Version 1.15 of WeConnect is now live. This version includes a new theme, an updated theme picker, and the ability to embed a Google Calendar within your site.
Preview the new theme called "Earth." This option is available in several color schemes. To update the appearance of your site, click on the Appearance link in the WeConnect Administrative Menu.
Updated Theme Picker
Selecting a new theme is easier than ever! Click on the Appearance link in the WeConnect Administrative Menu, choose your theme, and then hover over and click to select your color scheme. You can update the appearance of your site at any time.
Embed a Google Calendar
You can now embed a Google Calendar within a WeConnect page. When editing a page, click the Insert Widget icon, and choose the Google Calendar option. Click the "Help" link for more information, or e-mail me if you would like help inserting a calendar on your site.
We are excited to announce that on November 1, 2012, you can start earning money for your parish by activating a Catholic Gift Store on your WeConnect site. This functionality is available to LPi customers and is powered by the #1 Catholic store on the Internet, The Catholic Company. Provide your parishioners the ease and convenience of purchasing quality Catholic products and gifts from the largest online Catholic retailer... without ever leaving your WeConnect website! By simply activating this store on your site, your parish will earn 12% of every purchase, and will receive a check every quarter.
Catholic Gift Store highlights include:
- Over 15,000 products from more than 280 vendors around the world, immediately available.
- Many gift items can be personalized with a name or special message.
- No investment, no inventory, no store management, no order processing, and no shipping required by the parish.
- Superior service and satisfaction guaranty provided by a STELLAService Customer Service Ratings award winner.
Take a look at how the store appears on a WeConnect site by clicking on the image to the left, and when you are ready to activate your Catholic Gift Store, or if you have any questions, please contact us! We will require your Tax ID to complete the installation.
There is now an additional Home Page Layout panel called Text. Dragging this panel to your Home Page Layout will allow you to insert whatever content you wish on your Home Page. Use the toolbar within the panel to paste and format custom messages, add hyperlinks or insert tables, images, video, the daily Scripture verse, or even a widget!
This addition was created because various churches recommended the functionality, so if there is something you would like to see on WeConnect, be sure to let us know!
Updated Getting Started Manual
We are happy to announce we have an updated version (Volume 2) of the Getting Started Manual. You'll find thorough WeConnect section details, and answers to FAQs like inserting a hyperlink or uploading a PDF. Updated WeConnect tutorial videos are coming soon as well, so stay tuned!
External Sources Fields
You'll notice two new fields in the About Us section: WeGather
subdomain and WeShare
subdomain. If you are using these Liturgical Publications products, you can enter your organization’s subdomain into the fields provided to integrate these products with your WeConnect site.
Version 1.13 of WeConnect is now live. This version includes a new mobile template and a faster event calendar.
WeConnect Goes Mobile
Take a look at your church website on your phone. Simply type your web address into your phone's internet browser and take advantage of an optimized mobile browsing experience, making the site simple to use and quick to navigate.
A new mobile template makes it easier to stay connected while on the go and makes website navigation a breeze. Parishioners can search for important church information, browse the bulletin, or view the event calendar right in the palm of their hand.
Event calendars will now be created using our own software making it faster, cleaner and iPad enabled. This change will pave the way for more dynamic calendar features in the future.
To add events to the calendar, click "Add Event" in the Event Manager and fill out the necessary boxes. For repeating events, check the "Repeats" box and click the day of the week you want the event to repeat.
Version 1.12 of WeConnect is now live. This version includes a revamped Site Administration interface, improved Home Page Layout functionality, and an updated Supporters page.
You’ll notice that the Site Administration interface has a sleeker design and category icons to ease navigation around the site. The WeConnect blog is now integrated into the home page of the Dashboard to provide you with site updates and news.
Home Page Layout
If you click on the "Home Page Layout" menu located on the Appearance tab, you can now edit Panel settings before saving the layout. Be sure to click the Save button once these edits are complete to save all changes.
If you click on your Supporters page you’ll notice that each advertiser now has a phone number displayed as well as an address. Advertisers receive more value for their sponsorship, and parishioners can easily connect with businesses that support the church.
Version 1.11 of WeConnect is now live. This version includes new Home Page panel options, updated Supporters page, and Google Analytics integration.
New Home Page Options
You'll notice two new "Panels" in the Home Page Layout options called Publications and Recent Twitter Activity. If you are a Liturgical Publications bulletin customer, the Publications panel allows you to display your weekly bulletin on your home page, and indicates which bulletin is most recent. If you have a Twitter account set up in the About Us section, your recent tweets will appear when you add this panel to your Home Page Layout.
If you click on your Supporters page you'll notice a slight change to these listings--they now include a logo or image that reflects what kind of business they are. This will help your members easily identify categories of businesses that support your local community.
If you are familiar with Google Analytics and have used it to track Web traffic to your church's home page in the past, you can now take advantage of a Google Analytics field in the About Us section. Simply copy and paste your unique Google code (found in your Google Analytics account) into this field, to start using the insightful--and completely free--online tool to monitor how visitors are using your WeConnect site.
We are happy to announce that WeConnect hit a milestone last week! There are now 100 churches actively using WeConnect to build their websites and communicate to their members.
To learn more about what WeConnect can do for your church, or if you would like to see a demo of the product, please contact us.
We are excited to announce that we have two additional Themes now available to you in WeConnect, each with multiple color options. If you'd like to update the appearance of your site, take a look at these new options in the Appearance section.
"Traditional" Theme: "Crisp" Theme:
Your WeConnect site is fully functional on your smart phone. If you have an iPhone or Android handy, visit your site and take a look at how it appears on a mobile browser!
Version 1.10 of WeConnect is now live. This version includes a new and improved Photo Manager, and another new Theme.
Improved Photo Manager
Be sure to check out WeConnect's easy-to-use Photo Manager! When writing a Blog entry or editing a Page you can choose to import photos from a previously created album, or upload a new photo. You can also crop photos, transfer photos from one album to another, rename photos, add titles, captions, and URL hyperlinks.
Add a Slideshow to Your Home Page
You'll notice a new "Panel" in the Home Page Layout options called Photo Galleries. This allows you to choose a specific photo gallery that will rotate through pictures, creating a Slideshow on your page.
For a live example of how a Slideshow appears on a home page, please visit our demo site. And if you'd like a little extra help setting this up, contact us and one of our customer service representatives will walk you through the process.
The new Theme that was added is called "Clouds." To update the appearance of your site, click on the Appearance link in the WeConnect Administrative Menu.