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  • Life Teen Staff 4:23 pm on February 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    We’re happy to share that we’ve made SIGNIFICANT progress on CatholicYouthMinistry.com over the last 5 weeks, much of which we shared play-by-play here on lifeteenupdate.com. However, we will no longer be updating this mini-blog with details about new features and fixes on the website. Of course, you’ll see CatholicYouthMinistry.com get better every day, but we don’t feel that it will be necessary to repeat our progress here on this blog.

    Thank you for your patience and encouragement through all of this!

     
  • Life Teen Staff 1:54 pm on February 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Known Issue: We’re aware that parishes are unable to Into the Deep, Life Teen Retreats, and Spotlight Magazine. We’re working on getting these resources back online.

     
  • Life Teen Staff 1:41 pm on February 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Cool Options for Browsing Life Nights 

    I hope that you all have enjoyed discovering downloadable resources online through our new Edge Support timeline and Life Support timeline. Now we have another option for discovering resources–through our “semester pages” that connect the USCCB’s Framework for Catechesis with catechetical Life Nights:

    Once you’ve navigated to a semester page, you’ll have two ways to sort the Life Nights. See below…

    Click here to see recent Life Support Shipments with Life Nights dedicated to this semester within the USCCB's framework.

    Click here to see recent Life Support Shipments with Life Nights dedicated to this semester within the USCCB’s framework.

    Click here to see the catechetical framework from the USCCB with options for Life Nights.

    Click here to see the catechetical framework from the USCCB with options for Life Nights.

     
  • Life Teen Staff 10:59 am on February 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Now Available for Download: College Life Resources 

    It’s here! http://catholicyouthministry.com/resources/college-life/
    Screenshot 2014-02-05 10.35.18

     
  • Life Teen Staff 10:05 am on February 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    New Feature: Edge Support Timeline, Life Support Timeline 

    We received a lot of feedback from parish leaders about features on CatholicYouthMinistry.com that would be useful. One that we’ve heard again and again was how much people enjoyed our Resource Timeline on the old version of the website. Well we are pleased to announce today that we’ve brought the timelines back for both Edge and Life Teen, and they’re easier to navigate than before!

    The resource timeline is a handy way to explore resources published over the last several years.

    The resource timelines are handy ways to explore resources published over the last several years.

    Click the links on the right to navigate to shipments of Life Support in years past.

    Click the links on the right to navigate to shipments of Life Support in years past.

     
  • Life Teen Staff 11:27 am on January 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Under Construction: Pardon Our Dust 

    We’re excited to share with you all some *ALL NEW* resource sections for Edge Support and Life Support. Until these sections are complete, some layouts on CatholicYouthMinistry.com will look a little unruly, but this is but a humble sign that good things are coming soon!

     
  • Life Teen Staff 3:58 pm on January 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Behind the scenes we are loading in all Edge Support and Life Support resources in our newly-built sections for Life Nights, Edge Nights, Liturgy Planning Guides, Retreats, Spotlight, etc. It’s a long process, but we’ve made great progress over the past two weeks.

     
  • Life Teen Staff 11:14 am on January 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    We had a great meeting this morning where we clicked through our new Video Resource pages for both Edge Support and Life Support. We still have some finishing touches to make before we share it with you all. It’s so hard to wait though! W

     
  • Life Teen Staff 3:31 pm on January 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Search Engine: LifeTeen.com + CatholicYouthMinistry.com 

    Have you seen our new search engine?

    Step 1) Click "Search" on the upper right corner of any Life Teen website.

    Step 1) Click “Search” on the upper right corner of any Life Teen website.

    Step 2) Type in your keywords and select "return" or click on the blue button with the magnifying glass.

    Step 2) Type in your keywords and select “return” or click on the blue button with the magnifying glass.

     
  • Life Teen Staff 11:03 am on January 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Fixed? Missing "Login" Button with Internet Explorer 

    We’ve heard from some of you that you can’t find the “Login” button on CatholicYouthMinistry.com when you’re using Internet Explorer. We believe that we have now resolved this issue so everyone should be able to login. Let us know if using IE and CatholicYouthMinistry.com gives you any more trouble.

    cym_login

     
  • Life Teen Staff 7:02 pm on January 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    End of Week Summary 

    Here is a quick summary of progress that we’ve made this week on CatholicYouthMinistry.com:

    • Search Engine for Resources – We now have a fully-functioning search engine just for Life Nights, Edge Nights, and Videos. It’s a handy tool that has gotten better with several upgrades since we launched it a couple days ago. Try it out! 
    • Building Better Resource Sections – Behind the scenes, we are rebuilding almost every section with Life Support and Edge Support. Our first project is the Resource Timelines for both Edge and Life Teen. These timelines will have details of what resource were in ever Edge Support and Life Support resource shipment over the last several years. They’re going to be big, beautiful pages with pretty pictures and a gazillion links. Once these timelines are launched, we’re building new Edge Support and Life Support home pages.
    • Phone Conversations! – This week I’ve spent a lot of time on the phone with youth ministers around the country helping resolve some password issues.
    • Planning New Video Pages – Earlier today I gave you all a sneak peek of some new video pages that we’re building behind the scenes right now. We’re super excited to share these with all of you!
    • Filming Online Training Videos – While all of this is happening, members of our staff flew in from around the country to film a new series of online training videos. We planned these trainings in October of 2013, filmed this week, and they’ll be edited in February and March. We hope to start rolling these out on CatholicYouthMinistry.com later this spring.

    So it’s been a blessed, productive week. I hope that you all have wonderful weekends! Enjoy Life Night on Sunday and Edge Nights too!

     
  • Life Teen Staff 3:59 pm on January 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Sneak Peek: New Video Home Page 

    We had an exciting video conference today talking about new page layouts and functionality for our video resources over on CatholicYouthMinistry.com. Here’s a couple sketches that hint the direction that we’re going.

    Video Resource homepage, upper half

    Video Resource homepage, upper half

    Video Resource homepage, lower half

    Video Resource homepage, lower half

     
  • Life Teen Staff 3:46 pm on January 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    We’ve received communications from a lot of you all that you were having trouble finding the “Epic” video that pairs well with the Life Night called “Divine Design.” We’ve fixed some errors and you can now find the video here.

     

    "You would do that for me??"

    “You would do that for me??”

     
  • Life Teen Staff 9:44 am on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Updated: Resource Search (Beta) 

    After some intense troubleshooting yesterday, we were able to fix the resource search tool. Now you can use the drop-down menu to select different options:

    • Search All Resources
    • Search Edge Nights
    • Search Life Nights
    • Search Videos.

    Give it a try!

    resource_search_bar_dropDown

     
  • Life Teen Staff 10:33 am on January 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Resource Search (Beta) 

    Last night we launched a new search tool all of our online resources. This means that you can search by keyword (i.e. Eucharist, chastity, salvation) and get matchings results from Edge Nights and Life Nights. (We know there is a glitch where the drop-down menu selection doesn’t stay when you select just Edge Nights, Life Nights, or videos. We’ll have that fixed soon.)

    See it in action: Resource Search

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    • John 12:51 pm on January 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      search engine is still not working properly.

      • Matt Smith, Life Teen 2:22 pm on January 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Hi John! Great to hear from you. We know that the options for searching just Life Nights or just Edge Nights isn’t “sticking.” Other than that, what are the errors that you’re seeing?

    • Matt Smith, Life Teen 9:45 am on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      The issue of the drop-down menu not “sticking” has now been fixed. See update

  • Life Teen Staff 2:15 pm on January 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Had a great conversation with Laura, a new Youth Minister at St. Pius X in Pennsylvania today. It’s always fun when a “tech support email” turns into a phone conversations between two new friends. Laura–we’re happy to have you in the Life Teen Family!! Glad you’re now able to access Life Teen resources on CatholicYouthMinistry.com.

     
  • Life Teen Staff 2:13 pm on January 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Progress: User Experience Ideas for CYM Resources 

    A great meeting today with Mark Hart, Ryan Miller, and myself to brainstorm about how to make the Life Support and Edge Support resource sections on CatholicYouthMinistry.com more fun and easy-to-use. Here’s a sneak peak from some Ryan’s brainstorm sketches.

    cym_wireframes

     
    • Janet Payton 5:45 am on January 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Wondering where I might find the Life Teen logo pack and graphic for the LT theme of the year or have these not been added to the new site yet?

      • Matt Smith, Life Teen 2:24 pm on January 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Janet – Thanks for reaching out to us. I can email you the Life Teen logo pack. Can you send an email to webmaster@lifeteen.com and I’ll reply back to you? I will have to look into the 2014 theme of “Inspired” and see what we have for that. I look forward to you email!!

        • Janet Payton 10:20 am on January 29, 2014 Permalink

          Thanks, Matt. I sent you an email a couple of days ago.

  • Life Teen Staff 1:48 pm on January 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Right now we’re testing behind-the-scenes a new Search feature just the online resources for CatholicYouthMinistry.com. Our goal is to let you type in quick keywords (e.g. trinity, Lent, partying) and get search results of all the Edge Nights and Life Nights that relate to those keywords. Once the feature is functioning well, we’ll roll it out on the website for you to try.

     
  • Life Teen Staff 9:59 am on January 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Reviewing Feedback from Youth Ministers, Music Ministers, and Pastors 

    Yesterday Ryan Miller and I hosted a meeting with our two teams who work closest with parishes, Catechetical Support and Parish Support Team, to discuss feedback that you all have shared with them through emails, phone calls, and personal conversations over the last 8 weeks of using CatholicYouthMinistry.com.

    We heard about you all have been asking for:

    1. Better search functionality
    2. Bringing back the “resource timeline”
    3. Making the Edge Support and Life Support resource sections overall easier-to-use.  Things as they are today can be confusing.

    That meeting was yesterday. And today we began working on each of these items. We’ll let you know here on LifeTeenUpdate.com when each of these upgrades have been tested and then launched live on CatholicYouthMinistry.com.

    (Special thanks to all of you for clearing out your schedule on such a short notice: Amanda, Joel, Joe, Tricia, Steve, and Randy.)

     
  • Life Teen Staff 11:38 am on January 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Fixed: All Known Login Issues 

    We did some major work over the weekend testing the to make sure that every Edge and Life Teen parish is able to login to CatholicYouthMinistry.com. We posted a couple weeks ago that we were confident that issues were resolved but we wanted to be as close to 100% sure as possible.

    We ran a series of tests totaling 2000 login attempts, and all 2000 were successful.  That means you should login successfully every time!

    What if it’s still funky when I login? It doesn’t say my parish name on the upper right after I login? 

    Clear out your browser’s cache.

    If that doesn’t solve your problem, then email us and we’ll look into it: webmaster@lifeteen.com

     
  • Life Teen Staff 3:44 pm on January 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    “Steubenville Conference Here We Come!” 

    Online registration for Steubenville Atlanta, Steubenville East, and Steubenville West begins Monday, January 13th at 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time.

    Everyone loves Steubenville Conferences!

     
  • Life Teen Staff 12:28 pm on January 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Fixed: Edge Social Nights and Issue Nights are Now Online 

    We’ve resolved a glitch that we discovered yesterday. Now all Edge Life Nights are viewable and able to download online: Catechetical Nights, Issue Nights, and Social Nights.

     
  • Life Teen Staff 3:13 pm on January 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    This afternoon we posted a big link on the homepage of CatholicYouthMinistry.com that brings people right here to LifeTeenUpdate.com. If this is your first time here, then welcome to you my friend. This little blog will keep you updated about what errors we’re fixing with online access to resources in Edge Support, Life Support Resources, as well as general fixed to CatholicYouthMinistry.com. Leave us a comment by clicking “Reply” on the upper right of this box.

    New Link on CYM

     
  • Life Teen Staff 2:26 pm on January 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    This morning we bought LifeTeenUpdate.com so that it’s easier for everyone to find this blog. So now you don’t have to type in lifeteenupdate.wordpress.com

     
  • Life Teen Staff 10:33 am on January 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Edge   

    Known Issue: Edge Social and Issue Nights Missing 

    Had a great conversation this morning with Katie Heller (@LT_KatieH) and Amanda Grubbs (@LT_AmandaG) about recent phone calls and emails that we’ve received from you all. We understand that Issue Nights and Social Nights are missing from Edge Support. We will fix this ASAP.

    Update 01/10/14, 12:24pm

    This issue has been resolved!

     
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