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Preview of New UCG.ORG Web Site

March 12, 2011

Watch this five-minute video preview that explains many of the features of the NEW United Church of God Web site to be launched in May 2011. Please check back here at Inside United: Realtime early next week for a link to the NEW beta test site of ucg.org so that you can see it for yourself.

This project has been in the works for over a year and many people were involved. Great thanks goes to our dedicated Web development team and video editing staff. These include Aaron Booth, Tom Disher, Rudy Rangle, Jamie Schreiber and another  half-a-dozen content editors and keyword taggers.

Click the graphic above to watch the 5-minute video preview of the upcoming, NEW ucg.org Web site.

http://vimeo.com/20930885

Please watch for the official launch in May. Make sure you create an online UCG account and begin interacting with other members and interested readers.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

March 12, 2011 - Posted by | Media and Communications, UCGIA on the Web | , ,

16 Comments »

  1. When I played the video it was fine for thirty seconds then I’d get 2 words then a pause of some seconds then the next 2 words. I’m on satellite modem. Please don’t get technical with reply as I won’t understand a thing that you say!

    Comment by Mavis | March 12, 2011 | Reply

  2. It looks very promising and interesting. How do I open a UCG online account? Please advise.

    Comment by Ramon Soto | March 12, 2011 | Reply

  3. Will you have any options for Dial-up users?

    Comment by Jan | March 12, 2011 | Reply

  4. how much can someone get without signing up? I know I don’t just sign up for websites willy nilly even if its free.
    I’ve had a computer available for me to use since i was 5 and internet since the early 90s, and I don’t understand why the new site is necessary.
    I’m a BIG fan of if its not broken don’t fix it!

    Comment by Katbird_27 | March 13, 2011 | Reply

    • Hello

      You will still be able to access all you are able to access now without signing up.

      Signing up will give people access to profiles, commenting, bookmarking items, and other features.

      The new site will be much easier to use, even if people don’t sign up for an account.

      Comment by Tom Disher | March 13, 2011 | Reply

  5. The preview video has a glitch. It constantly pauses every few words.

    Comment by Robert | March 13, 2011 | Reply

  6. I’m looking forward to the new site! I have a small suggestion. Would it be possible to have photos of actual church people instead of stock photos of actors? I think it would give the site a more “honest” feel, if you know what I mean.

    Comment by Basil Kopey | March 13, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Basil

      When at all possible we use photos of real members, like on the WFW site and on the Feast site. The UYC media also includes all real members, as does this promo video.

      We use stock photos for a number of reasons. First, we don’t have a photographer on staff and we can’t get high quality shots of actual members very easily at all.

      Another issue we must deal with, unfortunately, is that sometimes people leave and/or become hostile against UCG. We don’t want them on the cover of a booklet or magazine when they’re actually opposed to the organization.

      Hope this clears things up for you.

      Comment by Tom Disher | March 15, 2011 | Reply

      • Thanks for the explanation, Tom! Good points.

        Comment by Basil Kopey | March 15, 2011 | Reply

  7. This is a fantastic way to go where the people are, and relate to their needs through serving them! People will find this site so useful, they will probably book mark it and be frequent users. I can also see how this will be a wonderful tool for those around the world that are some what isolated. Thanks!

    Comment by Celia Bradley | March 13, 2011 | Reply

  8. Is anyone planning on updating the UCG singles site? It is in dire need of repair!

    Comment by Hope | March 14, 2011 | Reply

  9. I tried to watch the promo, but it stalls after each word, continually. Something must be wrong?
    Hope you can get it working.

    Comment by Thomas J. Wilson | March 15, 2011 | Reply

  10. I also had problems with the video.I tried the other link advised to Robert of 3/13/11 and I had to wait for the video to load,while on pause;and when it was completely loaded, it said READY.Only then would it play.The audio portion was good but the video portion was jerky and sporadic.

    Comment by BOB | April 8, 2011 | Reply


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