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OurChurch.Com Webmaster Newsletter - April 2009

 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:59 am    Post subject: OurChurch.Com Webmaster Newsletter - April 2009 Reply with quote

View this newsletter in your browser:
http://www.ourchurch.com/news/webmaster-2009-04.php

Hello OurChurch.Com webmasters,

We hope you had a wonderful Easter celebration at your church. And we hope lots of new people were able to hear the gospel message, maybe for the first time. Perhaps some of them attended your church after first looking over your website.

Helping you make your church website more friendly to visitors and non-Christians is just one of the things we're doing during in April during Internet Evangelism Month.

In this issue of the webmaster newsletter you can also learn how to get some free search registration services, get a preview of our newest NE1 templates, and see the inspiring video of what happened when a mugger got into the car with a woman who was not afraid to trust in Lord for her protection.

In His Service,
Paul Steinbrueck
OurChurch.Com


IN THIS ISSUE
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1) Expand Your Reach
2) Free Search Registration Offer
3) Blog Update - Social Networking is Changing the World
4) NE1 Counter, Media Player Improved
5) Inspirational Video - Grandmother Tells Mugger about Jesus
6) OCC Expands Phone Support Hours
7) New Mother's Day Templates, More Editable Templates
Cool Connect with OCC on Facebook
9) New Coupon - Only Available in This Newsletter

1) EXPAND YOUR REACH
The Internet provides unprecedented opportunity for us to spread the gospel to those in our community and around the world. But that doesn't happen just by accident. It takes knowledge and intentionality. We need to understand how to connect and be a witness to those who are not yet believers. Our goal during April's Internet Evangelism Month is to help educate and provide the tools you need so you and your organization can more effectively share your faith online. Read the announcement to see how we can help you.
http://www.ourchurch.com/news/news-2009-04-02.php

2) FREE SEARCH REGISTRATION OFFER
To be effective in sharing your faith through your website, people have to be able to find your website. That's why we're giving away our Major Search Engine Registration service free with the purchase of our Christian Engine Registration service (http://marketing.ourchurch.com/christian-search-engine-registration.php) and giving away both our Major and Christian Search Engine Registration services free when you purchase our Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Management service (http://marketing.ourchurch.com/search-engine-optimization-management.php). Order before the end of the month, though to get the free services.
http://www.ourchurch.com/edit/order2.php

3) BLOG UPDATE - SOCIAL NETWORKING IS CHANGING THE WORLD
If you’ve never used social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter you may wonder what the hubbub is all about. Or perhaps you’ve started using one of these sites to stay connected with family and friends, play games, or watch videos and you think that’s they are kind of cool but not that big a deal.

But social networking is changing media. Social networking is changing business. And so social networking is changing the world.

There were several examples of that just in the past week which I think we can learn from as we adapt to this changing world.

http://blog.ourchurch.com/2009/04/23/social-networking-is-changing-the-world/

Other recent articles:

- 7 Ways Your Web Hosting Company Can Help You Go Green
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2009/04/22/go-green-web-hosting/

- CatalystLeadershipDigital.com - The Future of Magazines?
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2009/04/21/catalystleadershipdigitalcom-%e2%80%93-the-future-of-magazines/

- Internet Evangelism Round-up - April 11-17
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2009/04/17/internet-evangelism-round-up-april-11-17/

4) NE1 COUNTER, MEDIA PLAYER IMPROVED
Some of you have reported problems with the auto-start feature of the media player, specifically not being able to disable the auto-start. We've upgraded the page editor in NE1 and the auto-start feature can be disabled.

There have also been problems with the counter in NE1. It didn't work well with sites that have a lot of pages, and the data often got corrupted for sites with a lot of visitors. We began installing a new counter system this morning and ran into a problem, and had to revert to the old version. We hope to get the issue resolved and the new counter system installed within the next few days.

5) INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO - GRANDMOTHER TELLS MUGGER ABOUT JESUS
Check out this local news story which includes an interview of a elderly woman who when confronted by a mugger confronted him with Jesus.
http://www.ourchurch.com/news/webmaster-2009-04.php

6) OCC EXPANDS PHONE SUPPORT
In our continuing effort to provide you with the best, most helpful support we have expanded our phone support hours. You can now call us at 727-712-3329 Monday through Thursday 9 AM and 10 PM EST and Friday 9 AM to 5 PM. We also provide support via email and help desk (http://www.ourchurch.com/support/) Friday evening and throughout the weekend.

7) NEW MOTHER'S DAY TEMPLATES, MORE EDITABLE TEMPLATES
We've got 2 new Mother's Day template plus a new template which ties in with yesterday's Earth Day celebration encouraging care for God's creation.
http://forums.ourchurch.com/viewtopic.php?t=5636

Cool CONNECT WITH OCC ON FACEBOOK
Have you seen OurChurch.Com's page on Facebook? If not, check it out! There you can get advanced look at announcements and newsletters, post notes, and interact with other OCC members. Got ideas for ways we could make the page more fun, useful, and interactive? Post them on the page.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/OurChurchCom/54112992841

9) 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 iem.
http://www.ourchurch.com/edit/order2.php?couponClaim=Submit&couponCode=iem

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

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OCC Quick Links
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- OurChurch.Com homepage - http://www.ourchurch.com
- Website hosting - http://www.ourchurch.com/hosting/
- Custom website designs - http://www.ourchurch.com/design/
- Marketing services - http://marketing.ourchurch.com
- Advertising - http://www.ourchurch.com/advertising/

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OVERHEARD...
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"Watch out my friend's with this new Wave of going to church. Now you can enjoy church from the comfort of your home or work on your computer. What wrong with this movement?" - Thegloryland

Sound off on our message boards - http://forums.ourchurch.com/viewtopic.php?t=4864

NEWSLETTER POLL
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How often do you share your faith online?

- More than once a week
- 1-4 times a month
- Perhaps 1-10 times a year
- Less than once a year
- I never have

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

NE1 TIP O' THE MONTH
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A blog is a great way to initiate interactive conversations about faith and life on your website. It can also help your search rankings.

WEBSITE SPOTLIGHT: Creswell Christian Church – http://www.creswellchristian.org
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Creswell Christian Church is located in Bel Air, MD a bit northeast of Baltimore. Recently they asked OurChurch.Com to design a new custom website and decided on the Custom CMS Express package. The design includes Flash animation in the header. The site also helpful features like a news rotator on the homepage, a calendar, and sermon podcast. The entire site from consultation to completion took less than a month.

AWARD-WINNING WEBSITES
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- Marilyn's Inspirational Poetry - http://www.marilynspoetry.com
- Narrow Path Westerfield Family Farms - http://www.westerfieldfamilyfarms.com
- WLLM AM-1370 - http://www.wllmradio.com
- High Hill Christian Camp & Retreat Center - http://www.highhillcamp.org

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