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OurChurch.Com Webmaster Newsletter
February 2008

Design Month - Have You Got the Look?

Hello OurChurch.Com webmasters,

Which is more important good design or good content? It's a question webmasters have been debating since the beginning of the Web. We say the answer is... neither... or both. In this media-driven age, the layout, images, and colors of your website say as much about you as the text. And they get to speak first to your visitors.

We've declared February to be "Design Month" at OurChurch.Com so we could raise awareness about design issues and help web administrators improve the design of their websites. Read more about Design Month, an opportunity to win an Extreme Website Makeover, and the secret new NE1 feature that was just added today.

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) Design Month - Have You Got the Look?
2) It's Time to Move from Beacon to NE1
3) Put the Kibosh on Those Ads
4) Customize Your NE1 Site and Save $50
5) NE1 has a New WYSIWYG Editor
6) Last Chance to Choose New NE1 Templates
7) Win an Extreme Website Makeover
8) Can You Find the New Secret NE1 Feature?

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1) DESIGN MONTH - HAVE YOU GOT THE LOOK?
February is Design Month at OurChurch.Com. All month we’re providing ways for web administrators to improve the appearance and design of their websites. There's so much going on we couldn't fit them all into this newsletter, so check out the 10 Ways We'll Help you Improve Your Website.

2) IT'S TIME TO MOVE FROM BEACON TO NE1
If you're still using our old Beacon web builder to manage your website, one of the best things you can do to improve the appearance of your site is to migrate to NE1. NE1 has more than 140 brilliant templates to choose from. Plus there are slide-out/drop-down sub menus and other cool features that will make your site look great!

We put a lot of time and effort into making the transition of your website from Beacon to the NE1 Website Builder as smooth and painless as possible. We've even provided notes and video from our Migration Webinar (online seminar) for you to view if you like.

Go to your webmaster page and click the "Beacon to NE1" link at the top of the page and begin migrating today!.

3) PUT THE KIBOSH ON THOSE ADS
A very easy way to dramatically improve the appearance of your site is to take the ads off by ordering the Ad-Free Option. This month we're offering the Ad-Free Option for only $59. That's less than the regular 6-month price. But this special offer ends in just 8 days. Upgrade now.

4) CUSTOMIZE YOUR NE1 SITE AND SAVE $50
The NE1 Website Builder gives you more than 140 great templates to choose from, but why be content with a free template when for a small investment you can personalize your site. Our web designers can do anything from customizing the header of your site with your name, logo, and colors to creating a completely unique template with dynamic Flash animations. Get $50 off any NE1 customization service this month only!

5) NE1 HAS A NEW WYSIWYG EDITOR
We just had the Grand Opening for the NE1 Website Builder last month and already we're introducing improvements. Today we introduced a new WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) Editor. That's the word-processor-like interface used for editing pages. Most of the functionality is almost identical to the original editor, but you'll see some new icons. We're working to update the help pages, and should have the new editor fully documented within a few days.

6) LAST CHANCE TO CHOOSE NEW NE1 TEMPLATES
The NE1 Website Builder already includes more than 140 high-quality templates with varying themes, layouts, and colors schemes. We want to continue to improve the templates available, so every month we will create 3 new templates based on the suggestions and votes of our members.

The 7 semi-final polls ended earlier this afternoon, and the winners have been be placed into the final poll for this month. So, go vote for your favorite.

Unfortunately, not many members have voted in the template selection polls. Some of the semi-final polls have had only 4 votes placed. So, if we don't get at least 20 votes in the final poll this month, in future months we'll save ourselves the time and effort of doing polls and simply select 3 templates ourselves from your suggestions.

7) WIN AN EXTREME WEBSITE MAKEOVER!
We’ll conclude Design Month on February 29 by selecting one lucky winner to receive an Extreme Website Makeover. OCC web designers will create a unique custom template with Flash header that will blow your visitors away! Register to win today!

8) CAN YOU FIND THE SECRET NEW NE1 FEATURE?
In addition to adding a new editor to the NE1 Website Builder, we have also added a secret new feature. This feature is a module that's been added to Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Domain accounts. Technically its still in the final testing stage and we're not planning to announce it until next week, but those of you who read the newsletter and have a keen eye may be able to find and start using it early.

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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Website Spotlight
Harrison Free Will Baptist Church


Harrison Free Will Baptist Church

Harrison Free Will Baptist Church is a Bible-believing church located in southern Ohio. They have migrated their website to the NE1 Website Builder and taken advantage of many of the new features offered in NE1. The website includes the use of drop-down sub-menus, photo galleries (with slideshow), and media. Harrison Free Will Baptist Church is also makng good use of the News module.

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