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How to Find What You're Looking For

Friday, August 31, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
With all the bells and whistles of Internet communication, sometimes it’s easy to overlook the simplest tricks of computer technology.  But here’s a good one to keep in mind.

If you're looking for a word or phrase on a web page, try typing Ctrl + F (Cmd + F for Mac users) simultaneously on your keyboard. A Find window (or bar near the bottom of your screen) will appear where you can search for anything on the web page. You can also use this same trick to search through a file while using any other application on your computer.
 

The Purpose of the Coordinators Tab

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
If you subscribe to a package which contains the People Manager (Silver and above), you've probably noticed that many of the managers in your Control Panel have a Coordinators tab.  That's a tab that can be used to give certain people in your People Manager the ability to manage just that one part of your website.
 
Let's say you have a volunteer who is a member of your organization and is willing to manage an area of the site such as the Event Manager.  As long as you have this person listed in the People Manager and have an email address for them on the Contacts tab of their record, you can choose them on the Coordinators tab of the Event Manager.  Once that's done, they will be able to log in and manage only the Event Manager.  So now you've got a way to let them assist you in maintaining a part of your site – without having to turn over full access to the entire site.
 

Changing a Bullet Symbol

Friday, August 24, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
When creating a bulleted list on your web page, you can change the default bullet properties by completing the following steps:
  • In the Editor, insert your cursor where the bulleted list will be.
  • Select the "Insert/Remove Bulleted List" icon in the toolbar.
  • Position your cursor on the bullet and right-click your mouse.
  • Choose "Bulleted List Properties".
  • In the dialog box, click on the "Type" down arrow.
  • Make your selection from the dropdown menu.
  • Click OK.

Tips to Reduce Eye Strain

Friday, August 17, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
Eye strain can be a real problem if you use your computer constantly – and can even lead to burning and irritation of the eyes, headaches and blurred vision.  For serious issues with your vision, please consult your doctor.  For tips to take care of your vision while using your computer, keep the following in mind:  
  • Lighting - The light in the room should be softer (less bright) than your computer display.
  • Glare - Position your computer display to avoid glare from lights or windows.
  • Eye Position - The top of your computer display should be level with your eyes (when your sitting in your chair).
  • Arm Position - Your keyboard and wrists should be parallel to the floor.
  • Clean - Clean your computer display screen regularly to remove dust.
  • Break - Take a break away from your computer display about every 2 hours.
 

Clearing Content Clutter

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
One of the benefits of creating a website is that you can get very creative – adding graphics, animation, music, or anything else you can think of and get access to.  But please remember: a little can go a long way.

Unless all these bells and whistles are managed very carefully, the result can be so distracting that visitors can't find what they're looking for (or, worse, don't even want to look).

Before placing a "perfect song" on your site or plugging in one more piece of clip-art in that extra bit of white space, consider the tips below:
  • Use high-quality web graphics in place of clip-art. There are many free graphics resources on the web which you can use for a more professional look.
  • Use flash and animations sparingly. These can be very distracting.
  • Use background music sparingly. Provide a way for the viewer to quickly and easily turn it off if desired, and make sure you have the proper legal rights to use it.
  • To draw attention to text, use tables with colored backgrounds in place of scrolling marquees.
If it is an absolute necessity to use any of the above, limit the use to no more than 1 on a page.
 

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