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Microsite Manager UpdateFebruary 21, 2007
In this issue:
Your Microsite Will Soon Have a New Home
As part of NAMI's ongoing efforts to improve our technology resources, the NAMI Web site, along with all microsites, will soon be moving to a new facility.
Up to this point, NAMI's Web servers have been located in the NAMI National office. But due to increased traffic and a desire to ensure maximum availability, we will soon turn over hosting of our Web sites to a professional hosting company.
Located in Baltimore, Maryland, Edge Web Hosting will benefit you in the following ways:
What will this mean for you?
By moving our hosting, this will mean that your microsite is safer, runs better, and experiences less down time.
We will make the switch at some point between now and mid-March. Once a firm date has been set, we will let you know so you can plan accordingly. If all goes well, you should notice minimal disruption.
If your use your own domain name: If you have purchased and use your own domain name (such as www.namiaustin.org), you will have to take the additional step of contacting the company you purchased your domain name from and having them point your domain name to the new server. Again, we will provide additional details once the date is closer. For now, you should simply be sure you have the contact information for your domain name host.
Internet Explorer 7 and Ektron
Whenever you create or edit a page on your microsite, you probably use the Ektron editor. It's the Microsoft Word-like interface that came with your microsite that you use to enter and format your text.
As you may recall from the first time you used Ektron, you had to go through a brief process to install it on your computer. More specifically, you were installing it into your Internet Explorer Web browser.
In October 2006, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 7. If you plan to upgrade to Internet Explorer 7, keep in mind that you will also need to re-install the Ektron editor. You will be prompted to do so the first time you attempt to use Ektron in IE 7. When installing Ektron in IE7 you will notice a small bar towards the top of the browser that says "Click here to install this ActiveX control." You will need to click on this bar several times to complete the installation process. Also, keep in mind that Internet Explorer is the only Web browser
If you need a refresher on installing Ektron, please see page 19 of your Microsite Administrator guide. The guide is available online from your main Microsite administration page.
To Blog or Not to Blog?
Blogs (or "Web logs") are an increasingly popular way to communicate online. They are essentially a running online journal, where entries appear on a single Web page in a chronological list. They also feature a feedback mechanism, where those who read the blog can post their responses.
Several NAMI organizations have begun their own blogs. One of them is NAMI Oklahoma. Executive Director Steve Buck recently explained why NAMI Oklahoma decided to enter the "blogosphere":
NAMI Oklahoma uses a free Web service for its blog called Blogger. Owned by Google, Blogger makes it simple to setup and maintain a blog.
So do you need a blog if you already have a Web site? Not necessarily, though here are some reasons you may wish to consider it:
If you do decide to try blogging, here are couple of points to keep in mind:
NAMI blog examples:
Tips and Tricks: NAMIWalks pages
Many of you who have microsites are also in areas with NAMIWalks. Did you know that you can have your NAMIWalks page from the main NAMI Web site display within your microsite template, just as if it were part of your site? Here's how, step-by-step:
This same technique can be used to cause basically any page on the NAMI Web site to display within your template. The general rule is that when you view a page on the NAMI site, you should copy from the Address bar of your browser everything after the part of the link that says "&template=".
Top 10 Microsites, January 2007:
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