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Merry Christmas! - Webmaster Newsletter - December 2010

 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:14 pm    Post subject: Merry Christmas! - Webmaster Newsletter - December 2010 Reply with quote

View this newsletter in your browser:
http://www.ourchurch.com/news/webmaster-2010-12.php

Hello OurChurch.Com webmasters,

Despite its commercialization and all the distractions, Christmas is still the time of year people are most open to God's gift to us - Jesus, and the peace and hope we find in him. We hope you, your church, or your ministry are finding ways to communicate God's grace and the Christmas story to the people in your community.

Your website can play a large role in communicating God's grace at Christmas time. It can include Christmas devotionals, information about opportunities to serve those in need, information about Christmas Eve services, and even online ticket sales/reservations for Christmas concerts. If there's anything we at OurChurch.Com can do to help, please let us know.

This month's newsletter has a bit of Christmas spirit to it as well... the Silver Bells special, two new Christmas templates, and video of a very cool Christmas performance done with iPads & iPhones.

From all of us at OurChurch.Com: we wish you a Christ-filled Christmas.

In His Service,
Paul Steinbrueck
OurChurch.Com


IN THIS ISSUE
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1) Silver Bells Special
2) Future Plans for the NE1 Web Builder
3) Blog: The Pros and Cons of Online Fundraising
4) Giveaways & Coupons on Facebook
5) Awesome Video: The North Point iBand Christmas Concert
6) Two New Christmas Templates
7) Win $50 in the Bug of the Month Contest


1) SIVLER BELLS SPECIAL
Upgrade to a year of the Silver Hosting Package and Ad-Free Option for only $218. That’s an $80 savings from the regular price. The Silver Package includes 6 GB of storage, 50 GB of bandwidth, shopping cart, calendar, eNewsletter, and more. Special ends December 31. You can upgrade an existing Free, Starter, or Bronze site, or build a new site.

http://www.ourchurch.com/edit/order2.php

2) FUTURE PLANS FOR THE NE1 WEB BUILDER
A simpler, more beautiful, remarkable NE1 Web Builder. That's our goal for 2011. We believe NE1 is already one of the better and easier to use web builders online, but we’re not content with that. We’ve got plans to improve it. Take a look at those plans, comment, and offer your suggestions to improve NE1.

http://blog.ourchurch.com/2010/12/01/silver-bells-special-and-chime-in-on-ne1-changes/

3) BLOG UPDATE - The Pros and Cons of Online Fundraising

Online giving and social media have revolutionized fundraising for charities. With online payment processors like PayPal, anyone with a credit card anywhere in the world is a potential contributor. With social media tools like Facebook and Twitter, it’s possible for a charity to gain tens of thousands of online followers. And those tens of thousands of followers have the capacity to spread the word about a campaign to millions of their followers.

But the explosion of online giving campaigns has also led to donor fatigue. We look at what this means for your church, ministry, or non-profit.

http://blog.ourchurch.com/2010/12/16/the-pros-and-cons-of-online-fundraising/

Other recent articles:

- Facebook and Twitter Help with SEO? You Bet!
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2010/12/07/facebook-and-twitter-help-with-seo-you-bet/

- What Is a Virtual Street Team?
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2010/12/08/what-is-a-virtual-street-team/

- 25 Ways to Promote Your Church's Christmas Service in Social Media
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2010/12/02/25-ways-promote-your-church-christmas-service-in-social-media/

4) GIVEAWAYS & COUPONS ON FACEBOOK
If you haven't connected with us on Facebook yet, now would be a great time. This month we're giving away some Christmas gifts and posting a coupon which you can only find on Facebook. Plus it's a great place to meet and interact with other OurChurch.Com members.

http://www.facebook.com/OurChurchDotCom

5) AWESOME VIDEO: NORTH POINT IBAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT
North Point Community Church in Atlanta is one of the most innovative churches in the U.S. Check out these Christmas songs performed with iPads and iPhones.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9XNfWNooz4

6) TWO NEW CHRISTMAS TEMPLATES
We've got two new Christmas templates for you this month. The Christmas Presents template was selected by those of you who voted on Facebook. It features a classy gold/red color combination. Holiday Joy is adorned with snowflakes and Christmas ornaments.

http://forums.ourchurch.com/viewtopic.php?t=6512

7) 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.

http://www.ourchurch.com/news/news-2010-06-17.php

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

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- 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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"I grew up with throw away kids and when I found value in my life I gave it all to Jesus. On the streets I look around and now see throw away elders." - brbruceaspgren

Sound off on our message boards - http://forums.ourchurch.com/viewtopic.php?t=6507

NEWSLETTER POLL
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How will you be celebrating Christmas?

- Having family/friends over to my house.
- Going to family/friend`s house.
- Celebrating with just my immediate family.
- I don`t celebrate Christmas.

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

NE1 TIP O' THE MONTH
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Got some suggestions for how we could improve the NE1 Web Builder? Share them here:
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2010/12/01/silver-bells-special-and-chime-in-on-ne1-changes/

WEBSITE SPOTLIGHT: God’s Word to the Nation - http://www.godsword.org
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God’s Word to the Nation is the founder and creator of the “God’s Word” translation of the Bible, which was introduced in 1995. Their website has the entire history of their translation if you would like more information about that.

God’s Word to the Nation just recently “upgraded” their website to the newest version of OurChurch.Com’s Custom Website packages - http://www.ourchurch.com/design/ There may not be much of a difference as far as the outside appearance of their site is concerned, but the new administrative interface that their webmaster uses on a day to day basis has definitely made things a lot easier to manage. They also hired OurChurch.Com to update their logo throughout their website.

Go visit their website and make sure you check out some of the personalized bibles they have. They make great gifts! Wink


AWARD-WINNING WEBSITES
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- The Sharon Baptist Church - http://www.thesharonbaptistchurch.com/
- Cardiff Canton Salvation Army - http://www.cantonsa.com/
- Christian Budget Coaching Associates - http://www.christianbudgetcoaching.com/
- Union Association of General Baptists - http://www.uagb.org/

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