December 2015 Newsletter

RJ WebBuilder 2.0 Newsletter

 

Dear Webmasters:

Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays!

We are well into phase two of our RJ Web Builder upgrade. If you are still interested in a new template, please let me know.

I am happy to announce that two new custom components are being added to the list of offerings for RJ Web Builder: one for article sharing and the other for donations and RSVPs. The Article Sharing extension will be a custom built extension which connects your Joomla! site (if you want it to be connected) to content from ReformJudaism.org. With this extension, we will have the ability to publish blog content like 10 Minutes of Torah, Jewish holidays and more on your site. This is a great way to build up content and disseminate news and information to your users.

The Donation and RSVP extension system will be a form builder which will allow you to create simple registration and payment forms and integrate them with your Google calendar or display them in articles on your website. You could use these forms to sell tickets for events, accept donations or just to gather information from your congregants. With this extension, we want to make sure we customize it with your needs in mind. Please take a few minutes to fill out this form and let us know your opinion on the current form builder software and what you would like to see in this new extension.

Finally, the PGT RSS Scroller module that many of you use on your site stopped working earlier this week. It appears to be functioning properly now. We will continue to monitor it.

Joel Emerman
Congregational Websites Manager
212.452.6579 (Central Time)


Quick Tips

Using Content Tags in Joomla 3.0!
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Did You Know?

The URJ Offers Many Hanukkah Resources
The URJ has resources to help you publicize your holiday programs and materials from ReformJudaism.org to share with your congregants for enriching personal observances. In the Tent, you can find print ads and web/social media/email banners for your upcoming mailings and communications about Hanukkah.

Also, once again we are offering our Hanukkah ecard HTML generator tool if you want to send a beautiful Hanukkah ecard to congregants. You can add your congregation logo and customize it with a video, recipe, song or blessing:
http://ecards.urj.net/congregation/?directory=chanukah
Login: ecard
Password: ecard2015


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