Welcome to Episcopal Cafe 2.0!

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Welcome to our new site! We’ve moved the site to a new home and taken the opportunity to redesign the site as well. We hope you like it. Our intention is to continue offering the same great news and commentary that has been our hallmark.

Many of our Lead contributors will be continuing as part of the team; Ann Fontaine, John Chilton, Andrew Gerns, and Weston Matthews. Joining them will be myself, Eddie Isom, Rosalind Hughes and David Streever. Eddie has a long background in broadcast and print journalism, Rosalind is a priest in the Diocese of Ohio, and David is an independent web consultant who is active in public policy advocacy.

In addition I’m pleased to say that several new folks will be joining the Café in other roles. Jennifer Brandlon, from Portland, OR, will be joining our editorial board and bringing her many years of journalistic and public relations experience. Liz Bartenstein, from Virginia, will be joining our editorial team as well and will be our Art editor; Kathryn McKey-Dunar, former Youth Missioner in Milwaukee and currently an independent communications consultant in Boston, will be joining as our web designer and Social Media guru. Along with Ann Fontaine, the Rev. Martin Elfert, Diocese of Spokane, and the Rev. Anne Smith, Diocese of San Joaquin, will be working on developing feature content as well. I’m also happy to say that our contributors for Speaking to the Soul will still be around, producing the same great reflections and devotional pieces as always.

One important change is that we will need to solicit donations (look for the big red Donate button) to keep the Café running; our overhead isn’t huge but it isn’t insignificant either. We’ve already set up the Café as a non-profit corporation and have applied for 501(c) listing. But that designation may take several months to be completed. In the interim, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Beckley, WV, has agreed to act as financial agent for the Café to allow us to offer you the opportunity to make a charitable donation in order to let the work of the Café not only continue, but thrive.

And perhaps most important, I want to thank Bill Joseph, the Café’s webmaster, who has gotten through this transition – we couldn’t have done it without him!

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George Nagle
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George Nagle

I made a contribution but don't have a password. How do I get one?

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Lionel Deimel
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I am so glad that the Café continues. It is an invaluable resource for keeping track of what is happening in The Episcopal Church and what is happing beyond the church that might be important to Episcopalians.

Of course, any new Web site has its teething problems, and there are problems I hope you can correct.

But first, some positive comments. The new logo is great (but see below) and the overall layout is pleasant. It is handy to be able to preview the content of the various components of the Café from the home page. The way new summaries are added as one scrolls down the home page is cute.

Now for some problems. The first thing I noticed was the lack of an acute accent on the e of Café almost everywhere. This may not be jarring to everyone, but it is to me, and I doubt I am alone. Please fix this, particularly in the logo.

The Donate button on the sidebar leads to PayPal, as it should. The Donate button in the banner links to a page that discusses donations but doesn’t tell the reader how to make them and doesn’t link to PayPal. You really want to fix this.

I am upset by the inability to preview a comment. (I am writing this in Notepad++.) Moreover, I don’t know whether I can use HTML (e.g., a, i, and b tags) in a comment. Please allow previews and HTML.

Posting a link to a Café article on Facebook works worse than before, which was bad to begin with. Neither the title nor any part of the article appears in the Facebook post. I do hope you can fix this.

I find the background image ugly and annoying. Obviously, some feel otherwise, but I would greatly appreciate a solid background. The background reminds me of the early days of very ugly Web sites.

I have saved the absolute worst for last. Not only do previous links to Café articles not work, but they take the reader to a WordPress page that asks for a password. Many Episcopalians rely on The Lead not only to provide current church news but also to act as an archive of the church’s recent history. I am an editor of a site that summarizes Anglican news each week (Pittsburgh Update at http://update.pittsburghepiscopal.org) and that frequently links to articles from The Lead. The new site not only makes The Lead less useful, but it also makes Pittsburgh Update less useful. Please, please fix this.

I have created my share of Web sites, and know that achieving all of one’s design goals can be difficult. Good luck with trying to make Episcopal Café maximally attractive and functional.

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Bill Joseph
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Bill Joseph

Lionel,

Allow me to address the "broken link" issue.

In the process of transferring all of the "old" Cafe posts to the "new" Cafe, we worked really hard to ensure that the old urls would continue to function. Unfortunately, in the flurry of activity associated with taking the new site live, I failed to enable that functionality. The result was that for a period of time yesterday the old Cafe links did not work, behaving as you described.

The links should be working now. Jon is correct, the manner in which Movable Type created urls differed dramatically from the way WordPress creates urls, presenting quite a challenge for a smooth transition. With a few exceptions, all the old urls should take you to the correct place in the new site, albeit with a new url.

I apologize for any confusion that was caused, and thank you for your patience.

Bill

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Emmetri Monica Beane
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Good morning!
Would you check the donation link? I am trying to use it via Safari and it does not seem to be working. I keep being asked to login and no organization information is showing up.
Thank you for keeping the Episcopal Cafe online.

The Reverend Emmetri Monica Beane
Deacon
Little Fork Episcopal Church
Rixeyville, VA
Diocese of Virginia

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Tom Ehrich
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If you plan to send posts by email, I would like to receive them.

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The new look is striking! It will take a bit of getting used to; but it won't change my practice of making the Café a basic part of my day.

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