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How To Communicate Effectively

Friday, May 04, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
One of the challenges churches and organizations face is how to communicate with members, leadership, staff, committees, prospects and others in a way that gives attention to the most important messages, producing the greatest results. E-zekiel addresses that concern.

If your website plan includes the Group and Communications Managers, you can easily manage the delivery of messages to multiple and varied audiences. In other words, rather than inundating every group with every available piece of information, the communication process is greatly improved by targeting specific messages to specific audiences.

Here's the basics of how it works. In the Group Manager, you create multiple groups (Staff, Youth, Women's Ministry, Finance Committee, etc.) and assign individuals to the groups. You then use the Communications Manager to send target email messages to the particular groups.

It's safe to say that the majority of people with email addresses routinely receive unwanted or unrelated email. By categorizing your members and visitors into groups based on their interests, you increase the chances that your message will be received, read, and acted upon. And you increase the effectiveness and efficiency of your email communication.

Extra Tip! If you are sending communications to groups larger than 250, use an email marketing application such as Constant Contact instead. These applications provide reporting functionality that can help you determine your success in communicating with the group.
 

Scheduling Annual Events in Event Manager

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
Did you know that you can use the Event Manager to schedule events which occur on an annual basis, including holidays, anniversary dates, birthdays and other observances? As long as the event happens on the same date or day each year, it's easy to do.

First, create a new event in the Event Manager. Enter the month and day of the special day as the start and end date but include a wide range of years between them. For example, use "2007/05/20" as the start date and "2020/05/20" as the end date.

Then, after you save your event information and the dialog box prompts you to set your event schedule, enter the number "12" in the number blank and select "Month(s)" from the drop-down list.

Next, select the date or day on which the event occurs. For example, for an event which occurs every year on May 20, choose "20th" from the drop-down list; for an event such as Mother's Day, which occurs every year on the second Sunday in May, choose "2nd" from the first drop-down list and "Sunday" from the second drop-down list.

Finally, click the small save icon in the upper right corner of the event schedule dialog window, and you're done. That's all there is to it.
 

The Helpful Assistance of the Site Map

Friday, April 27, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
When someone is looking for specific information, but doesn't know where to find it on your site, the Site Map will help. This is an automatic part of your menu listing that is generated and updated whenever you create or delete pages in E-zekiel. The Site Map gives visitors a quick listing of every displayed page and also provides a link to get there in just one click.

Another good use: the Site Map not only helps site visitors, it also helps search engines find all the pages within your site.
 

Creating Mailto Links

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
You can create a link anywhere within your site content to give your visitors an option to send you an email. And if you want to make this communication as easy for them as possible, this link can open an email program with the destination address, the message subject and even the message body already filled in. Here's how:
1. When you're in the Page Editor within the Site Manager or other content-adding manager, type in the email address you wish to link to and use your mouse to highlight the text.
2. Select the Insert/Edit Link icon from the Editor Toolbar
3. When the Web Page Dialog Box opens, click the arrow next to Link Type and select E-Mail from the drop-down menu.
4. In the box for E-Mail Address, enter the destination e-mail address. (This will automatically be filled in when the user's mail client opens.)
5. In the box for Message Subject, enter the default message subject. (This will automatically be filled in when the user's mail client opens.)
6. In the box for Message Body, enter the default content of the message. (This will automatically be filled in when the user's mail client opens.)
7. Click OK to insert your link.
8. Click the Save icon in the upper right corner of the screen to save your work.
 

Creating Links to Pages Within Your Site

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
If you want to make it easy for visitors to one page in your site to get to another page with related information, the Insert Link tool is ready to help. Here’s how it works:

1. Open (or create) the page in your Site Manager. Using the mouse, highlight the text or image you would like to use as a link.
2. Select the Insert Link icon from the Tool Bar.
3. When the Web Page Dialog box appears, click the button for My Pages. Use the drop-down list to choose the page, event, resource, group, store item, person, or discussion board you wish to link to.
4. Click the save icon in the upper right corner of the screen.

For more tips on how to create links visit E-zekiel's Tips, Hints and Ideas page.
 

Web Resources for Christian Sites

Friday, April 13, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
Add inspiration and Bible study resources to your site with the assistance of Christian website tools. E-zekiel has two resources listed in the Web Resources section of our home page. Check out www.plainbible.com and see their easy instructions for incorporating Bible verse search on your site. Another option, www.christnotes.org, gives Christian webmasters instructions on how to incorporate their Bible search feature, plus daily Bible verses and weekly wisdom.
 

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