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OurChurch.Com Webmaster Newsletter
February 2007

Blogs Month

Hello OurChurch.Com webmasters,

Happy Valentine's Day to you! We have a lot of things going on at OCC these days you'll want to get up to speed on, so I'll cut the intro short and let you get right to the meat of the newsletter.

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) Blogs Month
2) Don't Be Left in the Cold - Bundle Up!
3) Awesome Websites for Christian Musicians
4) What Do you Want in a School Website?
5) Improved Spam Filtering for Beacon
6) Co-Registration Opportunities

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1) BLOGS MONTH
February is Blogs Month at OurChurch.Com. All this month we're focusing on helping businesses, ministries, and individuals develop, improve, and promote blogs. A blog is one of the best ways to attract new visitors and links to your website. Join us as we discuss blogs in our forums. Read articles in our Christian Web Trends blog about blogging such as How to Start a Blog and Who, Me? Blog? If you publish a blog, give it some extra publicity by sending a link to our help desk, and we'll post that link on the Blogs Month page like we have for these blogs:

2) DON'T BE LEFT IN THE COLD - BUNDLE UP!
OurChurch.Com is the only Christian website services company that provides web design, hosting, search marketing, and advertising services. We've created five Website Service Bundles that include popular combinations of those services at a substantial discount. Right now we're offering an additional $50 to $100 off each bundle if you make your purchase this month. Total savings range from $120 to $799. To order your bundle, go to your webmaster page and click the "Order and Renew Premium Options" link.

3) AWESOME WEBSITES FOR CHRISTIAN MUSICIANS
Last week OCC introduced a new specialized version of its Custom CMS Express web design service for Christian musicians. If you're a soloist or in a Christian band or Gospel group, OCC can develop a custom website with all the music-related features to help take your ministry to the next level including:
  • Discography/music gallery
  • MP3 player
  • Gig calendar with venue information
  • Booking request form
  • Photo Album to showcase gigs, concerts, promotional events
  • Blog for journaling about what you or your band is up to
  • A full-featured shopping cart, which can facilitate the sale of CDs, shirts, other merchandise, and even music, downloads.
  • And much more!
For more information check out the Custom CMS Express for Musicians page.

4) WHAT DO YOU WANT IN A SCHOOL WEBSITE?
OCC has already developed Custom CMS Express versions for churches, businesses, and musicians. Now we're beginning development of a Custom CMS Express for Schools, and you have the opportunity to help shape that development. If you're a teacher, principal, administrator, parent, or student let us know what functionality you would love to see in a school website. How about online tuition payment? Field trip sign-up? Homework assignments for every class? What else? Even if you don't anticipate your school purchasing this service, we would love to see your suggestions in this forum discussion.

5) IMPROVED SPAM FILTERING
Spammers had found ways to circumvent the filters in place for the guestbook, prayer request page, and information request form. We have modified the filters to prevent that as well as added filtering to the Email Us form and newsletter subscription page. You may still receive some junk messages, but there should be fewer of them. We encourage you to forward any junk messages to our help desk so we can block the sender.

6) CO-REGISTRATION OPPORTUNITIES
OurChurch.Com is partnering with a company that helps to connect people with organizations that provide the products and services they're interested in. The first time you login to your webmaster page after this program has been implemented, you will be taken to a similar form where you can check boxes to indicate an interest in certain products and services. To minimize any inconvenience you will only be taken to the form one time. More details are available in the co-registration opportunities forum topic.

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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Overheard...

"I find since I have been blogging I have had more hits on my website as well. On the downside most comments are spam and I wind up having to delete them. It also keeps me on my toes as I try to get at least four post a month up on my blog. Check out my blog and let me know what you think."

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Blogging is a great way to share insight with others and as a byproduct often increases the website's inbound links, visitors, and credibility.
Website Spotlight
Maryland Women of Worship


Maryland Women of Worship

Maryland Women of Worship is a ministry that offers hope and encouragement to women going through difficult times. The ministry is based in Maryland, but it exists to serve women of all ages and in all locations. The ministry's website is quite new and is still being developed, but we decided to feature it because the ministry also has a blog created and hosted at wordpress.com. You can visit Maryland Women of Worship blog at http://wstreet.wordpress.com









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