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Essential Info for the Home Page

Friday, October 21, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Many visitors to your website are making plans to visit your church, so make sure you’ve got need-to-know information in an easy-to-find format.  The home page is the best place for the basics, including church address, phone number and worship service times.  Depending on the size of the church, a link to a church map and a description of the facilities would be helpful.  And churches of any size should provide directions to their locations – if not on the home page, at least in a link.

A Few Tips for Improving Local Searches

Monday, October 17, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
If you’re looking for a church home, you’re typically looking for one where you live (or will soon be living) – not a site a thousand miles away. So, if you’re a church and you want to be found by someone in your community searching the Web for a church – you’ll want to optimize your site for local search results. Here are some possibilities:
  • Get a Listing in Google Places – Provided free by Google, it’s one way you can show up in local searches.
  • List your church name and address in reputable online directors. Use a consistent address for each listing. 
  • Post your address on your site. You could also add it to your footer or blog, and you’ll have it listed several times on your site without being suspected of keyword stuffing.
  • Add directions to your church from nearby cities. This allows you to add local words and locations that people may use in their searches.

Communicating in Color

Friday, October 07, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Color communicates more than what you see; it also affects what you feel. What could the color choices in your site be communicating to your visitors?  The overall color chart falls something like this:

Blue – stability, security, trustworthiness
Red – passion, energy, strength, attention grabbing
Yellow – optimism, sunshine, ideas
Green – nature, calm (if light), financial (if dark)
Orange – energy, cheerfulness
Purple – nobility
Beige/gray – neutrality
Brown – reliability
Black – power, sophistication
White – simplicity, purity

Facebook Usage Grows

Friday, September 30, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Facebook is in the news a lot lately because of recent changes that prompted complaints from many users. More changes are coming, including a Timeline feature that will be a departure from the user profiles that customers have known. In the meantime, the use of Facebook is growing at an astonishing rate, so says the Chart of the Day from Business Insider. Americans are now spending about 16% of their time online on Facebook – that’s up from 10% during the same period in 2010.

Online Planning for In-Church Fun

Friday, September 23, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Got a big church-wide and/or community-wide event coming up? Like, say, a Fall Family Festival? E-zekiel can help you manage the details and get the word out. Starting with…
Pages – Create a landing page for your festival with all the details, and display a link to this page on your home page. Encourage site visitors to forward this page to their friends and family.
Panels – Create a panel for your home page (or any page) and highlight your details and give the link to the landing page. (The E-zekiel store will soon be releasing ready-to-go Easy Panels with Fall themes that you could use for event promotion. Watch for the announcement.) 
Event – Place the Fall Festival on your event calendar.
Designs – E-zekiel has Fall designs would be a good fit for your festival promotion. Check them out.
Volunteer – Need people to help? The HelpRoot Volunteer manager can provide organizational tools to request and collect volunteer names and contact information, and manage their assignments.
Communication, People and Group – Send out email blasts and targeted emails to groups to let them know this fun event will be taking place.  Each group should receive specific messaging tailored to their abilities as volunteers and interests as participants.
Media – Create a short video promoting your festival and upload to E-zekiel.tv. You can also provide scenes from previous festivals and video testimonials from previous participants.
Syndication – Include the festival in blogs or podcasts.
Album – During the festival, have someone (or several people) take photos and add these to the albums on your site as good memories of good times… and as your first step toward promoting next year’s festival!

Writing for the Web

Friday, September 16, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Writing for the Web does have many of the characteristics common to other types of expression. It’s based on words and sentences, after all – and typos are still frowned upon. However, there’s also a style of writing for the Web that fits with how people take in information from the Web (quickly, often scanning, for example). As you develop your own writings for the web, these 10 principles might be helpful.

Keeping the Faith as a College Student

Friday, September 09, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
The freshman year in college – now kicking off across the U.S. – often launches a season of change for the young person, including changes in academic demands, study habits, social activities, relationships, separation from family and early steps at independence. But as we also know, the college years can prove to be a test of faith. Literally. How can families and churches help create a “sticky faith” that helps kids hold onto their religious upbringing in this time of change? A blog on Pastors.com reviews a book that speaks about this very subject.

Facebook in Ministry

Friday, September 02, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
What are the actual ways Facebook can be used in ministry? Church social media blogger Meredith Gould says it’s about the news feeds (which is a way you can have a presence in other people’s busy lives) and it’s about sharing (which is how you can connect with those same busy lives). Take a look at her original post and the comments that follow give food for thought.

What's a Parent Page

Friday, August 26, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
When you open your Pages manager and click "add a new page," and if you so indicate in the details section, the page you create will become a part of your site menu. Let's call it "Sunday School," as an example. If you are in this Sunday School page in your Pages manager and click the plus sign for "add page,"  and create pages for "Preschool", or "Youth", or "Senior Adult", these pages will fall in your site hierarchy under the Sunday School page. In other words, the Sunday School page is a "parent" to these other pages and can have any number of offspring – like Preschool, Children's, Youth, Adult, Senior Adult pages.

When you in a page in your Pages manager, the tab at the top left says "Parent." If you want to reorder your site and page relationships, start here:

1.       Click the Parent Page tab.
2.       You will see a list of all pages within your Web site.
3.       Locate and select the page which you want to become the Parent Page of the page you are currently within.
4.       If the page is a secondary page and you want to make it a top-level page on your main menu, select "Home Page" from your page listing.

Wrap Text Around Photos

Friday, August 19, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Let's say you've got a Web page full of text, but now you've decided to plug in a photo. What do you do? Here's a quick way to insert a photo and make your text wrap right around it.
1. Type your text
2. Place your cursor at the beginning of the text
3. Click Insert/Edit Image
4. Select your image
5. Set the alignment to left or right (or other if so desired)
6. Set horizontal or vertical spacing as needed