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OurChurch.Com Webmaster Newsletter
November 2006

E-commerce Month

Hello OurChurch.Com webmasters,

November is E-commerce Month at OurChurch.Com. All this month we're focused on helping businesses and ministries better understand e-commerce issues and implement e-commerce solutions more effectively. If you've been sitting on the sidelines because you're not sure if e-commerce is for you or how to add e-commerce capabilities, some of the items discussed in this month's newsletter can help you overcome those hurdles.

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) Custom CMS Express for Business
2) Upgrade Specials
3) Free Links for E-commerce Sites
4) Another Free iPod Nano Giveaway
5) E-commerce Blogging
6) E-commerce Questions Asked and Answers

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1) THE BUSINESS WEBSITE YOU'VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF
Earlier this month OurChurch.Com introduced the Custom CMS Express for Business service. This new service provides businesses with a customized, interactive website in weeks rather than months and at a fraction of the cost of most website development services. The client selects the design and features it wants. OurChurch.Com then installs a professional, interactive CMS, configures it with the features selected, develops a unique design to the company’s specifications, and provides extensive phone training so the client is fully able to update and maintain their new website on their own. Custom CMS Express sites start as low as $998. That's why we call it the business website you've always dreamed of!

If you act now, we can still create a new a brand new custom site for you in time for the new year. For more information visit the Custom CMS Express for Business web page. You can see both e-commerce and corporate sites in our newly updated portfolio.

2) UPGRADE SPECIALS
If you want to have any hope of running a successful e-commerce site even if your just hoping to generate a little extra income for yourself, your business, or your ministry, at the very least you need to have your own domain name, which comes free with any premium hosting package at OurChurch.Com. And really you should have Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Bronze account so you can add a real shopping cart and the Ad-Free option. OCC understands that no single hosting package is the perfect fit for every organization, so this month we're offering half off the second year when you upgrade to any hosting package or the Ad-free option..

3) FREE LINKS FOR E-COMMERCE SITES
We want to recognize and reward those sites that have e-commerce functionality by including a link to them in our list of featured e-commerce sites. To see if your site qualifies and find out how to apply, please read the E-commerce Month page.

4) ANOTHER FREE IPOD NANO GIVEAWAY
In addition to adding a link to your site, OurChurch.Com will also enter you in a drawing for a free iPod Nano. The 1 GB iPod Nano holds about 250 songs or 15,000 photos, weighs less than 2 ounces, and is valued at $150. For eligibility requirements see the E-commerce Month page, and notify us through the help desk by November 30, 2006. The drawing will be held December 1, 2006 and the winners name will be disclosed in an announcement later that day.

5) E-COMMERCE BLOGGING
We are also turning our attention to e-commerce in our Christian Web Trends Blog this month. Last week Mark wrote a great article entitled The Who and Why of E-commerce? This week we followed that up with an insightful interview of a successful e-commerce site owner. If you have an e-commerce site or are considering e-commerce, you don't want to miss out on these blog articles.

5) E-COMMERCE QUESTIONS ASKED AND ANSWERED
We’ve started a discussion in our forums for e-commerce sites so we can hear more about what you need to e-commerce into your website and to exchange ideas with each other. What are the biggest challenges you face? What topics would you like to read more about? What insight do you have to share with other e-commerce webmasters? Join the conversation.

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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LinDAvid Enterprises


LinDAvid Enterprises

LinDAvid Enterprises offers 160 different Christian products for sale on their site. Items range from apparel to art, Bibles to baby clothes, and much more. Their site his hosted in a Bronze account with the e-commerece functionality provided using CubeCart, a free shopping cart that can be installed in a Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Bronze account with just a few clicks.

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