Changing portal settings

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The portal provides an easy way to give members of your church a way to register for events, small groups and to fill in forms. They can also give online, purchase resources, update their contact details, and browse the church directory all from the online portal. If the portal is not enabled, then none of these items are accessible for people without UCare access.

The first thing is to set up your church name and the portal header; you can enter your church name or a logo here. You can also include an optional welcome message that can explain to portal visitors what it is and how they can best make use of it.

Tip: An "update your details" form is displayed on the welcome page. If people enter their email address and it is listed in UCare, then they will receive an email with a link to a secure form where they can update their details.

 

 

UCare contains options to embed most of these options into your main church website, but this has a few issues for some churches. First, you need someone who knows how to modify your existing website to add the integration points. Second, many of these options are sending sensitive personal or credit card payment over the internet. As such, your website should be running on HTTPS to keep this data secure. If these issues seem too much for your skills, or you just want to get the online experience set up as quickly as possible, then the portal is for you. You can choose to enable as much or as little of the portal as you need, and adding the next option is as simple a flicking a switch and clicking save.

Note: After you make changes it can take up to 60 seconds for the change to show up.

 

Show events

Enabling this option will show a list of published events. If you have a payment provider configured, and have set up event sections then people will be able to book and pay for tickets and have them delivered directly to their inbox.

Show stores

Enabling this options will show a list of published stores. Selecting one of the stores will show all the products in that store, and allow the visiting person to make any purchases they want.

Show groups

Enabling this option will show a list of published groups. People can view all the details about each group, select a group that they are interested, and send a message directly to the group leader. This is done without risking the security of the group leader or their contact information.

Group terms

You can include a message here, a set of terms and conditions so to speak that people must agree to before they can ask to join a group.

Show people directory

Enabling this options will allow church members to access a directory of contact information for other members of your church. The Show Photos option controls if people's photos are displayed in the directory, and the "Directory group" option specifies a group of people to display in the directory. People must be a group member to be able to access the group.

Show forms

Enabling this option will show a list of published forms. People can fill in a form and the response will be saved in UCare. If the person entered their name, email or phone number and that matched an existing person in UCare, then the form response will be linked to their profile. If not, a new profile will be added to UCare.

Show giving

Enabling this option will display a form where people can make donations via credit card. Once their credit card has been successfully charged they will be sent a receipt for their payment. The Giving Message option allows you to add a custom message to people that are giving. This can be helpful in providing needed instruction about online giving, or so that you can also provide bank account details in case the person does not feel comfortable giving online.

 

Advanced

While the design of the portal is consistent with the rest of UCare, this may look out of place compared to your website. If so, a custom CSS file can be specified to alter the design of the form, though you will need the help of someone with CSS skills to customize the design.

 

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