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Customizing E-zekiel Designs

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
Using E-zekiel's ready-to-go professional designs is an easy way to get your website up and running quickly. But you also have the option of adapting E-zekiel designs with your own custom touches. If you want to know more, join us for the web session, Custom Designs: From Stock to Personal, April 17, and learn how to use the Design Manager to personalize stock designs.

Use Existing Pages As Page Templates

Tuesday, April 03, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
If you want to use the same page layout for multiple pages, there's no need to keep reinventing each page. Just copy it instead. The "Copy Page" feature is an excellent tool for staff pages, newsletters and many other types of content that have consistent formats.

To copy a page:
1. From the Site Manager, create a new page or open an existing page. A "Copy Page" icon Copy Page will appear in the bar where the page title is displayed.
(Note: if you've created a new page, you must save it before you can make a copy of it.)
2. Click the "Copy Page" icon. Now the original and copy are available in the same location (with the same settings) within the Site Manager.
3. Edit the copied page's title, contents and settings to fit your needs. Repeat as needed!

Want to Share Unlimited Resources? Here's How!

Friday, March 30, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
Create searchable, cross-referenced libraries of anything – Bible studies, articles, newsletters, sermon notes, job openings and more – with the assistance of E-zekiel's Resource Manager. You can make your resources viewable to all site visitors or limit the viewing to certain people. Either way, you won't have any storage limits on the resources you offer, and you'll give your visitors an important reason to keep coming back for more.

To learn how to put the Resource Manager to work for you, why not sign up for our upcoming Web session? It’s scheduled for April 5 from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and will be delivered via your phone line and computer.

How to Submit a Podcast to iTunes

Tuesday, March 27, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
Got a podcast you want to submit to iTunes for all the world to hear? Just follow these easy steps:

1. If you already have the latest version of iTunes, skip this step. If not, download a free version at http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/. Keep in mind that it’s a pretty large download. Be prepared to wait awhile or have something else you can be doing while it downloads in the background. Then, once it has been installed on your computer…
2. Open the iTunes program.
3. Click the "iTunes Store" menu item in the left-hand column.
4. Click the "Podcasts" menu item in the left-hand column of the music store page.
5. Click the "Submit a Podcast" square in the center of the podcasts page.
6. Enter in the full URL for the podcast you wish to submit. (You can get this by going to the web view of your site's podcast and then click on the POD button beside the podcast channel you want to submit. Copy the URL in the blank at the bottom of the right-hand column.)
7. Click continue and then follow the onscreen instructions.

Note – In order to submit podcasts, you will need to get a music store account (it’s free too). More information on podcasts can be found at http://www.apple.com/itunes/store/podcastsfaq.html

How to Improve Search Engine Results for Your Site

Friday, March 23, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
Among the billions of Internet searches conducted each month, would you say your site is getting its fair share of hits? To improve your site's showing in search engine results, start by logging in to your Control Panel, accessing the Site Manager and clicking on the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Settings tab.

From there, you will complete a simple form that will help us find the right "keywords" to attract your target audience. Keywords, in search terms, are the words you think your potential visitors would use to find you. Once identified, these keywords will be submitted to all major search engines, including Google, Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft. Then, when your target audiences search, they find you!

How To Use Content Panels For Keeping Content Fresh

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
Keeping your content updated has never been easier! Just use content panels to manage when your content should be published and when it should expire. You can use the Content Panel Manager to create small pieces of content that can then be placed in various areas of your site. If you're promoting an upcoming event, 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.

Creating a Custom Thank You Page for Form Submission

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
A default acknowledgment is set to pop up in a system window whenever a site visitor submits information through a form created for your website. Or, if you prefer, you can customize that acknowledgement with your organization's own "thank you." All you have to do is follow these easy steps:

1. Create a page in your site and input your thank you message.
2. Create another page in your site and then build your form on that page.
3. At the end of the form (inside the dotted red box) click the "Hidden Field" icon on the editor toolbar. For "Name," enter "returnURL."
4. For "Value," enter the full URL (including the "http://") of the custom thank you page you created in step 1 (shortcuts can be especially helpful here).
5. Click "OK."

That's all there is to it. You can actually use this principle to direct the form submitter to any URL on the Web.

If you want to learn more about forms, it's not too late to sign up for the Web Session class on March 20.

Daylight Savings Time to Arrive Earlier, Stay Later

Friday, March 09, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
There's a big change in the time change that occurs each spring and fall. As a result of recent federal legislation, Daylight Savings Time is being extended by four weeks starting this year. Clocks "spring forward" at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11 and "fall back" at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 4. Don't forget or you just might be late to church!

How To Make an Online Form Secure

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
Creating an online form is a great way to collect information from visitors, but when that information is sensitive or private, you may wish to protect the data with an added layer of security. No problem. Here's what to do:

After you have created a form, simply right-click on the form and select "Form Properties." In the dialog box that appears, click "Use Other Processor" button. When the "Explorer User Prompt" window opens, use your mouse or the arrow key to navigate to the beginning of the URL line. Just before the forward slash, enter the following: https://secure.websrvcs.com

Click "OK." Then click "OK" again in the dialog box and you're done! If you want to learn more about forms, sign up now for the Web Session class on March 20 -- "Visitor Information: Discover How Forms Can Be Used for Event Registrations, Prayer Requests and More."

Freelance Writers Prepare Website Content

Friday, March 02, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
You've got so much to tell your website audience. But do you have the time to write, edit and proofread all the news and information your site visitors need to know? If not, why not hire a freelance writer?

Whether you like to write, but don't have time – or don't like to write, but don't know where to turn – a freelance writer can help you get your words just the way you want them.

Need a contact name to get started? In E-zekiel’s Web Resources, among options listed for writing services, you'll find a link to the website for freelance writer, Minnie Lamberth. Minnie regularly writes content for E-zekiel, as well as other marketing and advertising clients. She is also a published author and enjoys speaking to church groups, book clubs and other organizations.