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Sharing Holiday Photos and Video

Friday, December 16, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
You’ve got two great ways to display scenes from your Christmas and New Year’s gatherings – thanks to the recent introduction of E-zekiel.tv Beta, a free Christian video sharing website, and the Album Manager that comes with every E-zekiel.com package.
 
To give E-zekiel.tv a try, sign up and starting uploading videos for free.
 
The Album Manager is also ready and waiting for you to post scenes from church activities, or anything else you’d like to share with your site visitors.  Simply create a main album page through the Album Manager, then you can begin adding an unlimited number of albums.  Storage space has limits, depending on your plan, but that's easy to manage by keeping a close watch on image size.
 

How to Plan Content Changes Ahead of Time

Friday, December 09, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
The ability to schedule when your content appears and when it disappears is one of the best benefits of panels, and yet many people aren't aware that they can be used for this task.  So here are the basics:
 
Creating small amounts of content that can be placed in various areas of your site can be done through the Panel manager.  As you create a panel, you can designate a date when it should be published and a date when it should expire.
 
For instance, if you're promoting an upcoming event, you'd simply set the expiration date on the panel for the day of the event, and the panel will be removed from the public view of your site at the end of the day on that date.  So now you won't be promoting your Christmas Eve candlelight services, say, when the New Year rolls in – which is an even more helpful feature during a time when offices are closed or staff members are taking time off.
 

Tech Training for Grandparents

Friday, December 02, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Social networking among Internet users 50 and older has doubled in recent years, and who better to help get this demographic percentage more involved than their grandkids? That’s the premise behind “Grandparents Gone Wired,” an initiative to bring more grandparents into the digital age by helping them with the basics: Facebook, Skype and Gmail.  It’s not just a good idea – there are prizes too! To learn more, visit www.dosomething.org/grandparents.

Thanksgiving Schedule

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Our offices will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25, 2011. Customer support staff will return on Monday, November 28 at 8 a.m. CT.
 

How to Use Address Shortcuts

Friday, November 11, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
"Shortcuts" are brief descriptions of the web page summed up in one word or a very short phrase (no spaces). They are added to the end of your site's URL to give an easy reference point for accessing the page quickly - without having to navigate through the site to find it.

For example, you might enter the phrase "youthministry" in the "Shortcut" field of your "Youth Ministry" page so that you could offer a direct link to this page, like www.yourdomainname.com/youthministry.

Only letters, numbers, and underscores can be used in the shortcut field. Be sure to keep your shortcuts easy to spell and easy to remember. Since they are actually part of the URL of the page, shortcuts are not case sensitive (entering them in all lower case is fine).
 

Who is your target audience?

Friday, November 04, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Despite what we'd all like to think, the best target audience for a website is not "everybody."  The more effective communication approach is to identify the group or groups you are trying to reach and design your site to meet their needs.  For instance, is it church members?  Church prospects?  If that's the case, is it the neighborhood?  A certain segment of the population?
 
Church websites are generally trying to reach more than one target audience – typically a division between members and visitors.  Members, however, can range from the ones in active leadership to others who are trying to find out when the Easter services are.  And visitors, of course, can range from Christians seeking a church home to non-believers seeking to find out more about Christianity.
 
The key is to identify to the purposes and groups your site should serve and then seek to address those needs with an easy-to-follow format.  Make your site accessible, informative and obvious to navigate.  In the case of visitors, help make your audiences feel comfortable finding out more about you through this Internet introduction.  And in the case of those who know you well, let your site be a reaffirmation of what's best about your ministry.
 

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.