CatholicSpeaker.com

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Ken Yasinski with Face 2 Face Ministries is launching a new site focused on his speaking, conference facilitation, and retreat leading.

CatholicSpeaker.com needed to focus on the options, career and availability of Ken.

Ken wanted the site to be clean, and minimal, but stylized to his preferences. Ken’s site was created with a custom template for Joomla 3.x . Ken wanted to be able update the site himself, without needing to use an dedicated desktop editor. All of his updates are done online, from where ever he is.

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Youtube videos, instagram, tweeter, and social feeds are all integrated. Ken’s site was launched within 8 weeks from start to finish.catholicspeaker-czoon

 

Thank you for working with me Ken.

Parish website. Online. Giving options

Online giving for churches

Your parish is just starting out, but you want to have online giving. Parish online giving is a great option to add for small projects that need attention.

Do you already have electronic giving?

If you already have a pre-authorized system in place it may benefit you to have online giving added to it, talk to your pre-authroized giving partner (usually your bank). They may have something already integrated into their system that you can connect with.

Why do you need online giving for your parish or ministry? [Read more…]

How To Choose a Web Host for your Parish

If your parish has a website (and you really do need one) you need to have web hosting. Web hosting is basically where your website lives, it’s a server, it just serves out your site to whomever comes to it.

Web hosts vary in size and quality, there are a number of thing you should be looking for:

Support.

If your site is inaccessible, or you have been hacked, or your email isn’t working. Is there 24 hour support that you can email, what about call, or live chat with.

Data capabilities

If you already have a site, and you have a lot of content, do they have the size for you, or room to expand, if you expand will it mean you has to leave them?

If you don’t already have a website (agin, you really, really need one), she. You will need to guess at what you will need. Take into account that most hosts will also include your email boxes in their total storage available. For example, if you have 10 x 1 GB email accounts, then you will need 10 GB plus what you need for storing your site.

Uptime

Check in on a hosts uptime, usually it is front and center. If not, look for one that does.

Storage and Bandwidth

Are you storing original sized photos, and lots of he video, the you will need both bandwidth (the pipe) and the space (the sink) to host all of that. I usually recommend that churches host small and place their heavy content on shareable services like YouTube, Vimeo, audiofile, these services would continue to have your content available even if you switch services or your server goes down.

Varial Hosting based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan has it’s servers in Canada, and their plans are a great starting point. I have used Varial on many occasions for hosting clients websites. They really have been around for ever.

Location

If you are in Canada, keep your data in Canada. It will usually mean that you have to pay a bit of premium, but if your data needs to have privacy keep in here. Simplified, American laws allows for any data on an American server to be taken and duplicated without your permission or knowledge.

If you are in the US, keep this in mind as well.

Costs

Cheap is not the best judge of character. Starting from three dollars to higher priced packages. Look at quality vs discount prices.

Again, Varial Hosting is really a great option for your church to get going on your first website.

Shared or dedicated.

A shared server means that your data is hosted on the same server as a few or many other businesses, sometimes it can be in the 1000s of other websites. You are all separate, but on the same server. Usually this is cheaper, but other clients can degrade the speed of the server, or even take it offline. However, unless you have a lot of e-commerce going on, this option is perfect for parish websites, it is low-cost, and pretty reliable performance.

I recommend and have worked with multiple clients on Varial Hosting. It’s a local, medium-sized hosting company with attention to detail. Their owner works directly with the server and the clients to be sure that their needs are met. Response is quick.

Up next: How to Set Up a Parish Website with New Media

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Reliable Backup. Backup. Backup.

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I have told friends and clients about the need to have backups. I have sat for hours trying to restore data onto their laptops. It sometimes works, or I can get only some of their info. I backup to a local drive through Time Machine (Mac, automatic), and then I backup to BackBlaze. Both our laptop which has all of our photos on it, and my work computer backup automatically to the cloud.

We live in such a digitized computer and device-centric world now that most of the important data that surrounds our lives. What would happen if the computer or device were damaged and those crucial assets were lost forever? This is for business and home. May of my friends have lost a year or two of their kids photos. The effects would be traumatic.

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It’s important to take a preventative step to make sure that even in the event of disaster, your information is completely protected and secure and a service called Backblaze can do just that. And the best part is that it’s easy. Once you sign up for a subscription and download the Backblaze client to your computer, it does all the safeguarding for you in the background, automatically and without you having to manually do anything.

Anytime you add a new document or photo, Backblaze will store it for you in its secure data centers, so in the event that you lose your computer or it just breaks down, you know that all the information you had on it is still safe.  It is automatic. It doesn’t stop.

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And the best part about the subscription is that the fee covers unlimited data on your computers, which is definitely a nice bonus that you don’t see very often, with other companies often limiting data storage for each subscription level.

With sheer amount of data that rests on our computers, it’s essential that you have a back-up plan for keeping all that information safe. Take the time to install a lifesaver like Backblaze before it’s too late.

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Developing and Launching Saint of the Day for Kids App for iOS

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This past Friday, myself and three others, launched a new app into the world of iOS. Sandra Molyneux, Erin Lockert, and Sharon Leyne, and I have been working on this app for about a year. This app crosses over into my personal life, as well as business.

Two years ago, my wife and I were trying to teach our kids a little more about the rich history the church has with Saints. Some of the more famous ones come to mind: St. Mary, St. Joseph, St. Christopher, things from my childhood, typical Catholic Saints. Together we couldn’t remember much. Since both of us are practicing Catholics, we wanted to share this with our kids. The trouble was, there just wasn’t much out there that we found useful for our 3-7 year olds, that wasn’t too graphic, too long, or very ‘modern’. It was also spread out all over the place, and wasn’t easy to keep coming back to. We wanted something handy, something that our kids could play with.

Other Options

We had come across a ‘Saint of the Day’ wall calendar. It was too big, and very expensive. I searched all over to have something that was more interactive, and something that they would be interested in reading themselves. We didn’t find it, so we sought out to create it ourselves. We came up with a plan to do it.

Two years later the app is in the app store and is gaining a following. The reviews that we have had are positive, and constructive help is also been very helpful.

The Saint of the Day for Kids app is a great tool, we have found, that gives you a starting point to work from. I allows for printable pictures that can be colored, a short included prayer, and a great method of picking your favorites. It’s all right there, on the iPhone, or iPad, or iPod. We started it out at .99 for the first 120 (every third day) and you can purchase the rest of the saints for everyday for an additional .99 cents.

You can have a look at the website or go straight over to the iTunes Store to buy it.

 

Saint of the Day for Kids application provides you and your children access to hundreds of Saints lives.

This app is ad supported and comes with a lot of Saints (120+). There is an option to purchase the rest of the Saints (one for every day of the year) in the app for .99 . Just click Buy now, on any of the unavailable saints.

In a language that kids can understand, and appropriate for any age, we have compiled a Saint for everyday† of the year. Each of the descriptions can be shared and posted to Facebook. You can print a full page† with any airprint enabled printer. You can email the description and a thumbnail to anyone on your device.

 

Here is what the illustrations look like. It is very simple, easy to colour. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t for toddlers, but it can be. 2 – 10 years will like it. Here is a local blogger that wrote a review of it.

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The descriptions of the Saints written for kids to understand, they are ‘clean’ in other words, there isn’t graphic descriptions of their death. We focused on what kids would want to know, for them, at their level. Saints weren’t perfect in their lives, and we would want our kids to aspire to be like them. Following their faith, and deepening it.

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Go ahead and have a look at the website or go straight over to the iTunes Store to buy it.

LinkedIn How to Create A Business Page

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LinkedIn is one of the most popular social networking platforms for professionals and business owners, with millions of users all over the world. It allows you to setup a profile, personal or business, to showcase yourself and connect professionally with others both in your community and far away.

1. Sign up. You will need to create a page personally first

2. Add your Company page:

To add a Company Page:

  1. Click Companies at the top of your homepage.
  2. Click the Add a Company link in the upper right area of the page.
  3. Enter your company’s official name and your work email address.
  4. Click Continue and enter your company information.
    • If the work email address you provide is an unconfirmed email address on your LinkedIn account, a message will be sent to that address. Follow the instructions in the message to confirm your email address and then use the instructions above to add the Company Page.
    • A red error message may appear if you have problems adding a Company Page.
    • A preview of your completed company page is not available. When you publish the page, it is live on our website.

Watch the “How to set up a Company Page” video and learn what you can do with your Company Page.

3. Start Your Connections.

LinkedIn another way that you can connect to your clients. Be careful not overload with mega postings, users can disconnect from you just as easily. LinkedIn is not the place to throw your wild opinions, or your family updates at your followers.

4. Market, by Marketing Others.

Many entrepreneurs are scared that if they recommend someone else they will loose out. You have to leave your ‘only one pie’ mindset at home. There is enough pie to go around, and don’t be shy of sharing how great other business, or people have helped you. You are in a community, so give back, share, and help others out. These connections may help you down the road.

Business Blogging

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Blogging can be a challenge, especially if you never experience ‘daily’ journaling or writing. Blogging isn’t something that you can take lightly. If you want to get into blogging on your website, I would suggest that you try out weekly journaling first. It is difficult to get into. Once you get into the habit, you have proven that you would be committed to blogging. Can anyone do it, sure, but make sure you will first before you announce to the world that you are blogging.

A great place to get started is over at amylynnandrews.com. She has a great post on getting organized first. This will dramatically help you to get going. It encourages setting up easy places to store bits of information that you would like to blog about.

K-Cup Silhouette Studio 3d Easter Pattern

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I been experimenting with a great tool. The Silhouette. It is a great little machine, and gives me an outlet to create objects in 3D. Here is a great little gift to my readers. It is a K-Cup holder, it can be used for Easter, or you can embellish it with whatever you want. I have included the Pink, Brown, and main pattern.

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