A quick notice that all Faithwebsites and DIS websites will experience a brief outage at approximately 10:00 pm Central Standard Time. The outage is expected to be 10 to 20 minutes in duration. We are upgrading our servers and technology in order to continue providing excellent service, including our 99% average up-time record! We apologize for any inconvenience; if you have concerns, please contact us via your Support Center.
A new tool that we introduced early this year is our online Signup Sheets, which works in tandem with the Members Database. And it’s recently been the very solution that many of our customers have needed!
The Signup Tool does exactly what the name implies – allows you to build an online signup sheet for any type of event or function. Think of this as the web based replacement of the standard clipboard in your lobby or office! Now you can let users sign up at their own convenience, and all your entries will be organized with printable sheets available too!
Here’s just a small list of ideas to get you started:
- Volunteers needed for any event or function – think of fundraisers, Christmas programs, church / community outreach dinners, etc.
- Nursery or child care
- Baked goods or food items needed for an event/food pantry/outreach
- Parents sign-up for supplies in the classroom
- Any type of specific need or time duration sign-up!
This tool is added to any web page on your site, and with properties that allow you to control how users sign up and what information can be publicly viewed, the tool can be used for many purposes. The properties allow you to show the names of those signed up on your website, or just that the entry is filled. Remember that you can always place this on a password secured, or members only page if you wish to have the page less visible to all users.
To get started, you do need to have your Members Database built, which is required since the tool has the ability to send out reminder emails to those that signup.
Go to your Navigation Builder Home, and navigate to the page you want to add the signup sheet to. Click Main Body and then select Signup Tool from the drop down menu and add it to the page. Setup your properties (you can always go back and edit the properties later).
Next, start building your date(s) and groupings. Your final step would be to create the Setup Entries, which are the actual fields that people will signup for. You can make this as general or specific as you need to. A simple, generic example of a signup sheet can be viewed here.
If you have questions or need further support, we are only a support ticket away! Let us know how we can help you.
Dynamic Internet Solutions and Faithwebsites User Interface – Upgrade Project
Our team is committed to making improvements and updates in our Content Management System (CMS) and that begins with a brand new administrative graphical user interface (or GUI). This project is already underway and will improve how you manage, build and update your website. The first phase of the GUI project is the user interface admins log into for editing their website. This phase is tentatively scheduled for a February 2013 release date.
Phase one will include easier drop down navigation, menu selectors, more pre-populated fields, tabbed organization to help you focus on the basics, yet easily access the advanced settings when needed. The largest improvement will be the overall organization and ease of access across the entire system. Additional improvements will be in the setup of database tools, how tools are added and file management.
We value your business and appreciate your loyalty to our services; this is a large undertaking for DIS/FWS, yet we are very committed to achieving our timeline and bringing you an easier to use, updated interface for your website. Please be assured that these changes will, in no way, affect your live website. All the changes will be applied to the admin interface only.
Our team is excited about this project and would love to hear any feedback or questions you may have. We value your input and it may give us some insight for continued or future developments! Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you interested in an online apparel store for your church or school?
At Faithwebsites, we were recently approached by a Christian-based company that specializes in apparel and other promotional items for Christian schools and churches. If you were to utilize these services, a FREE online store would be set up for your ministry containing the products and colors that you choose.
Then, your ministry members would be able to purchase logo apparel and other products off this site in individual quantities and have them delivered right to their door. This service would also allow your ministry to collect a percent of each of these sales as an easy fundraiser.
At this point, we are not prepared to offer this service to all our clients as a Faithwebsites endorsed service. Instead, we are looking for a handful of our clients to beta test this service and provide us with valuable feedback on how well this tool would work for all our clients.
If you are interested in trying this service out for your ministry, please email email@example.com.
There was a big cheer when Facebook rolled out the ability to schedule posts this past June. Sites like HootSuite, MailChimp and many more had already been providing scheduling tools for admins, and it was met with remarkable success. It’s no wonder – we’re all busy, and with a long to-do list. Scheduling tools give you the ability to manage when and how you work on your content updates.
Did you know that Faithwebsites provides – and has for many years – scheduling tools too? Yes! Many of our most popular content tools in the CMS provide the ability to schedule when that content will be “active” (or live) and/or when you want to make content “inactive” – or pulling it from the live version of the web page.
Website content can differ from social media content in that some content has a limited life-span. For example, a webpage promoting a special event should be removed after the event. So Faithwebsites CMS tools offer the ability to turn off content, not just to schedule when the content is visible.
Some examples of where scheduling is available:
- An entire web page
- Any individual tool on a page (really – all of the main body tools, including text editor, photo gallery, resource/news, and more!)
- Individual items within the news/resource tool
Think of the flexibility! You can build your content ahead of time – for example, volunteer sign up sheets for an upcoming event, and have it scheduled to go live on your website at the time of the announcement.
Or, build your content and go-live immediately, and then have it scheduled to become inactive at a specific date. No worries about “old” content hanging out on your website.
To access the scheduling feature on a webpage, while in the Navigation Builder, click the Update link for the page, and then click Advanced Settings. To access scheduling for any individual tool, first click Main Body for that page, and then find the tool. Next, click the Edit link under the Tool Heading area. (see screenshot below.) If you would like more information or assistance on using the scheduling tools, please contact support!
Our mission here at Dynamic Internet Solutions and Faithwebsites is simple: help ministries, Christian Schools and churches have great websites. And church plants are no exception, in fact, we recognize that they need a strong website solution up and running quickly.
Faithwebsites offers 3 product lines to meet the various needs of ministries, schools and churches. And, starting this week – we now offer reduced pricing for church plants and one-person ministries! If you are starting a church or ministry – contact sales today for more information on our special pricing. We’d love to hear from you.
You may start to notice that we’re getting a new look around here – we’ve updated our Faithwebsites logo and will be working on updating our website later this year. Today, we’re excited to introduce our new logo to you – the symbol of faith with a stronger and more modern look that better represents who we are!
If you see this logo on a few things – don’t worry – it’s still the same great people, products and service you have come to know and trust. We are blessed with how many years some of our customers have been with us and realize that a new logo could be cause for alarm! There has been no change in our company or the people within our company; we will just have a new look.
Our new logo better represents us in today’s market and technologies… yet our mission has not changed. We are here to help Churches, Christian Schools and Ministries build great websites!
If you’re following us on Facebook, then you know it’s coming – mobile websites for your current FWS or DIS site!
Here’s a sneak preview of what our product will offer:
- Instant. What do we mean by “instant”? You can mobilize your site in seconds. Yes, the domain work and the setup work has to be done first – but, don’t worry – we’ll help you out with that. The actual work of taking your existing website and making it into a mobile site takes only a moment.
- Maintain Only One Website. Most of our customers already have enough work just to keep one site updated – so we made sure our product has content and design updates that feed from your current site. Do a job once – get it out to both sites.
- Customize Options – At Your Fingertips. Some of you are going to want more – no standard cookie-cutter mobile site for you! If you fall into this group, you are going to love the easy template options and ability to customize your mobile site navigation and more. Don’t like what you see on your phone after you customize? Just go right back in and click another template – it’s that easy!
- As always, our Faithwebsites support team will be here to help you through the setup and any questions you have.
This product is scheduled for release in May 2012, and is available only for existing Faithwebsites and DIS customers. There will be a one-time setup fee and a small monthly service fee. Please start a new support ticket or contact support if you would like more information.