Learn WordPress: Pages

September 23rd, 2012

Continuing the video series on WordPress, here we present 3 videos on how to create and update pages inside of the WordPress back-end. Please remember to share with friends and neighbors that you think would benefit from this video series!

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Drummer Boy Hosting WordPress Video Series

September 22nd, 2012

Hey, have you noticed that we really like WordPress around here? Not yet? Well this post will make it official!

Here at Drummer Boy Hosting WordPress is the Content Management System (CMS) of choice. If you want the simplest most robust and effective CMS for your Parish, Ministry or Business–you will find it in WordPress. Why? Simple, since it’s inception in 2003, WordPress has become the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world. Today, it is in use in millions of websites and it is constantly expanded by thousands of plugins actively being developed and used daily. In our oppinion and that of many professional website developers, it is the most powerful CMS in the world.

No longer used exclusively for blogging, WordPress has become a very powerful CMS for your Parish, Ministry or Business website. Here are some key features that WordPress introduces for you.

  • It is a 100% free of charge open source software available for download here
  • WordPress is written in PHP and uses MySQL database
  • It is actively being updated by a dedicated team of developers
  • It is constantly being extended by the constant development of plugins, widgets and themes developed daily!
So who is using WordPress? Here is a short list of some of the most popular WordPress websites:
Just a few examples of popular websites that are run by WordPress. As you can see there are both blogs and full blown websites in the list. This is why we have decided to work exclusively with WordPress. So for our current clients and potential clients looking for a great solution to their website needs, we decided to create this 100% free video series that will introduce you to WordPress and will help you learn how to keep your website updated. Enjoy!

 

Learn About The WordPress Posts

September 22nd, 2012

Continuing the video series on WordPress, here we present 3 videos on how to create and update posts inside of the WordPress back-end. Please remember to share this video series with your friends and neighbors that you think would benefit from this video series!

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Learn about the WordPress Dashboard

September 21st, 2012

Below you will find a list of 4 videos that will help you get more familiar with WordPress’ dashboard. If you need more help with learning how WordPress can help your Parish, Ministry or Business, we invite you to chat live with us so we can answer any of your questions!

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U.S. Bishops Launch Spanish-Language Facebook Page

September 18th, 2012

Social Media Initiative Part of Effort to Reach Hispanic Catholics

WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPT. 18, 2012 (Zenit.org).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has launched a Spanish-language page on the social-networking site Facebook. The initiative is part of an effort by the USCCB to effectively reach Hispanic and Spanish-speaking Catholics.

The page, will feature a variety of updates from USCCB on news, issues of concern to the Catholic Church and faith-building resources.

“Hispanics make up 16 percent of the total U.S. population, almost 40 percent of U.S. Catholics, and 50 percent of U.S. Catholics under age 25,” said Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Communications.

“It is critically important to engage this demographic, especially through the expanding field of social media, and provide them with accurate, quality information that encourages them to grow in their faith.”

In a video message posted in Spanish on the new page, Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California, chairman of USCCB’s Committee on Cultural Diversity, said the U.S. bishops “are grateful for the rich contributions of culture and faith that Hispanics bring to this country and to our Catholic Church,” and invited them “in a spirit of faith and kindness” to use the new page to “communicate and dialogue with us.”

Content posted to the page will include the essay “Cosas Ordinarias, amor extraordinario: Mother Teresa and Latin America” by TIME Magazine writer David Van Biema, which depicts Mother Teresa’s missionary work from Tijuana, Mexico to Chile.

The author describes her work with the poor and how the Missionaries of Charity are established in 65 cities in Latin America. Additionally, photos will show Mother Teresa in her early years helping the poor and sick, her connection to Our Lady of Guadalupe and Shrine in Tijuana built in her name.

For the Official Spanish-language Facebook page of the USCCB, go to www.facebook.com/USCCBEspanol

May we never forget

September 11th, 2012

May we never forget that on 9/11/2001 our beautiful country experienced a cowardly and horrific attack. We here at Drummer Boy Hosting would like to offer our prayer intentions for our fellow neighbors who lost their lives on 9/11’s attacks. We also offer our prayers to the surviving families. We pray that God may keep this country safe, that our soldiers are kept safe and that the world may never see such an attack ever again. May God bless our country and may God bless America.

Sad news for children worldwide

September 5th, 2012

On September 5th Zenit.org reports that on August 28 the European Court of Human Rights declared that access to pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) must be allowed.

The court decision dealt with the Italian Law 40/2004. The case of Rosetta Costa and Walter Pavan v. Italy regarded a married couple who were both carriers of cystic fibrosis who wished to use PGD to screen their children as embryos.

Law 40, approved in 2004, prohibited PGD and also the freezing of embryos and research using embryos. A 2009 Supreme Court decision allowed the use of PGD, but only in the case of infertile couples, which is not the situation of the couple who brought the case.

The judgment, however, is not final and the Italian Government has said it will request the referral of the case before the Grand Chamber for reconsideration
Interviewed by ZENIT, Carlo Casini, the president of the Italian Pro-Life Movement, described the judgment as “superficial” and expressed the hope that it would be overturned on appeal.

Casino pointed out that to take a case before the European Court of Human Rights it is first necessary to have exhausted the judicial procedures in the country of origin. The couple in this case, however did not do this but went directly to the European court and for that reason alone their case should not have been allowed.

One of the great problems with PGD, Casini explained, is that it requires there be from nine to 12 healthy embryos. Therefore, to ensure the birth of a single embryo many other viable embryos are destroyed. “Hence, it is a programmed death of many children to have a healthy one.”

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Our every prayer is with all of the future lives affected by this law. While we are hopeful that the recently passed law will in fact be overturned. Please join us in prayer for possible victims of this law.

Cardinal Dolan’s prayer at the republican national convention

September 4th, 2012

I was very impressed with Republican’s outreach to the religious leadership that they brought out to their convention to invoke God’s help and mercy for our nation. I was dissapointed that they had not brought out a Catholic and lo and behold, out pops Cardinal Dolan of New York to close the RNC’s National Convention. Below you will find the text as he read it that night. God bless America!

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The text of his prayer from Thursday was published on Cardinal Dolan’s blog.

With firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, let us pray:
Almighty God, father of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus, we beg your continued blessings on this sanctuary of freedom, and on all of those who proudly call America home. We ask your benediction upon those yet to be born, and on those who are about to see you at the end of this life. Bless those families whose ancestors arrived on these shores generations ago, as well as those families that have come recently, to build a better future while weaving their lives into the rich tapestry of America.

Almighty God, father of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus, we beg your continued blessings on this sanctuary of freedom

We lift up to your loving care those afflicted by the recent storms and drought and fire. We ask for the grace to stand in solidarity with all those who suffer. May we strive to include your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, in the production and prosperity of a people so richly blessed.
Oh God of wisdom, justice, and might, we ask your guidance for those who govern us, and on those who would govern us: the president and vice-president, the Congress, the Supreme Court, and on all those who seek to serve the common good by seeking public office, especially Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan. Make them all worthy to serve you by serving our country. Help them remember that the only just government is the government that serves its citizens rather than itself.

Almighty God, who gives us the sacred and inalienable gift of life, we thank you as well for the singular gift of liberty. Renew in all of our people a respect for religious freedom in full, that first most cherished freedom. Make us truly free, by tethering freedom to truth and ordering freedom to goodness. Help us live our freedom in faith, hope, and love; prudently, and with justice; courageously, and in a spirit of moderation. Enkindle in our hearts a new sense of responsibility for freedom’s cause. And make us ever-grateful for all those who, for more than two centuries, have given their lives in freedom’s defense; we commend their noble souls to your eternal care, as even now we beg your mighty hand upon our beloved men and women in uniform.

May we know the truth of your creation, respecting the laws of nature and nature’s God, and not seek to replace it with idols of our own making. Give us the good sense not to cast aside the boundaries of righteous living you first inscribed in our hearts even before inscribing them on tablets of stone. May you mend our every flaw, confirming our soul in self-control, our liberty in law.
We pray for all those who seek honest labor, as we thank you for the spirit of generosity to those in need with which you so richly blessed this nation.
We beseech your blessing on all who depart from here this evening, and on all those, in every land, who seek to conduct their lives in freedom.

Most of all, Almighty God, we thank you for the great gift of our beloved country.
For we are indeed “one nation under God.”

And “in God we trust.”

Dear God bless America. You who live and reign, forever and ever,

Amen!

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HTML5 the future is now here!

August 23rd, 2012

It’s pretty clear that the church is pretty behind on utilizing the new media successfully  and efficiently. I would venture to say that most parishes haven’t updated their website since the early 2000s and since these early days, there have been some major changes in HTML and CSS that will allow the church to take clear advantage of and finally not only get in the game, but push ahead and be leaders in this all important medium.

There have been some major changes in HTML and CSS that will allow the church to take clear advantage of and finally not only get in the game, but push ahead and be leaders in this all important medium.

HTML5 is not set to officially be the norm until 2022, but thanks to the growing popularity of modern browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Ap ple’s Safari, it is possible to code a website in HTML5 and CSS3 today! This is a guide of today’s coding standards and the things you will be able to do with your website. Drummer Boy Hosting is focusing on creating all future websites with HTML5 and CSS3.

What is the difference between HTML5 and Web2.0?

Below is a small list of things HTML5 will better than standard Web2.0 sites:
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  • Offline Storage: This is a special cookie that allows you to store large amounts of data making it much more functional than plain old cookies.
  • Canvas drawing: Basically, you will be able to create content that moves without the need of expensive software like Adobe’s Flash
  • Native video and audio streaming support: Creating a video player with pure HTML5 code will be easy and play back across all web platforms, both windows and apple products!
  • Geolocation: HTML5 can find your location and use it to tailor things like tag your Twitter and Facebook updates, and more.
  • Smarter forms: Coders will have a much easier using forms and interacting with them in HTML5. This is a major and great improvement!
  • Web application focus: Creating features such as drag and drop tools and using modern web elements into any site, and have them work the same across browsers.

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These are just some of the upgrades HTML5 brings, but let’s get to the end result–how can the church use this technology?

HTML5 and the Church

This is it! Our opportunity to get up to date and stay up to date with the web! Here are four ways that the Church can take advantage of HTML5 in their websites today:

[accordion_content title=”Inspire via audio or video” title_size=”h4″]Create a weekly and or even daily update to your parishioners or clients. Today’s young adults and youth love video. Statistics show that sites that contain original video are more likely to gather a following. Take advantage of this medium, make your knowledge of what people want/need a major goal for your website.[/accordion_content]

[accordion_content title=”Create an interactive learning tool” title_size=”h4″]Website interaction is key to the survival, popularity and success of any website. Users love tools that teach them and why not make them a beautiful presentation using HTML5 and CSS3. Here is an examples that I’ve created for you! History of the Church[/accordion_content]

[accordion_content title=”Use geo location to help parishioners or clients find you” title_size=”h4″]Create a map with your location that automatically detects where the user is and the fastest path to find you. A beautiful example of this is in this contact form. Available for your purchase here.[/accordion_content]

[accordion_content title=”Use web forms that allow you to connect” title_size=”h4″]Again, back to interaction. Your website visitors love to interact with your tools, think of fun and creative ways to use the web forms of HTML5–perhaps a nice catholic drag and drop quiz or even a poll. (examples are coming soon).[/accordion_content]

In conclusion, let the development of HTML5 be your inspiration to reach out to your parishioners, clients or target market. This is the time for the church to enact on the call to a new evangelization in this new and beautiful medium.

Why Choose Catholic Web Hosting?

August 22nd, 2012

There are literally thousands of different web site hosting and design firms in the world. In this vast ocean of choices, you will find some that are truly amazing, and as in the perilous ocean, some can be a nightmare. Choosing your web host is a very important decision for your ministry. This is a guide to choosing the right web site hosting company. As a shameless plug, this is also a guide to highlight our strengths and help you decide whether we are the right choice for you. Trust us… we are!

It is our mission to help the Church become a force in the inter-webs.

The Basics

Some of the top reasons you should pick the right host include the very basics: Server reliability (a.k.a Uptime), Customer Support and Server Side Features, e.g., Control Panel ease of use, Email Functionality, and PHP versions.  We believe that you deserve more than the basics. You deserve to receive more value for the trust, time, and money that you invest on a web hosting company. Here are top five factors that sets apart Drummer Boy Hosting, a Catholic Based Web Hosting Company:

[accordion_content title=”5. We Hold Your Moral Values ” title_size=”h4″]We are committed to the teachings of the Catholic Church. We absolutely do not promote pornography, contraception, and abortion.[/accordion_content]
[accordion_content title=”4. We Share a Big Interest in Helping Your Ministry Grow!” title_size=”h4″]Not only are we dedicated to giving you excellent customer service, we are even more committed to helping you reach your vision and fulfill your mission.[/accordion_content]
[accordion_content title=”3. You Help Support Our Mission” title_size=”h4″]We are here to help pave the way for the Church to move forward with the new media and digital age. It is our mission to help the Church become a strong influential force in the inter-webs.[/accordion_content]
[accordion_content title=”2. You Support Parishes in the U.S.A. and Worldwide” title_size=”h4″]By choosing Drummer Boy Hosting, you are also helping parishes worldwide. When we reach our goal of 2400 hosted accounts, we will begin a new ministry that will offer free website design and development for Catholic Churches worldwide! We wish this is the case now, but until that goal is met, bills have to be paid. In order for us to achieve this goal, we must have a solid monetary foundation to ensure we can employ the right staff and make our vision a reality! 2400 customers? With God’s Grace, everything is impossible![/accordion_content]
[accordion_content title=”1. You Expand Your Knowledge of Online Ministry” title_size=”h4″]By choosing us, you will be able to grow your online ministry and become more knowledgeable in maximizing the power of the web. You will become instrumental in promoting the call of Pope John Paul the II and Pope Benedict the XVI in using the new media and digital age for God’s Greater Glory![/accordion_content]