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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 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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Adding Custom Scripts Site-Wide

One of the most beneficial qualities of Finalweb's Church Website builder is that the product is quite simple to use, yet also affords greatly detailed functionality if needed. A perfect illustration of this fact lies in Google Analytics code section.

This code area was designed to primarily allow for Google Analytics code to be inserted easily into every page of a website, since the block of script is inserted at the bottom of each page. Because of the site-wide nature of this information, it also affords an opportunity to add other scripts that would be beneficial on every page as well.

To modify the custom script area, just go into the Site Manager and then select "Google Analytics" from the Tools menu. If Google Analytics has not yet been enabled, press the button to enable it, or click to modify the current code. Now, be certain that the script added into this section is completely correct and not harmful to the site, or else there might be unpleasant affects to the site which could be hard to correct. If this does happen, feel free to contact our support team to figure it out.

Many widgets can be added through this means, copying and pasting code provided from other websites. Another possible function for advanced users is to interact with the current page DOM to modify layout slightly. An example of this would be to find the ID of, say, the side menu and then modify the style attribute to make the display hidden. Whatever you choose to use it for, remember to be careful and accurate.

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Use the Finalweb Menu Builder like a Pro

Finalweb's Church Website builder features an easy-to-use menu builder that also packs in more functionality than one might expect. So, here's a quick overview of some of the things that can be done to make functional and helpful menus for your church website.

Here is a starting point - just a single "Home" link on a top menu:

Adding, removing and modifying menu items is as easy as clicking and dragging. The bottom area displays a detailed list of all the available pages from which a user can chose menu items;  let's overview these categories briefly.

1. Add More Content

Many options appear within this area - so many that you'll need to scroll down to see them all. These are standard pages that are included within the Church/Ministry package to make content creation simple. Each of these pages can be clicked, dragged and then dropped to the correct location in the top area. After navigating to the link from the webpage, there will still be configuration needed to be sure the page looks correct.

2. Dynamic Pages

Here lie dynamic pages that have been created, and also a link to add a new one. Once added, just like other pages, the title can be changed to anything that you'd like. If a new dynamic page is added, once you navigate to it from the website menu there will be a default view to add text to the page. (All the other content types will still be available.)

3. Static Pages

Similar to dynamic pages, static pages are custom content pages that only provide a text area for the page. We would recommend using a dynamic page instead of a static page, in case there ever arises to need to add other functionality to the page.

4. Forums and Blogs

Any created forums or blogs will be available in these sections. The Finalweb CMS is capable of containing several different blogs and forums for dispersing information from different individuals or on different subjects.

5. Forms

In this tab are all the created forms and questionnaires that have been created. Often, a Contact Us form is useful for handling general inquires.

6. Sub-sites

If your site has sites for various ministries or if you've separated calendars using sub-sites, then all of them will appear in this list. By default, the link that is created to a sub-site is directed to the homepage of that particular sub-site. If you are wanting to have a link go directly to a sub-site's calendar, download library, blog, etc., then you will need to create a custom link by copying the address and pasting.

7. Headers / Other

This is the section where headers and custom links can be created. A header renders differently for different menus and for different templates. On a side menu, for example, a header may outline a category, whereas on a top menu it will be a link over which a visitor hovers in order to see sub-items. The External Link option provides a way to enter a custom link location from inside your website (as exemplified in the Sub-sites section) or outside your website (such as a link to In order to create an external link, you will need to either type the address correctly or paste from your clipboard.

Once an item has been dragged and released into the active menu area, you will have the option to modify information on the link, depending upon its type. Non-custom links will have a title and sub-title option, and the sub-title only appears on certain menus on certain templates so it can usually be blank. On custom links, a field for the URL will be visible. Save the link information to set the changes.

Hierarchical Menus

In order to give menus nested hierarchy, the first step is to double-click the menu item which will serve as the main item for the flyout list. The main link can still be a "live" link, pointing to another page, or can be simply a header that does not link anywhere. Once double-clicked, a new area will appear in which new items can be placed. Use existing active menu items or items from the arsenal below to fill up the submenu area until complete.

Once all menu changes are complete, click the Save Menu button to commit changes.


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Adding Google Maps

Embedding a map to your location is a fairly simple process, and can add a helpful feature to make your website more functional. Here's a quick demonstration of how to add a Google Map using the Finalweb church website builder:

First, open up Google Maps and search for your address.

Next, click the link button and copy the source code for the map. Be sure to use the HTML information that is given, not the link (unless that's all you're after).

Find the page on which you would like to place the map. If you need to create a new one, just select "Add Web Page" from the Admin Toolbar. If you are working with a dynamic page, add a new Text section, or edit an existing one. If you are on a default home page, you can just click the "Edit Front Page" button. The blank text editor looks like this:

In order to be able to paste the map data into the editor, you will first need to switch to the Source view by clicking on the "Source" button in the top left of the toolbar. Doing so will allow HTML code to be placed into the textarea. Pasting the map code, then, will look like this:

Save changes, and then you will see the map on your webpage:

NOTE: Google and other map providers also allow for customized settings on embed code. Take some time to adjust the height and width of your map, as well as other pertinent modifications that might be helpful before you copy the HTML script.

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Managing Web Content

Web browsers read content in a special coded format called HTML. While this language is fairly simple to understand, Finalweb church website customers have no need to know it in order to create content for their web pages. This is because we have provided a widely-used solution called the WYSIWYG editor. The acronym stands for "What You See Is What You Get", and refers to a product that converts content in the form of text, images, tables, lists, etc. into HTML which browsers can render correctly. This way, web users need only insert content into an easy-to-use editor to manage the information on their web pages.

This post will provide a few helpful suggestions for beset use of the WYSIWYG text editor.

First, any content section of your website will be editable via a WYSIWYG editor, and the interface will appear like the image below:

Notice that there is a plain white area for typing, and a series of function buttons in the toolbar above. We'll look at just a few of these items to get a feel for what the editor is capable of doing.

1. Source View

The source view provides a way for more advanced users to have full control over the HTML output of the section. Inside this view, HTML, CSS and Javascript code can be created, modified or pasted from external sources. A good example of adding custom code in the source is the addition of a Google Map. We've posted further details on this particular process here, if you're interested.

Clicking the "Source" button will open the source view, and clicking it again toggles back the the WYSIWYG interface. Be careful of any changes you make, because you could end up making a modification that affects the entirety of the web page.

2. Standard Formatting

After typing some text, highlight it will your mouse and select the "Format" dropdown to reveal some formatting options. These formats represent standard HTML elements that can be consistently applied to your pages. The "Heading 2" format, for example, will render the same on any page to which you add it.

3. Hyperlinks

One of the most useful features of a webpage is the use of hyperlinks. Links can point to other websites, to other pages within your site, or even to files (PDFs, Word Docs, Images, etc.). The WYSISYG editor contains a button that makes any hyperlink tasks a breeze.

Simply highlight the text (or image) which will contain the link, and then click the hyperlink button icon in the toolbar. Another window will open, containing many different options for the link. In the Link Info tab, you'll notice a few basic options for link generation. Here are the basics for three different types of links:

    A. Link to an external webpage (such as or, etc.)

    In the URL field on the Link Info tab, enter the entire string to the website. An example is "". This will create a link to some information on Finalweb's Live Streaming service.

    B. Link to a webpage within your website

    Select the dropdown box in the bottom of the Link Info tab and find a page which you've already created. A link will automatically be created to that page with no extra work. This is a very easy and quick way to create links to your pages.

    C. Link to a file

    If the file has already been uploaded to your site, you can click the "Browse Server" button on the Link Info tab and select the file from the new window. The path to the image will then appear in the URL field.

    If you have not yet added the image to your site, click the Upload tab and then the "Browse" button to bring up a window to select a file from your machine. After selecting the file, click the "Send it to the Server" button to bring the image/document to the correct location for link use. The window will then automatically open the Link Info tab with the URL to the image inserted into the URL field.

Save the changes and then your link is created.

4. Adding Images

Place the mouse cursor in the location in the text where an images should be added, and then click the Image button in the toolbar. A new window will appear with some options.

To add an image, you can either select one from the server by click the "Browse Server" button, or by clicking the Upload tab and sending a new image to the server. After the image has been inserted, you will see a preview, and some properties can then be set to the left of the Image Info tab. Changing the width or height should automatically lock to correct proportions. To modify advanced settings, click the Advanced tab to see availalbe options.

5. Tables

To add a table, click the Table button in the toolbar. In the properties tab, you'll be able to specify Rows and Columns as well as Height and Width. To make the table border not display, set the Border size property to 0, and click OK when it looks right.

Tables are very useful when attempting to have content align nicely to the left or right, or to show service times. If you have experience working with Microsoft Word, you'll find this tool similar in its use, very simple to use.

The Finished product:

We hope these instructions are helpful as you look to make the most of your website.

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Using Google Analytics

Tracking visitor trends can be a very useful functionality for your website. One of the best tools available to webmasters is the free Google Analytics service. We'll go over the few steps you'll need to take to get this set up.

First, navigate to the Google Analytics homepage to get started. If you already have a Google account, just login with it to enable analytics as a service. If you don't have a Google account, you can follow the steps to create one for free.

You'll be asked to set up the account with a name (can be something like the name of your church), and then the domain name. Select "http://" from the dropdown and then enter your domain name in the field beside. After agreeing to the Terms and Conditions everything should be ready to go.

On the next page, you will see that there are many available options. Before anything else, the tracking code needs to be added to your website. Scroll toward the bottom of the page inside the "Tracking Code" tab, and find the section underneath the "Paste this code on your site" header. Copy the code you see and then head over to your website.

Login to your site and go into the Site Manager (bottom link on the Admin Toolbar in the bottom-right after logging-in). Select the "Tools" header and then the "Google Analytics" link. You will see some instructions listed on that page (which you have already done) and a button to insert your tracking code. Click that and paste inside the textarea that appears.

After saving that information, go back to the Google Analytics page, and refresh to check the Tracking Status. Once it displays "Tracking Installed" you are all set. It may take a few days for pertinent data to be collected and appear, but you'll find it useful on many levels.

If you have any questions on setting up this service, just contact our support team for assistance.

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Stream Church Services Live!

As the internet continues to provide more and more functionality, churches must conitnually seek to find out the best ways to maximize its use for their ministry needs. One such application is live video streaming.

There are potential viewers all over the globe that could benefit from your services, and Finalweb now offers a solution that makes it possible. Finalweb Live is a complete live streaming service that extends the reach of your ministry to the ends of the Earth instantly. Former members that moved out of state or missionaries on other continents can now be encouraged to watch your services live with very little setup. This is truly a fantastic opportunity that is available to you now.

To learn more about setting up this service, watch the video below. We've provided a way for you to try the service without commitment (no credit card required). To get started, go to your Site Manager and select the "Live Streaming" quicklink.

Visit our Finalweb Live page for more detailed information and pricing.

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