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|Posted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:22 am Post subject: Thank You! - Webmaster Newsletter - November 2010
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Hello OurChurch.Com webmasters,
Gratitude is a powerful thing.
An ungrateful person focuses on what they don't have and is unhappy, discontent, and reluctant to help others. But a grateful person is happy, content, and generous.
All month leading up to Thanksgiving we are expressing our gratitude and encourage others to do likewise. You'll see gratitude express in the quotes & videos we post to Twitter and Facebook, in the notes we're posting to clients in our forums, and in our blog posts.
So, as you might expect, this month's newsletter is also filled with gratitude as well. The two big ones are the 2-day Thanksgiving Sale which ends today and the Thanks a Million campaign. But you'll also find a new fall template and an inspiring Thanksgiving video.
In His Service,
IN THIS ISSUE
1) Last Day to Save 25% on Everything
2) Thanks a Million: Post a Thank You Note, Help Feed a Family
3) Blog: What's Under the Hood at Your Web Host?
4) Beta Testers Needed for Mobile NE1
5) Inspirational Video: The Christian Origins of Thanksgiving
6) Phasing out the Beacon Web Builder
7) Fall Walk & 2 New Baby Templates
Win $50 in the Bug of the Month Contest
1) LAST DAY TO SAVE 25% ON EVERYTHING
To express our gratitude to everyone we serve (and anyone who wants to jump on board with us now), OurChurch.Com is offering 25% savings on all services until 11:59 PM Eastern Time tonight (Thu Nov 1.
Save 25% on all web hosting packages, web design services, search engine marketing services, and advertising. Save 25% on all new services ordered, upgrades, and renewals.
Want to give your website a new design that embodies the culture and character of your organization? Want your site to appear at the top of the search results? Want to save time and money in 2011 replacing paper newsletters and sign-up sheets with eNewsletters and online event registration? Order here.
2) THANKS A MILLION: POST A THANK YOU NOTE, HELP FEED A FAMILY
Looking for a creative, meaningful way to express your gratitude to someone? Instead of buying a greeting card they’ll throw away or another trinket they don’t need, post a “thank you” note on the Thanks a Million website.
For as little as $4 you can post a thank you note to someone you appreciate, and all the money goes to Angel Food Ministries, a Christian charity that partners with local churches to make low-cost meals available to people in need.
3) BLOG UPDATE - What's Under the Hood at Your Web Host?
As part of our effort to continually improve our services, OurChurch.Com has just completed a company-wide upgrade to its infrastructure. As of November 15, 2010, OurChurch.Com is being hosted on all Xeon-grade performance server hardware with ECC registered RAM in all servers for reliability and performance.
The Xeon brand of computer microprocessors are manufactured by Intel to support the high demands and fast outputs necessary for web server environments like OurChurch.Com has. The Xeon processor line brings significant advantages over its desktop counterparts. The multiprocessor and multi core features of the Xeon line make pages load faster, uploads and downloads to our servers faster, and database operations faster.
OurChurch.Com has partnered with WiredTree to deliver a custom designed solution to meet OurChurch.Com's specific needs and requirements. The all Xeon hardware provided by WiredTree will increase server durability and result in fewer service unavailability periods.
Other recent articles:
- 9 Bloggers I’m Thankful For
- Should You Unfriend your Spouse on Facebook?
- 10 Creative Ways to Express Your Gratitude to Someone Online
4) BETA TESTERS NEEDED FOR MOBILE NE1
OurChurch.com is looking for some volunteers to test an exciting new feature that we are developing for our member sites. We'd like to create a mobile version of your website in exchange for your comments about how it works and looks. While it is already possible to view your website on any web-enabled phone or portable device, a version of your site that is specifically optimized for mobile use can truly enhance your reach to people in all situations and locations.
To volunteer, you must have a Gold, Silver or Bronze hosting package and use our NE1 Web Builder for your site. We will create the mobile version of your site and then ask you to fill out a short survey regarding the site's usefulness, looks, and convenience. We're looking for 16 volunteers - first come, first served! Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know that you are "ready to go mobile!"
5) INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO: THE CHRISTIAN ORIGINS OF THANKSGIVING
You probably already know the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the pilgrims, a group of people who sailed to America seeking religious freedom. Here's a great video you can share with your friends and post to your website to reinforce the Christian origins of the Thanksgiving holiday.
6) PHASING OUT BEACON WEB BUILDER
As announced last month, we are phasing our old Beacon Web Builder. November 30, 2010 is the last day we will provide support for Beacon sites except to help with migrating to the NE1 Web Builder. January 31, 2011 Beacon will shut down for good. All free Beacon sites will be canceled and all Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Starter package accounts with Beacon will be migrated to NE1. For instructions and held with migrating from Beacon to NE1, see the full announcement.
7) FALL WALK & 2 NEW BABY TEMPLATES
We've got 3 new NE1 templates this month. Fall Walk features a header pic of a tree-lined walkway in autumn. The image was selected by our Facebook fans. We've got 2 baby templates - one blue and one pink - which could be used for a birth announcement, journaling an infant's growth, or a ministry for new moms.
WIN $50 IN THE BUG OF THE MONTH CONTEST
To make everyone's experience on the OurChurch.Com website even better, we've giving away $50 every month to someone who reports a misspelling, grammatical error, dead link, or other problem in a "Bug of the Month" contest. Each bug you report will give you an entry into a monthly drawing we'll do for $50 towards OCC services. The more bugs you report, the better your chances to win. Congrats to Brian Burkhart who won this month's $50.
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How will you be celebrating Thanksgiving?
- Having family/friends over to my house.
- Going to family/friend`s house.
- Celebrating with just my immediate family.
- I don`t celebrate Thanksgiving.
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Give your website a holiday feel. Switch to one of the many fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or winter templates during the holidays - all available for no extra cost.
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Heritage United Methodist Church of Clearwater, FL is a multi-generational community of believers in the United Methodist tradition growing together under the leadership of Jesus Christ.
The student ministry at Heritage United Methodist church hired OurChurch.Com to create a unique design template (http://www.ourchurch.com/design/) for their section on the Heritage UMC site. They wanted to include their own logo and different pictures from Youth events. They also wanted to pattern the design after the main Heritage UMC site, which OurChurch.Com designed earlier, but change the colors to a darker "earthy" feel.
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