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Limiting the Length of Your Pages

Tuesday, August 07, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
When preparing content, you'd be wise to give as much thought to how your visitor will view it as you do what you want to say.

More is not always better when it comes to your page's content, and longer doesn't mean stronger when it comes to your page's length.  In fact, as you pile content on top of content, you might not even realize how lengthy your page is becoming.

To avoid overwhelming your site visitors, break large amounts of text into small sections, using headings for each section that tell what content is within.  That way the site visitor has the option to read from top to bottom – or to scroll quickly, getting a sense of the content, before focusing in on pertinent information.

You can also break large amounts of text into separate pages.  As an E-zekiel customer, you have an unlimited number of pages available to you, so why limit yourself to only a few?

To make your pages easy to read, while retaining visitor interest, keep these other tips in mind as well:
  • Along with headings, use bullets, lists, and short sentences to help improve "scanability".
  • Use hyperlinks and anchors when long pages are necessary (like on an FAQ page).
Remember, people don't read web pages like they do print pages, so don't copy and paste from print materials without editing the content for "scanability" on the web.

Learn How to Use Your Resource Manager Effectively

Friday, August 03, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
Make your plans to join us via Internet and telephone for a web session that will help you learn more about using the Resource Manager that comes with every E-zekiel package.

Resources: What are They and How Can I Use Them?
August 9, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. CST

The Resource Manager is actually one of the most valuable and powerful tools available to you, and once you understand how resources work, you’ll see why.  By attending this session, you’ll not only learn what resources are, but also how they can make your site more valuable to visitors, increase your storage space, increase site traffic and improve your search engine listings!  To sign up, click here.

For Top-Notch Text, Try These Tips.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
With so many sizes and fonts available for text, it can be tempting to use as many as possible.  But you'd be wise to remember the adage, "less is more."  To keep the text on your pages appealing as well as easy to read and understand, try the following tips:

• Use no more than 2 font face choices per page.
• Use font colors sparingly (it is a good idea to use less than 3 colors per page).
• Use universal font faces like Arial, Verdana, etc.
• While serif fonts (Georgia, Times New Roman) are typically easier to read in print, sans-serif fonts (Arial, Verdana, Tahoma) are typically easier to read on screen.
• Use font styles (bold, italic, caps) sparingly (the underline style should always be reserved for hyperlinks).
• Avoid mixing multiple font sizes.
• Use a text size that is easy to read (10 -12 pt is usually sufficient).
• Avoid using centered or justified alignment.
• Use font faces appropriate for viewing audience (i.e. Comic Sans for kids page).
• Avoid using blinking, fading, or moving text.

Resizing Photos in E-zekiel

Friday, July 27, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
How quickly a page loads, how much storage space you use, and how an image displays on the page are among the issues affected by the size of the photos you upload. But there's no need to stick with the original dimensions when you can resize your photo in E-zekiel. Here's how it works:

• Open My Files. You can access this file storage area through a tab in the Control Panel. You can also get to it by clicking "Insert/Edit Image" in the Page Editors within the managers where content can be added.
• Once in My Files, select the image you want resized.
• Click the button for "Resize Image".
• Click OK when a dialog box asks you to enter a new width or height.
• Enter a new size. As you give the item a new width (in pixels), the height will adjust accordingly, and the image will resize while you watch in a live, changing display. If you're not satisfied with the size, simply enter smaller or larger numbers and keep adjusting it until it's like you want it.
• Make your selections in the checkboxes about whether you want to maintain aspect ratio or save as a copy. (Note: Saving a copy of your photo takes up additional storage space. If you have saved the original on your computer, and do not need the image size that was originally uploaded to My Files, it is probably not necessary for you to save as a copy.)
• Click save.

Guidelines for Using Graphics Effectively

Tuesday, July 24, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
The graphic images proudly displayed on your pages can actually become a source of annoyance for your viewers if they are too large, if there are too many, or if they distract from the content. Following the helpful guidelines below, however, can help you manage your graphics more effectively:

• Use web optimized graphics (those that are created in 72 dpi RGB format) when possible
• Use graphics that are smaller than 40kb in file size
• Thumbnail image width should be less than 100px
• Standard image width should be less than 500px (but even smaller if your content area is smaller)
• Images should never exceed the width of the page’s content area, causing horizontal scrolling
• Use as few images as possible (2-3 per page)
• Use images that symbolize, support, and draw attention to your content rather than distracting from it
• Use the Album Manager to display large numbers of photos

Register Now for Web Training on Forms

Friday, July 20, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
The date, time and subject matter are set. Are you registered? Make your plans to join us via Internet and telephone for a web session that will help you learn all you need to know about creating forms:

Visitor Information: Discover How Forms Can Be Used for Event Registrations, Prayer Requests, and More
July 26, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CST

What can forms do for you? They enable you to collect all kinds of information from your visitors – assisting them in submitting prayer requests, ordering products, completing surveys and more. It's a tool that's easy to use, and it'll become even easier when you sign up for this E-zekiel web session.

Tips for Maintaining Site Content

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
Web site content is not always the easiest thing to master or even maintain, but following a few of the following tips can make it a little easier:

• Use dates sparingly and keep copyright year updated.
• Create and use Content Panels with publish and expiration dates to make management easier.
• Identify links to non-HTML documents with an icon (Word, Excel, PDF, etc.).
• Limit or eliminate divider bars.
• Use content layout templates and page layout styles which provide a clear focal point for the viewer.
• Avoid jargon or unexplained acronyms.
• Update content on entire site continually (but especially the home page).
• Use the Statistics Manager along with Google Analytics to track page views and know which content is getting good results - and which content isn't.
• Avoid anything that causes horizontal scrolling (i.e. images or tables or other objects that are too wide for the page).
• ALWAYS, always perform a spelling and grammar check on your content before making it live.

Translating Text to Another Language

Friday, July 13, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
How would you like convenient access to a translator of multiple languages? Actually, Google offers a tool that gives you just that – and makes it available for free. Look for it at Google Language Tools.

There, you’ll find a box where you can enter text in one language and have it translated to another -- English to Spanish or Spanish to English, for instance, as well as similar options for French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. You’ll also find a box where you can enter a web address for a whole page translation.

Six Steps to Success with Statistics

Friday, July 06, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
Did you know that Google Analytics provides a comprehensive means of tracking the web traffic of your site? By using the E-zekiel Statistics Manager and Google Analytics together, you can discover lots of things about your site's visitors. And, the best part - it's FREE! To get started tracking your site's traffic, follow the six simple steps below:

1) Visit http://www.google.com/analytics/.
2) Sign up for a free Google Analytics account.
3) From your new Google Analytics account, take the tracking code (which looks like this: UA-1234567-1) and put it in the User Name field of the E-zekiel Statistics Manager. Click Save.
4) While still In the E-zekiel Statistics Manager, click the View Reports tab. Sign in to your Google Analytics account.
5) Click the Check Status button within Google to verify that the tracking code has been installed on your website.
6) Watch your stats start tracking in about 24 hours. You can access Google Analytics anytime from the View Reports tab in the E-zekiel Statistics Manager.

How to Create a Poll for Your Site

Monday, July 02, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
The Poll Manager (available with Silver plans and above) enables you to create a simple question-and-answer exchange with site visitors. It works like the other managers, which means you access it through the Control Panel and click the “plus” sign to add a poll. The Page Editor opens, you type your question and click “save”.

Next, tabs for Poll Answers and Poll Placement will appear. To create answers, click the Poll Answers tab and input them one at a time. Click the “save” icon after you input each answer.

Most polls list two to four possible answers. The results, which appear directly on the site, are updated as each visitor makes a selection. (Note: visitors are only able to vote once from the same computer.)

The Poll Placement tab enables you to choose the page or pages where you want to place the poll. The poll will appear in the left or right column depending on the template used.