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August 2012

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Utilizing PayPal

PayPal provides a helpful solution for collecting donations, registration fees, product payments, etc. from the web. For more than one reason, the PayPal service is usually far better than working to incorporate a full-blown e-Commerce solution into your website. A couple of those reasons are the fact that there is not set up fee (for the account needed to connect with a Finalweb Church Website), and that the company is well-recognized as a secure way of making payments. Visitors will have the option to pay with their own PayPal account, or without logging in at all. The service is reliable and has recently been updated, so here are the current steps for setting up an account.

1. Visit www.paypal.com and select the Business option at the top left.

2. Select "Get Started" under the Standard option.

3. Here there are presented two different options. You may either login with an existing personal account, so that it can be updated to become a Business Standard account, or create a new account. This demonstration will take the new account route; select this option.

4. Create the account. Provide the necessary information and agree to the terms. The last step will require you to verify your email address.

5. Verify your email and login.

6. Configure Seller Options by hovering over the "Profile" link (seen below) and clicking on "My Selling Tools."

7. Click on "Update" beside the Website preferences option.

8. Change the following options:

Auto Return - set to "ON"
Return URL - paste yours into the box. This is found in the E-Commerce Options of the Site Manager for your website. Click on "Configure E-Commerce Settings" and you will see the URL about half-way down the page.
PayPal Account Optional - ensure this is set to "ON"
Contact Telephone Number - ensure this is set to "OFF"

Save the options to finalize this configuration.

9. Copy the Identity Token for use in the E-Commerce settings of your website. This token is the long string that should appear in a box on the next screen.

10. Paste the Identity Token into the E-Commerce settings of your website. Navigate to the E-Commerce Setup.

Also, make certain the settings are set to:

Check this box to allow collection... - CHECKED
Enter your PayPal account ID... - this is the PayPal email address you entered
Enter your PayPal Identity Token... - paste Identity Token

The settings will take effect once "Save Changes" is clicked at the bottom of the screen.

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Submitting A Podcast to iTunes

An often overlooked feature of Finalweb Church Websites is that sermon audio entries are automatically added to a podcast RSS feed. Visitors can easily copy the link to this feed and then subscribe to it within any podcast application. You may, however, want to submit the podcast to iTunes so that it is searchable from with that application in particular. Here are a few steps to consider.

First, Apple has provided much information on how podcast XML should be formatted. As a Finalweb Church Website user, you don't have to worry about any of that since we have taken care of it already. The link that is generated via the "Subscribe to Podcast" button is already in the right format.

Before submitting your podcast, you may want to look through the current download library files to make sure all the information is correct. Be sure, as well, that a podcast image has been added so that it can be displayed in the iTunes application.

After copying the link to the feed RSS, just open iTunes and then navigate to the Store, or click this link to get there automatically:

iTunes: Submit a Podcast

The steps from here are simple, and you may need to wait for a few hours or days before it has been approved.

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Switching Templates

Template-based hosted websites offer many benefits to custom-developed solutions. Besides the (huge) time and cost savings in initial set setup, a good template hosting service will provide the opportunity to quickly and easily change designs at any time you might need. This is certainly true of Finalweb's Church Website builder. Here are some basic steps to help give your site a new look.

1. Determine Your Needs

Think though what kinds of content should be present on the site, and also what kinds of content should not. Evaluating the answers to those questions will provide the foundation for the site, upon which the next several steps are built.

2. Decide Upon a Functional Design

Will the site need an top menu only? Will it need a top, side and bottom menu? Will there need to be informational boxes on the homepage? Will the topbar section hold images or announcement slides? Building upon the information gathered in step one, these questions will narrow down the template selection. Different Finalweb templates provide different menu solutions, so be sure to make sure the one you want has what you need. If you have questions on it, just call our support team to find out.

3. Deploy By Making the Switch

Select the template you want and have a look. All your content remains, and if you ever need to go back to the former template you can do so by selecting that one again (you want want to  make note of which it is before switching to a new one). There may be some work to do after changing - adding some new images or changing the menus around a bit, but all the content on your pages will automatically fit into the new template.

If you get stuck on any of these, please feel free to contact our support team for assistance. If you're interested, ask about our service of going through these steps for you at a competitive hourly rate. We can save you time and be sure to get a professional-looking template configured for you with no hassles.

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Using Mail on Multiple Devices

Email must be easily accessible to promote productivity and connectivity. With so many devices running on different operating systems, using different mail clients, one can certainly find difficultly in making sure each application is configured correctly. Not only does our Church Website builder make professional websites, we also include an email solution that can be accessed from any device that you are already accustomed to using. Here is a link to some helpful information on email setup of certain devices.

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