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Video Tutorials

Friday, January 28, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Did you know that E-zekiel.com has video tutorials that can help you learn how to use certain tools? You’ll find these video tutorials at our recently updated support site. The most popular videos cover such basic topics as getting started, using the editor, using forms and scheduling events. As you dig deeper, you’ll also find videos on all areas of E-zekiel’s managers.  The images and text in the videos will show you steps for completing a variety of tasks. Take a tour through our video tutorial library.

Why Fonts Are Limited in Content Management Systems

Monday, January 24, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Have you ever wondered why web sites use a limited set of fonts?  When using a specific font in your web site, visitors to your site must have the same font loaded on their computer in order to see it correctly. If the font is not found, a default font which is typically set within the user's browser will display instead.
As you’ve likely realized from your own experiences in word processing, a simple change in font can change the way the words fall on the page.  Consequently, content management systems tend to make those fonts, called core fonts,  available that are universal to all web users in order to maintain the integrity of the design.

As Web standards and browsers advance more options for using custom fonts will become available.

Google Analytics Provides Site Activity Details

Friday, January 14, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
What’s happening on your site? Google Analytics can provide some answers. A free statistics service, once it’s integrated with your site, you can see an overview of activity over the last 30 days.  Among the details it provides, you can find out how many times a particular page was viewed and how many were unique (non-repeating) visitors. The pages are also broken down into top content (most viewed pages), content by page (views for individual pages) as well as by other categories.  If you haven’t signed up for Google Analytics, click here to learn more: http://help.e-zekiel.com/

More E-zekiel.tv Categories

Friday, January 07, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
E-zekiel.tv has added two new categories that we're eager to see how you will use to share Christ. "My Story," smartly suggested by an E-zekiel.tv user, is a place that can be used to share personal testimonies as well as other stories that highlight particular steps within your walk of faith.

"Environment," another new category, would be a logical place for media about, say, a church conducting a recycling drive or planting trees in honor of a special occasion. Showing that you're not only in your community, but helping preserve your community's natural resources, is a powerful outreach tool.

Online Growth Continues

Friday, December 31, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
No surprise – online activities are increasing across generations. A Neilsen Company study says that Americans now spend a quarter of their time on Facebook, Twitter and other social-media sites – which is up 43% over the previous year. Not only that,  Lifeway Research indicates that Facebook is now used by 47 percent of churches. And according to Pew Research, “looking for religious information” and “making online charitable donations” are among several activities that are becoming uniformly popular across age groups. Other activities include online banking, getting news, search engine use, making travel reservations and downloading podcasts.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Friday, December 24, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
Axletree Media and the developers of E-zekiel would like to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope you enjoy this special time with your families and friends. We look forward to serving your online communication needs next year.

Holiday Support Schedule

Friday, December 17, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
Our offices will be closed and customer service will not be available on Friday (Dec. 24), Monday (Dec. 27), and Friday (Dec. 31) so that we can spend time with our families during Christmas and New Year’s. We hope you have a joyous Christmas and a happy and safe New Year’s. Thanks for using E-zekiel.com, E-zekiel.tv, Connect and HelpRoot.com!

Need another domain name?

Friday, December 10, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
When you sign up for an E-zekiel package, we can manage the purchase of your domain name for you. You can also purchase additional domain names through E-zekiel at any time. These can be useful for many purposes, such as the launch of new programs or the promotion of special events. Some organizations even purchase incorrect spellings of their difficult-to-spell names – just visit Carrabas.com, Carrabbas.com and Carabbas.com, and you’ll see they all go to the same place. Another good point: E-zekiel offers domain names for less than other registry sites. To search for domain names, visit www.axletreemedia.com/domains, then send an email with your requested name to: domains@e-zekiel.com.

The Terms of Twitter

Friday, December 03, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
Twitter is a free social media service now being used worldwide by 175 million people. If you’re new to Twitter, however, the terms and signs can be confusing at first. So let’s start with the basics:

Tweet – This is a Twitter user’s post. A tweet has a limit of 140 characters, is text-based and is displayed on the user’s profile page. Tweets are public and searchable by anyone on Twitter unless the user restricts access. Tweets can be sent and received through the Twitter Web site, as well as through other applications such as smartphones.

Followers – These are Twitter users who subscribe to receive someone’s tweets. To follow is as easy as clicking the follow button on the person’s profile page.

Retweet – Some users retweet the tweets of other people. A retweet looks like a routine post, plus, “RT @tweeterusername”. Tip: If you want others to be able to retweet your post unedited, keep it short enough to allow for someone to stay within the 140-character limit while posting your content, plus the characters needed to identify you as the source (RT @yourusername)

The @ sign in front of a username is also used for replies or references to particular people. You might see that as, “@mypastorsname great sermon today”. A reply to someone is also known as a “mention”.

Hashtags – The hashtag is a number sign (#) plus a word or phrase to help categorize your tweet for searches – examples could be #disaster assistance, #food collection, #Christmas music, etc.

URL Shorterners – Twitter can be used to link to additional information; however, your actual URL could take up most of your 140 character allotment. That’s why you see the use of so many URL shorteners. These are services such as Bit.ly and tinyurl. You paste your long URL in a box at their site, and they return with a shorter version for your use on Twitter (or elsewhere).

What Does Organic Mean?

Friday, November 12, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)

The Web has a language of its own – created in many instances by applying new uses to old words, such as link, anchor or cookie. One of these new uses is with the term organic. When organic is used, say, with food, it’s referring to a product coming more purely from animal or vegetable origins, as opposed to manufactured chemical origins. In other words, it’s “free” of something that some people don’t want.

Organic, in search engine terms, is also “free” of something in that it refers to unpaid rather than paid results. Organic results come from SEO strategies that include everything from effective keywords, page titles and domain names to effective navigation, quality site content and strategic anchor text. Non-organic results come from paid advertising (Google Adwords, for example).