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OurChurch.Com Webmaster Newsletter
March 2008

Photo Month - The Power of Pics

Hello OurChurch.Com webmasters,

Easter greetings! We hope you're having a meaningful Holy Week, and that you're making preparations to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus both personally and within your church or ministry.

March is Photo Month at OurChurch.Com. We're focusing our attention on helping you make better use of pictures on your websites. In particular, you'll want to take advantage of the free training webinar available tomorrow (details below) and the special discount if you upgrade to the Bronze package this month. Plus check out the screenshots of the new NE1 templates on the right side of the newsletter. Happy imaging!

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.

1) Create Photo Galleries with the Bronze Package
2) Free Training Webinar - Tomorrow
3) Learn the Power of Pictures
4) Christian Photo Contest - $700 of Cash Prizes
5) NE1 Photo Gallery Contest
6) See the New NE1 Templates
7) Support Email Delay
8) Check out Karl's Wacky Pics

Newsletter sponsorship

One of the great new features in the NE1 Website Builder is the photo gallery with slideshow. (Check out this sample gallery.) The photo gallery module comes at no extra cost with the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze hosting packages. We want to see more sites using this module, so during Photo Month you can upgrade and get a year of the Bronze package for only $99. (Thatís only $9 more than the 6 month price.) Or upgrade to the Bronze package and Ad-Free Option for only $179. Thatís $1 less than the 6-month price!

This special offer is only available during March and only available to NE1 websites currently with free or domain packages.

Did you know you can crop, rotate, and resize images online with NE1? Do you know how to insert images into your web pages and make the text wrap around them? Do you know how to create photo slideshows? Get valuable training on using photos in the NE1 Website Builder absolutely free in the Photo Webinar (online seminar) tomorrow, Thursday March 20, at 1:00 PM Eastern time. Reserve your spot now!

When people surf the web they move quickly from one site to the next. Whether a person stays on your site for a while or just clicks on to the next site is usually an intuitive decision made in seconds. Images can have a powerful influence on that decision. Learn how you can use images to engage your visitors and keep them on your site by reading our recent series of blog articles.

OurChurch.Com is awarding $700 in cash prizes as a part of its first Christian Photo Contest. The photo contest is an effort to highlight the work of photographers who give us a glimpse into the glory of God through the art of photography. Entries must be received by Monday March 24. For more details, see the photo contest page.

In a effort to recognize those organizations that are making great use of the NE1 Photo Gallery module, weíre holding a Photo Gallery Contest. Everyone who submits a gallery for consideration gets a free link (which may help search engine rankings) and one winner will receive a free Flash header. Check out the NE1 Contests page for details.

We've created 3 new NE1 templates based on your suggestions and votes in February. See screenshots of the new template on the right side of the newsletter. Due to lower participation in the template voting, we will no longer be doing polls to select new templates each month, but we will continue to create at least 3 new templates each month, and screenshots of the new templates will be a regular feature in each month's webmaster newsletter as well as posted in our forums.

We discovered a technical problem this morning that prevented several hundred email messages sent to support(at) in the last week from being read into our help desk until this morning. If you sent a message in the 8 days but did not receive a "help desk ticket created" reply until this morning, we apologize for the delay and want to assure you that you will receive help very soon. Because of the large influx of support messages this morning, response times will be a little slower than usual today. Thanks for your patience.

Take a 5 minute break in the Humor Forum for the caption contest. Each day Karl is posting an unusual picture and then we all see who can reply with the funniest caption. Check out the Caption Contest Gallery for all the pics and best captions.

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

In His Service,


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PowerPoints Challenge Info

"Why do have 'Website Created' and then underneath it, it says, 'Website under construction, please check back later?'"

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NE1 Tip o' the Month

Use the NE1 gallery module to show slideshows of pictures from recent events. The gallery module is available in Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze accounts.
Website Spotlight
Wings as Eagles Ministries

Wings as Eagles Ministries

Wings As Eagles Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational evangelical ministry and relief organization to the First Nations people in Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota. WAEM seeks to provide for both physical and spiritual needs. OurChurch.Com recently completed a Custom CMS Express site for Wings As Eagles which features a custom template, media gallery, eNewsletter, and shopping cart. The new WAEM website is a great example of a site that instantly connects with visitors through the image slideshow on the homepage.
New NE1 Templates

Sunrise template

Stained glass on black template
Stained glass on black

Patriotic USA template
Patriotic USA

New NE1 templates are created each month and posted in our forums. All NE1 templates can be viewed in the gallery.

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