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Promote Your Summer Activities With the Event Manager

Friday, June 15, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
A tool that comes with every E-zekiel package, the Event Manager provides a way to schedule and promote your events, while removing them once they’ve gone by. And with so much happening in the summer, now’s a great time to fill up your event calendar with everything you want people to attend.

You can list events that occur one time only, or events that recur (every Tuesday, for example). And if you prefer, with Silver and above packages, you can limit the viewing of events to registered members of your site.

Whatever options you choose, all you need to enter a new event is a title, a start date, end date, time, location and, for repeating events, the frequency of the event.

For more about the Event Manager, visit the E-zekiel support site.
 
 

Display Your Slogan and Increase Site Traffic at the Same Time

Friday, June 08, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
When you fill in a "Site Title" in the Site Manager, that information plugs into the strip across the top that serves as your browser's Title Bar. If you'd like, you can also add your organization slogan (think short mission statement, tag line, or community information) in that same strip. To make this addition, access your Site Manager, then click the "Home Page Settings" tab. In the "Motto/Slogan" field, enter the text of your slogan.

Because the Motto/Slogan immediately follows the Site Title, you may need a dash, period or other mark to separate the two. In other words, the Site Title could be similar to "Grace Baptist Church." The Motto/Slogan could be similar to "A friendly, missions-oriented church in Williams, North Carolina."

Adding information specific to your church, your denomination, your mission and your community will also help improve your search engine rankings. That way, more potential visitors can find you – not only on the web but also on Sunday morning!
 

How to Display Copyright Information on Your Site

Tuesday, June 05, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
Did you realize that you can add your organization's copyright information next to the "Powered by E-zekiel" tagline? It will appear as automated content at the bottom of each page and often looks something like this: © Copyright 2007 "Your Organization Name Here". All Rights Reserved. Powered by E-zekiel.

To add this type of information to your site, access the Site Manager, then click "Home Page Settings." Enter the appropriate information in the "Copyright" field, then click "Save."

If you'd like to add a symbol – such as © or ® – please be aware that these symbols cannot be input directly into the copyright field. To add a symbol, we recommend that you type the copyright content into your word processing software, copy it, and then use your browser paste icon to paste the content into the copyright field. Now, when you click save, the copyright information will now be displayed just before "Powered by E-zekiel".

One other important note: If the "Powered by E-zekiel" tagline is removed during the customization of an E-zekiel design template within the Design Manager, neither the E-zekiel copyright information nor your organization's copyright information will be displayed.
 

Create a Virtual Library with the Resource Manager

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
One of the qualities of websites that can't be matched by other types of communication is the vastness of space available. Publish an ad, for instance, and you're limited to a portion of a page. Publish a book, and you're limited to a couple of hundred pages. And yet… create a website with E-zekiel, and you can provide so much content that you're essentially establishing an online library.

The starting place is the Resource Manager. "Resource" is basically a catch-all term for "any information you want to offer." That includes Bible studies, Sunday school literature, sermons and/or sermon outlines, newsletters, job listings, reference links and more. The material can be cross-referenced and made searchable by category. You can make the material available to all visitors and with higher plans, impose access restrictions.

Visit the support site for instructions on building your "virtual library" today.
 

Google Analytics Announces Improvements

Friday, May 25, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
For all the E-zekiel customers who are using Google Analytics – a free web analytics reporting tool that helps you measure your site's success – we've heard word that the interface will be changing over the next few weeks. Google Analytics team member Jeff Gillis says their goal is to make Google Analytics "more collaborative, more useful, and easier to use, while continuing to provide the same comprehensive data."

In addition to interface improvements, Gillis says, Google Analytics is also adding new features, including a customizable reports dashboard, scheduled emailing of reports, improved geographic map view, and over-time graphs for at-a-glance analysis.

Take a look at the tour to find out more.

If you're not yet using Google Analytics (and we think you should be), you can sign up on the Google Analytics homepage. Remember, it's not only a helpful service, it's also free!

Paste from Word Prepares Text Ready for Website Formatting

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
The "Paste from Word" icon in the E-zekiel toolbar enables you to copy and paste the text from a Word document without the formatting of a Word document. That's important because, when the Word formatting is removed, you end up with plain text that is ready to pick up the formatting already in your website.

Start by selecting and copying the text within your Microsoft Word document. Then move to E-Zekiel and open the page where the text is to be added and place your cursor in the designated location. Click the icon labeled "Paste from Word" in the E-Zekiel toolbar. Follow the instructions in the web dialog box (paste text inside box, then press OK – and voilá – you've got clean, unformatted text on your page.
 

Conducting Website Polls

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
Want to know what's on the minds of your visitors? A poll on your website can help.

The Poll Manager, which is available with E-zekiel plans of Silver level and above, provides a simple means to seek visitor interaction and input by posting a short question and answer series within a box on any of the pages in your site.

E-zekiel polls serve as opinion polls – meaning, there's no right answer. It's simply a sampling of opinion, ranging anywhere from a lighthearted question to the youth group to name their favorite pizza topping to a more serious question to the congregation about preferences for music and worship style.

For more information on setting up polls, visit our support site.
 

Keeping Your Account Information Current

Friday, May 11, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
With "change" a constant for most organizations, keeping information current can be as important a communication task as any other. Should changes within your organization impact your E-zekiel account – including contact changes, address changes, billing preferences, website package upgrades and the like – the Account Manager is your one-stop shop for making these updates.

Simply access the Account Manager from the Control Panel and click the appropriate tabs if you want to change your payment option, review your current level of services, buy add-ons or upgrade to a higher level package. Also, customer contact information is stored on the Account Manager main page, so it's a good idea to check back from time to time to make sure your current information is displayed.
 

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.