OurChurch.Com Webmaster Newsletter - November 2005
OurChurch.Com Webmaster Newsletter
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Search, Weather, & More Coming to Your Site

Hello OurChurch.Com webmasters,

Please post comments and questions concerning this newsletter in our forums. You can also view this message on the web with color and graphics in our newsletter archives.

IN THIS ISSUE
1) Important Password Security Update
2) 1,000 Visitors, No Minimum Bid, Less than 24 Hours
3) Search, Weather, & More Coming to Your Site
4) Private Message Spam


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1) IMPORTANT PASSWORD SECURITY UPDATE
As part of our ongoing efforts to make OurChurch.Com the safest web hosting service online, we have upgraded our user registration software to require more secure passwords. The upgrade prevents users from setting their password to their username and requires at least one number and at least one letter in each password. If your password matches your username or it is all numbers or all letters, please login to your Webmaster page and click the "Edit Contact Info" link to update your password right away.

We will begin automatically resetting passwords that do not meet this new security requirement next week.

2) 1,000 VISITORS, NO MINIMUM BID, LESS THAN 24 HOURS
In the past, weve auctioned banner ads that normally sell for $250 starting at 60% off by setting a minimum bid of $100. This month we are doing something unprecedented auctioning banner advertising with NO MINIMUM BID. You can purchase 50,000 banner ads which will bring up to 1,000 new visitors to your site for next to nothing.

This is a one-time event just in time for the Christmas season. If youve ever said to yourself, Id like more people to visit my site, but Im not sure if banner advertising will help, there will never be a better opportunity to see first hand what advertising on OurChurch.Com and our network of 7,000 sites can do for you. The auction ends Wednesday November 16 at 1:00 PM EDT - in less than 24 hours - so get your bids in ASAP.

3) SEARCH, WEATHER, & MORE COMING TO YOUR SITE
Later this afternoon, OurChurch.Com will be rolling out a brand new "Site Tools" addition to our Beacon web builder. "Site Tools" puts Christian search, web search, Bible search, local weather, Verse a Day, and a translator right on your website. These tools will make your site even more useful to visitors and keep them coming back.

By default, the Site Tools will be displayed with the Christian search, web search, Verse a Day, Bible search, and translator. You can disable any of these tools individually or disable all the Site Tools using the new "Edit Site Tools" option on your Webmaster page. You can add the local weather feature by entering your city and state into the form. You can even add your own custom tool and organize the tools in whatever order you like.

4) PRIVATE MESSAGE SPAM
One of the features of the OurChurch.Com Christian Forums is private messaging. This enables any OCC user to send a private message to any other OCC user even though they don't know the user's email address. While this is a great feature which OCC webmasters can use to communicate with each other, it can also be abused. A spammer could register an OCC username and send private messages to other OCC users. The potential for abuse, however, is quite limited as a spammer would have to send one message at a time, which is time-consuming and inefficient, and we will permanently ban the user within minutes of being notified. If you receive any messages you suspect are spam or a scam, please forward them to us so we can take appropriate action.

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

In His Service,
OurChurch.Com

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Check out the new Site Tools on your website. Configure them using the "Edit Site Tools" option on your webmaster page.
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Circle G Tractor Sales

Circle G Tractor Sales, Inc. is located in Lamar, Mississippi, just outside of Memphis and sells affordable Jinma tractors as well as tractor parts and accessories. Their website features pricing information and pictures. It's hosted using our Domain Package and the ad-free option. Circle G Tractors has increased their business tremendously using our Guaranteed Top Search Ranking service. If you Google "Jinma tractors" or "affordable tractors" you'll find their site listed #3 and #6 in the results respectively.
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