Building a WEB Ministry
-- the "Nuts n' Bolts"

By Total Love In Christ Ministries

This column will deal with creating
and maintaining an Online Ministry

Vol. One-9 -- "Fill the Earth & Subdue It!" - C
* Click for Volume Index *     August 15, 2006

1:26 Then God said, �Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, .... and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth.� 1:27 God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them. 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, �Be fruitful and multiply! Fill the earth and subdue it! ........... It was so. 1:31 God saw all that he had made � and it was very good! There was evening, and there was morning, the sixth day. **** Genesis

Enhancing and Expanding Your Site: Part III (final)

Welcome back to Volume 9. With God's Good Grace, this information and these tools (IF implemented), should begin to get traffic flowing to your site. Remember, WEB traffic is like planting -- you plant the seeds and then have to wait patiently for the crop. The additional seed then produces more plants, more seed, etc. Today we will be discussing more site enhancements and ways to attract additional traffic, including Blogs, RSS Feeds and Article Submission.

Please click on the links following the topics below for valuable information on each one !!


What are Blogs?

The word "blog" is derived from the combination of the two words -- web and log.

Blogs are virtual diaries created by individuals and stored on the Internet. Blogs generally consist of text and images and can appear in a calendar type format.

Blogs are located on websites which enable people to join as members and create and publish their blogs and diary entries. Blogs can be viewed either by the general public or select groups of people, such as friends.

Blogging happens when somebody uploads information to the blog and the person doing this is known as the blogger. Blogs can easily be created without any specific technical knowledge.

One excellent, FREE blogging site [ ] is listed below. It offers a variety of design templates, and for the technically proficient, the templates can be further customized.

[ HERE ]     [ HERE ]    [ HERE ]

RSS Feeds

What is RSS?

RSS is a Web content syndication format. Its name is an acronym for "Really Simple Syndication". RSS is a dialect of XML. All RSS files must conform to the XML 1.0 specification, as published on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) website.

Pretty much anything that can be broken down into discrete items can be syndicated via RSS. Once information about each item is in RSS format, an RSS-aware program can check the feed for changes and react to the changes in an appropriate way.

About Feeds

Many websites have links labeled "XML" or "RSS" or "Atom". All of these are ways of saying that you can find out about updates to that site without having to browse to it yourself to check.

This feature is referred to as Syndication or Aggregation, or sometimes it's just called Subscribing. On some sites, instead of a link, they'll have an orange button that says RSS or XML, and looks a lot like this: That's a sign that the page you're viewing has a feed available.

How do I start using RSS feeds?

In general, the first thing you need is something called a news reader or news aggregator. This is a piece of software that checks RSS feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added to them. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications. Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer, in the same way that you either download your e-mail using Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Hotmail.

Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want to receive in your news reader, by finding and subscribing to the relevant RSS feeds. Many weblogs make content available in RSS. A news aggregator can help you keep up with all your favorite weblogs by checking their RSS feeds and displaying new items from each of them.

Article Submission

[ HERE ]     [ HERE ]

Article Word-Counter

Be sure your articles meet submission guidelines with this handy tool.

(Please note that your browser does need to be JavaScript-Enabled to take advantage of this terrific little tool.) To make sure this is on, in Netscape:  Edit:Preferences -- Internet Explorer:  Tools:Internet Options -- Firefox:   Tools:Options:Content to find & enable these permission settings.

How to Use:
Simply type in or cut and paste (by right-clicking your mouse and choosing "Copy" after highlighting any text you want to copy) ... then right-click again, while inside the white box on this page and choose "Paste") and then click the "Calculate Words" button to obtain your total article's Word Count.

NOTE: Any hyphenated words will be counted as ONE word, in case that matters in what you are doing with your copy.

Very useful if creating links on websites that limit the number of words, or counting the words in an article or essay, or whatever use you can come up with. Enjoy!

This free script provided by JavaScript Kit

This column will conclude the "Nuts-n'-Bolts" technical aspect of WEB Design, Building and Promoting. We will begin in the next column to set our focus on Content and Spiritual Direction.

Just a brief word about my background. I am and have been a Computer Consultant for over 30 years -- 15 of them with IBM mainframes and 15 of them with PC hardware, software, and WEB design. I am also an ordained minister and hold a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies. I am the director of Total Love in Christ Ministries, located at:   [ ].   My consulting site is at:   [ ].

Yours in Christ till
our next meeting;

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