of us, that answer is yes. That means each page should serve the overall purpose, and each page should offer something valuable to its visitors. Digitally dressing up a page that doesn’t contain useful information doesn’t increase the value. The better approach is to let the style serve the content, not the other way

A New Development in the Facebook Like Button

Thursday, April 29, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
Facebook is one of the most well-known social networking sites and is used by many churches and ministries to connect with members and visitors. Recently, Facebook has launched a new way for users to show they “like” what they see. An FB “like” button has started showing up on external blogs and news sites – such as CNN, ESPN, and so forth – and it operates the same as the button within Facebook.  If you want to show your approval of something on one of these sites, you simply click the “like” button. You can even add a note saying why you like it.
This change does also bring privacy concerns to mind, however. When you click “like” on an external site, your activity is published to your Facebook profile and to your friends’ news feeds. Also, as friends visit the site you “like,” they’ll see you’ve visited it too. So, if you don’t want to reveal this information, don’t click the button.