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OurChurch.Com Webmaster Newsletter
December 2006

Video Month

Hello OurChurch.Com webmasters,

December is Video Month at OurChurch.Com. With the prevalence of broadband Internet connections and explosion in media sharing sites this past year online video has finally gone mainstream. Yet, the vast majority of websites still do not have video content. That presents a great opportunity to develop a website that really stand out from the rest with video. In this month's newsletter, we'll talk about that opportunity and more.

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) Video Is Gold
2) Protect Your Identity and Visitors
3) Upload Large Files Easier
4) Video, Video, and More Video
5) Decorate Your Website for Christmas

Website video the easy way. Learn how in less than 2 hours

1) VIDEO IS GOLD
One of the things that hinders people from putting video on their websites is the amount of disk space video files require. To help with that, we're offering a discount to help folks upgrade to the Gold package, which has 800 MB of disk space. During the month of December, you can get the a year of the Gold package and Ad-free option together for just $299. That's a savings of $181, or 38% off the regular cost.

2) PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY AND VISITORS
Say you manage a church website that has the domain name ChristianChurch.org. You donít want some porn site to register ChristianChurch.com and expose people to porn who accidentally type in the wrong domain name. So, to protect your organization and your visitors, itís a good idea to register the .com, .org, .net and .us domain names and have them all point to your website.

OurChurch.Com has cut the price of the Domain Alias add-on service in half, from $40 to $20. The domain alias service enables a website that already has a primary domain name to add additional domain names. This is particularly valuable for organizations that want to protect their identity and their visitors by acquiring domain names with other top-level extensions (.org, .com, .net, etc). For more details, please read the full announcement.

3) UPLOAD LARGE FILES EASIER
OurChurch.Com recently added a new "Upload Large Files (FTP)" link to the webmaster page of Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. This link makes it easier than ever to upload large audio and video files into a premium hosting account. FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, allows you to upload files of any size. Most people download and install an FTP program to transfer large files, but there is an easier way. If you use a Windows-based PC and the Internet Explorer browser, clicking this link will open up a Windows Explorer window directly to your view/uploads folder. There you can drag and drop files from your PC directly into your uploads folder. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

4) VIDEO, VIDEO, and MORE VIDEO
As mentioned at the top of the newsletter, this is Video Month at OurChurch.Com. In addition to the special Gold/Ad-free offer, we have lots of other opportunities regarding online video. They are similar to what we've done in past focus months, so you can read more about each by clicking the link:

5) DECORATE YOUR WEBSITE FOR CHRISTMAS
'Tis the season to decorate for Christmas. So, we thought we'd remind you that OurChurch.Com has lots of Christmas templates available in our Beacon web builder. You can switch your entire site to a Christmas template in less than a minute. Just click the "Edit Colors and Graphics" link on your webmaster page.

Thanks for hosting your website at OurChurch.Com. We wish you a blessed Christmas season and hope you experience Jesus in a whole new way this Christmas. Please post comments and questions concerning this newsletter in our forums.

In His Service,
OurChurch.Com

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Conyers Church of God


Conyers Church of God

Conyers Church of God is a mid-sized church just east of Atlanta that has been using OurChurch.Com's website services for more than five years. In addition to the typical church website features such as announcements, staff, photos, and a calendar, Conyers C.O.G. is also making use of more advanced features to further its ministries including audio and video.

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