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E-zekiel Content Management System Failure

Those of you who build websites know sometimes the things you attempt simply will not work. Either the technology won’t cooperate or it is designed in a way you don’t expect. Once in awhile you come across an infrastructure item that has a bug or an odd behavior. Even less often do you come across a security problem that is a result of poor engineering.

The thing that makes what I am uncovering tonight so worrisome is that the company who provides the service is bound to know it exists. It is too simple to have been missed. As such, I let the company behind E-zekiel know by email that I am publishing this blog entry exactly 48 hours after emailing them. Hopefully they will fix the problem and this will be an artifact of what can go wrong in web programming and nothing more. Otherwise, I *think* we are all free to link to any URL we want and say what we want. For those who might critique that 48 isn’t long enough, I ask that you research the company to see how long they have been running their operations with such a glaring information security problem.

Posted in Programming, Web Ministry

49 Simple Strategies for Better Blogging

Tony Morgan has a great little list of 49 ways to blog better. In my view, these kinds of lists are great for newbies like me, as well as old hats who have been doing this for awhile.

Now recently, at the church where I work, we have had a request to set-up pastors to blog. Everyone, including Rick Warren is doing it, right? Now, my first instinct is to utter an exuberant YES! But then you start realizing these folks know nothing about blogging, or the web in general. They are content consumers, not authors. We struggle to get them to write a newsletter article. But now, they see their ministry friends blogging and they want in. So, if we do it (and we should), then this will require some training and some guidance. Note that these guys don’t just want individual blogs where they reflect and muse on ministry. They want the blogs to be the format by which they engage the constituent/member/attendee online. I may post later on all the options we are considering.

Posted in Programming, Writing

I am in North Carolina at the Web Empowered Church Conference

Last year, I brought Kasper to Texas and put together a little conference for church technologists around the Typo3 Content Management system. This is the main tool I use day in and day out in Web Ministry at the church where I work. Web Empowered Church has also been a major advocate for the use of Typo3 in churches, and was kind enough to sponsor the conference for a second year. WEC is a ministry of The Foundation for Evangelism. So, we are at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. Beautiful place near Asheville. I hear I am near the Biltmore Estate… but doubt I will be able to see it while here. I am going white water rafting on Saturday with the folks here. Should be interesting considering most of these guys are geeks… so hopefully the guide will do most of the paddling and steering. I fly home Sunday night to an empty house. The girls are hanging out in Natchitoches, La. with Ashley’s parents.

Posted in Design, Programming