March 2014 Newsletter

RJ WebBuilder 2.0 Newsletter


Dear Webmasters:

Please help me congratulate those congregations who have gone live since the first of the year.

Temple Beth David, Spring Hill, FL
Kolot Mayim Reform Temple, Victoria, BC
Temple Emanu-El, Waterford, CT
Temple Beth Israel, Pomona, CA
Temple Isaiah, Fulton, MD
Temple Beth Ami, Rockville, MD
Congregation Emeth, Morgan Hill, CA
Temple Beth El, Spring Valley, NY
Temple Beth Shalom, Hudson, OH
B'nai Israel Reform Temple, Oakdale, NY

Kol Hakavod to the new sites! As always, if you need assistance building your site, please feel free to browse the articles on the RJ Web Builder help site or submit a help ticket.  All training sessions are available as videos to watch on demand. There are also tons of resources about Joomla and the extensions installed all over the internet so look to those sources as well if you are working 'after hours' and have a question.

Joel Emerman
Congregational Websites Manager
212-452-6579 (New York number however I live in Chicago suburbs)

Quick Tips

Don't Paste Content Directly From MS Word
Wondering why copy and paste from Microsoft Word (or Excel, Powerpoint, etc.) isn't always a good idea? Read this tutorial to understand the best way to do this.

Make Sure Your Site is Searchable by Search Engines
You've launched your new site but want to make sure you will turn up in Google Searches? There are a few quick steps to make ensure your site is found.

How to Locate a Module?
Wondering how to figure out which modules are on your homepage (or any other)? Watch this video for an easy way to solve the mystery.

Did You Know?

Not Getting Admin Emails?
As the webmaster of your congregation's website, you should receive all administrative emails from site users.  Make sure you aren't missing emails from members or potential members by checking the mail settings in the global configuration. For assistance, check out this tutorial.

Website Design 101
Still looking for inspiration? Surf the Internet. Look at other temple websites, but don't limit yourself: any website can give you ideas about the pages' layouts, color palette, font choices, the use of photos and graphics, and overall tone. Read the do's and dont's for designing a site.

How Can I Speed Up My Site?
There are many reasons why a website might load slowly. Most of the time if a site takes time to load it is because there are extra scripts, large images and external sources associated with the page being accessed. Read more.

Staying in Touch

We are challenged in reaching current webmasters due to high turnover and changes in email addresses. If you are receiving this email, you are the person who was reported to the URJ to be handling your congregation's website. If there are additional people who need to be on this list or if you need to get off this list, please send corrected information to

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