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Churches Increasingly Turn to Social Media Tools

Friday, April 08, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Social networking tools are increasingly being used as ministry aids, and, in particular, 47% of churches are actively using Facebook, according to a study recently released by LifeWay Research. Social-savvy churches are using these tools in several ways:  
 
73 percent for interacting with the congregation
70 percent for distributing news and information in an "outbound only" manner
52 percent for fostering member-to-member interaction
41 percent for managing the church's group ministry
62 percent for interacting with individuals outside the congregation.

Is your church connected through social media? E-zekiel recently updated the site toolbar to include Facebook and Twitter icons. To display the icons, open your Account manager and add the URL (web address) for your Facebook and Twitter pages in the appropriate fields. The social icons will not appear in the toolbar if the fields are left blank.
 

Fresh Ideas to Promote Easter

Friday, April 01, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox recently shared a link to 21 fresh ideas for churches to promote Easter. The ideas originally appeared in Outreach Magazine in 2005, and they’re worth another look. Check them out.
 

Religion Fills the Blogosphere

Friday, March 25, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
When the Pew Research Center released a recap of “religion in the news” for 2010, one of the findings was that religion appeared more often as a major topic in the blogosphere than it did in traditional media. In fact, religion was among the most-discussed topics on blogs in 12 of the 48 weeks studied.   Are you joining in the countless voices no doubt expressing countless views? Blogs are easy to create in E-zekiel, they can increase search engine rankings for your site, and they are a useful way to spread messages of truth that can be found by people seeking a better understanding of Christianity.
 

Changing the Page Order in Your Menu

Friday, March 18, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
All it takes is a bit of basic HTML code to reorder the pages that you add as links to your site menu. Go to the Pages manager and open (or add) the page. In the field for Menu Title, type <!– a –> before the page title for the page that you want to appear first in your menu listing. Continue with <!– b –>, <!– c –> and so forth for subsequent pages. Visit E-zekiel's online manual to learn more.

This process will take care of your page ordering in the menu – but to reorder the other managers that are also added as links to your site menu, you’ll need to take an additional step.  These include Events, Syndication, Media, Resources and Albums. If you want to relocate them in the site menu, follow these steps: 
  • Create a page in the Pages manager with a title similar to (or the same as) the manager page you want to relocate and make sure the "Add Link to Site Menu" value is "Yes".
  • Use the shortcut field to input the full URL for your manager (should look something like "http://www.yoursite.com/events")
  • Return to your manager settings tab and change the "Add Link to Site Menu" value to "No"
  • Repeat the process for additional manager pages.
 

Easy Ways to Share Media

Friday, March 11, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
E-zekiel’s Media manager and E-zekiel.tv provide ways that you can share your media – and others can help you share it too. For example, when you use the E-zekiel Media manager to upload video and audio files to your site, an embed code will be displayed beneath your media. This code can be used to embed your video on another site and keep spreading your messages. Additionally, the media is also displayed with a link, which can be used to bring visitors from another site back to your site and your media.
 

Media Audio and video files uploaded to your siLike and Share Features

Friday, March 04, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Audio and video files uploaded to your site through the E-zekiel Media Manager are accompanied by icons that let your viewers “like” your media as well as share it with a friend or through Twitter and Facebook. This gives site visitors another way to interact with your content – and it also gives them a way to help spread your messages. In addition, the more times a video or audio is “liked,” the more likely someone else will want to view it.
 

How do I set up my mobile device to receive email?

Friday, February 25, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)

While mobile devices differ in their specific setups they generally require the same information.  Below you'll find a list of common settings needed for email setup:

Username: Enter your full email address such as emailaccount@yourdomain.com
Password:  Enter the password for your email account
Incoming Server: mail.websrvcs.com (if your device prompts for an SSL connection use securemail.websrvcs.com)
Outgoing Server: mail.websrvcs.com (if your device prompts for an SSL connection use securemail.websrvcs.com)

*The Outgoing server does require authentication - use the same username and password anywhere the device requests it

If after setting the email account up you can receive but not send, change your outgoing port number from 25 to 587.  This setting may be in an advanced section of the email setup.

 

How to Change Email Addresses

Friday, February 11, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Changes to staff can affect your email addresses. To change your email addresses, you can contact E-zekiel customer support by sending a request to emailsetup@websrvcs.com with the names of the accounts you would like to add, change, or delete.  Include the desired email address(es) (username@yourdomain.com) and password(s). You’ll receive notification when the email account has been set up.

If you want to make the changes yourself, you can set up an email administrator account. To do so, send an email to emailsetup@websrvcs.com. Include your request to set up an email administrator as well as your domain name, site ID, password, your first and last name, your email address, and a security question/answer. You will receive a confirmation email once the setup is complete, and you will be able to administrate your email accounts by going to http://mymail.websrvcs.com.
 

Email File Sizes

Friday, February 04, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
E-zekiel customers using Webmail can send attachments of up to 25 MB through email. If you have larger files, you also have a couple of other options. First, you can compress the file. Right-click your mouse over a file, and the “send to” option will allow you to select “compressed (zipped) folder”, which you can then attach to an email message. For even larger files, you can use file-sharing sites such as DropSend.com and YouSendIt.com. Both of these third-party tools are listed in the Resources section on the E-zekiel site.
 

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.