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Audio and Video Podcasts

Friday, October 22, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)

Podcasting is a way to distribute audio or video files to people who subscribe to your “feed.”

With E-zekiel, podcasts are distributed by creating a channel within the Syndication manager. Once the channel is saved, each podcast can be added via the Item List at the page bottom; just click the plus sign. You’ll then be able to set dates to publish or remove this content and have a mechanism to archive and access older podcast files.  Once the channel is created, the RSS button automatically appears for that channel, allowing visitors to subscribe.

In Internet terms, podcasting is an older social media – having been “cutting edge” around 2006. Yet it’s still going strong. Recent studies showed that 70 million Americans have listened to or viewed a podcast. Currently, 23% of Americans listen to podcasts, up 11% from 2006. And while podcasting incorporates both video and audio, video podcasting is up 20%.


Making Your Content Clickable

Friday, October 15, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)

You can help your visitors navigate to related parts of your site by creating “clickable” copy at various places, including image captions, headings, or phrases in body copy. Simply highlight the word or phrase within the page editor and click the icon for “insert/edit link” (looks like a world with a chain link). When the dialog box open, click the “My Pages” button at the bottom, then select the page where you want your visitors to be navigated.

You could also link to pages outside your site by filling that site into the field for the URL. Not only that, there’s no need to stop just at the text. Your images can become clickable through the same steps.


Have You Tried a File-Transfer Site?

Friday, October 01, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)

Files that are too large for email can still be sent electronically through file-transfer sites. In the Tips and Resources section on E-zekiel’s home page, you’ll find two examples of file-transfer resources – DropSend and YouSendIt.

YouSendIt offers a “lite” plan that’s free for individual users to send files up to 100MB, as well as paid plans that offer more features. DropSend also starts with a free version for 2G file support and 5 emails a month, in addition to paid plans.

Essentially, you would send the file by uploading it through a Web browser. The file-transfer service stores it securely, and the recipient receives a link via email where he or she can then download the file.


Set Up Events, Registration and Payment with E-zekiel

Friday, September 24, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)

E-zekiel offers an all-in-one solution for letting people learn about, register for, and pay for an event – and, in the case of conferences, even choose which breakout sessions they want to attend.

It all begins in the Event Manager, where you'll add an event and give additional details, and ends in the Store Manager, when paid registrations are required.

For most types of events, the steps will follow along these lines:

  • Add an event to the Events Manager providing a full description of the event.
  • Create an online registration form using the form tools on the editor toolbar. This can be done directly in the event description or in a Panel which can be added to the "Content – Bottom" area of the event. The Panel can be set to expire automatically and independently of the event itself, in case there is a pre-registration deadline.
  • Use the form tools on the editor toolbar to place a Hidden Field in the registration form which contains a return URL (a shortcut works best) that directs the user to one of the following two places on your site: 1) a custom thank-you page in your Pages Manager containing information about what the user should do next and a link to a "store item" where the user can pay for the registration electronically. Or, 2) the actual store item itself. Use this method only if you want to require online payment.
  • Add an item to the Store Manager for the specific event registration you want your users to be able to pay for online.


Keeping Track of Passwords

Friday, September 10, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
How do you keep track of your growing number of online passwords? Some people choose to use password management software. There are a variety of options which can be found by a simple Internet search. Other approaches mix the need for security and the reality of personal memory overload with a bit of creativity. Examples include:
  • Create a password-protected spreadsheet to record user names, Web sites and passwords. Or, create levels of passwords – level 1, level 2, level 3, etc. – and instead of recording the actual password in your spreadsheet, record the level… that is, assuming you can remember the password, once you remember the level.
  • Create a text document with an unrelated name, have five pages of unrelated information at the start of the document, then on the sixth page, record passwords, user names and Web sites. As an added security measure, you can use the font feature to make this text white against a white background, or click the option for “hidden text.”
  • Instead of saving the spreadsheet or document on your computer, save it on a removable storage device, such as a memory stick, and keep the device with other important papers.
  • Maintain a notebook and keep it in a locked drawer.

Time-Saving Tech Tips

Friday, September 03, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)

Will there come a time when people can’t remember what “www” stands for? These days, you’re less likely to hear the full name, “World Wide Web,” as you are the shorter term of Web. Not only that, you don’t have to type “www” in your browser’s address bar anymore. Just start right after that – e-zekiel.com, for example – and you’ll get where you’re going.

To save a few other keystrokes here and there, keep these tips in mind.

  • When you’re on a Web page and want to scroll one screen down, simply tap the space bar. To go back up a screen, press the shift key and tap the space bar.
  • To highlight a word in any document, Web page or email, double-click the word.
  • To toggle between open apps, press the Alt key and the tab key.

How to Make Free Video Calls

Friday, August 27, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
Technology provides remarkable ways to stay in touch. Video calls through Skype are one example. You can hear from church members on mission, talk to your own college kids some distance away, communicate with deployed service members, see your grandchildren grow up in front of your eyes – all in front of your computer, with an Internet connection, a Web cam and a free Skype membership. As their promotions say, Skype lets you “do amazing things for free,” including voice and video calls to anyone else on Skype, conference calls with three or more people, as well as instant messaging, file transfer and screen sharing. Find out more at www.skype.com.

Compatibility among Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Friday, August 20, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
If you’re using a 2003 version of Microsoft Word and receive a document from someone using a 2007 version of Microsoft Word, you may notice the extension “.docx” while also realizing that you can’t open the document. Fortunately, Microsoft offers a free compatibility pack that will allow an older version of Word to open documents created by the newer version of Word.  It’s called the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel and PowerPoint File Formats, and it allows you to open, edit, and save documents, workbooks, and presentations in the Open XML file formats introduced with Office 2007. Find the download site here:

Fast Pass to Desktop

Friday, August 13, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
If it’s been your habit of closing (or minimizing) all windows in order to get to your desktop, there’s a faster way.  You can hide all windows at once by pressing the Windows key and the letter “D”.  (The default for Mac users is F11.)  To get back to what you were doing, press the same keys again. Another good tip: you can get to the start menu by pressing the Windows key.

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.