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OurChurch.Com Webmaster Newsletter - December 2008

 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:14 pm    Post subject: OurChurch.Com Webmaster Newsletter - December 2008 Reply with quote

View this newsletter in your browser:
http://www.ourchurch.com/news/webmaster-2008-12.php

Hello OurChurch.Com webmasters,

Only 7 days until Christmas. I don't know about you, but it seems like every year Christmas sneaks up on me faster than ever. Sure the stores stock their Christmas stuff earlier, the radio stations start the Christmas music earlier, and the neighbors put up their Christmas decorations earlier, but the busyness of the season often keeps me from slowing down and really reflecting on this celebration of God's amazing Gift to us until Christmas is almost upon is.

So, more than anything, I hope you're able to take some time away from the busyness of work and shopping and parties and preparation for Christmas services and just be alone for a while with your Lord and Savior.

Hopefully we can help lighten the load of some of that busyness by helping you communicate more efficiently so you have more time for the things that really matter at Christmas.

In His Service,
Paul Steinbrueck
OurChurch.Com


IN THIS ISSUE
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1) Save on Bronze
2) Holiday Support Schedule
3) Blog Update - 7 Tips for Saving Time and Money Christmas Shopping Online
4) Uploading Large Files
5) Funny Video - 12 Days
6) New Years, Praise & Worship Templates Added
7) New Coupon - Only Available in This Newsletter

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1) SAVE ON BRONZE
December is Family month at OCC! Sharing photos and blogging are great ways to get better connected with family and friends. You can do both and save when you purchase a year of the Bronze Hosting Package and Ad-Free Option together for only $199 (a savings of $50). Or save $30 on 6 months of Bronze and Ad-Free. This special offer is only available this month, so order now!
http://www.ourchurch.com/edit/order2.php

2) HOLIDAY SUPPORT SCHEDULE
We try to give our support staff as much family time as possible around the holidays. As a result, there will be no phone support Christmas or New Year's Day. The day after Christmas and New Years there will be no live phone support but we will respond to voicemail. Help desk and email support is available every day, but response times may be longer than on a typical business day.

3) BLOG ROUND-UP - 7 TIPS FOR SAVING TIME AND MONEY SHOPPING ONLINE
Christmas (at least in America) has become way over-commercialized. For many people the season seems to be more about buying, giving, and receiving of gifts than celebrating Jesus birth. But whether you enjoy giving the perfect gift to a loved one or consider the traditional exchanging of gifts to be an burdensome societal expectation (or worse), odds are you’re planning to give someone a gift this Christmas.

As of today you’ve got 14 shopping days left before Christmas. And you probably still have some Christmas shopping left to do. (Or all of it if you’re like me.) Shopping online can be a great way to avoid the crowds and long check-out lines as well as a great way to save time and money. Here are 7 tips to help you do just that.
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2008/12/11/tips-save-time-money-christmas-shopping-online/

Other recent blog articles:

- Save Time and Money with an Online Christmas Letter
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2008/12/02/save-time-and-money-with-an-online-christmas-letter/

- Geeks and God Redesigned, Merges with Christian Web Masters Forums
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2008/12/01/geeks-and-god-redesigned-merges-with-christian-web-masters-forums/

- Do you know the true story of Thanksgiving?
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2008/11/25/true-story-of-thanksgiving/

4) UPLOADING LARGE FILES
We have increased the maximum size of files that can be uploaded in the NE1 Web Builder from 3 MB to 7 MB. This allows NE1 users to upload most image and music files via the web builder. For larger files we recommend using FTP.

Older versions of the Internet Explorer web browser support FTP uploading, but IE7 does not and neither does FireFox. That's why we removed the link on the NE1 Admin and Beacon Webmaster page which used to facilitate browser-based FTP. Instead, there is a ? icon which links to the FTP Help Page. That page explains where to get free FTP software and how to use it to upload files larger than 7 MB.

5) FUNNY VIDEO - 12 DAYS
This month's feature video is a funny, a cappella medley of Christmas songs. We've posted the HTML code so you can copy it into your website and share it with your visitors.
http://www.ourchurch.com/news/webmaster-2008-12.php

6) NEW YEARS, PRAISE & WORSHIP TEMPLATES ADDED
We've added another 5 new NE1 templates for you to use with your website including a New Years theme and a Praise and Worship theme. Of course it's not too late to use one of the 3 Christmas templates we added last month. See the templates in our forums:
http://forums.ourchurch.com/viewtopic.php?t=5232

7) NEW COUPON - ONLY AVAILABLE IN THIS NEWSLETTER
Click on the coupon below to "claim" it. After claiming the coupon, it will appear in the order form for all of your OCC websites until it expires. It can be used once per site. If you have any problems clicking on the coupon, you can also claim it by going to your order form and entering coupon code familymonth.
http://www.ourchurch.com/edit/order2.php?couponClaim=Submit&couponCode=familymonth

Thanks for hosting your website at OurChurch.Com. Post your comments and questions concerning this newsletter here in our forums.

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OVERHEARD...
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"Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?" - ferryman

Sound off on our message boards - http://forums.ourchurch.com/viewtopic.php?t=5177

NEWSLETTER POLL
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Are you doing any Christmas shopping online this year?

- Yes, most or all of it.
- Yes, some of it.
- Yes, one or two items.
- No.

Vote: http://www.ourchurch.com/edit/NE1survey4.php

NE1 TIP O' THE MONTH
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Creating a family website with NE1 and using the photo gallery and blog modules is a great week to keep friends and family up to date on the things going on in the life of your family.

WEBSITE SPOTLIGHT: Larry and Jeannie – http://www.larryandjeannie.com
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LarryAndJeannie.com is the personal/family site of - you guessed it - Larry and Jeannie. (They have omitted their last name for privacy reasons and so will we.) The site was created using OurChurch.Com's NE1 website builder and features photo galleries, prayer requests, a family calendar, links, and newsletters. They've done a great job keeping up to date with a Christmas template, scripture, and clips from recent movies.

AWARD-WINNING WEBSITES
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- Narrow Path Westerfield Family Farms - http://www.westerfieldfamilyfarms.com
- Thoughts from God - http://www.thoughtsfromgod.com
- a-contrite-heart - http://www.time4jesus.net
- New Hope Baptist Church - http://www.newhopemd.org

Info on PowerPoints Challenge - http://www.ourchurch.com/help/help-powerpoints.php
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