ShopWELS Welcomes James Imaging Systems

There have been a number of changes over the past few months as we continue to find good partners who can provide value to WELS organizations who seek savings and being the best stewards they can be. In this issue of the ShopWELS Insider we have one more new vendor to introduce -- James Imaging Systems. We say "new", but they are really an old friend. The Synod Administration Building has used James for their copier needs for many years. So it is a natural fit that they join the ShopWELS program to offer their Toshiba line of copiers to all corners of the synod.

As with most of our partners, we have pre-negotiated prices that are based typical equipment needs, and made sure that their products and services are available nationwide--even though they are based in Southeast Wisconsin. We can say from personal experience that their products are reliable and their service is excellent. We are glad to have them on board. Just go to James Imaging Systems to learn more about their offerings and view pricing.

FinalWeb Training Again Offered

It has been a few years since we have offered FinalWeb training, which is our synods preferred website hosting partner. So this summer we will again offer four days of in-depth training to cover basic operation, set up and maintenance of your FinalWeb websites. The training dates are set for July 29 - Aug. 1, 2014 at the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry in Waukesha, Wis. More FinalWeb training information can be found on University. You can sign up for all four days or any combination of days. Day One will be a focused class for teachers, Day Two for Beginners, Day Three for Intermediates, and Day Four for Advanced Webmasters.

FinalWeb has recently changed the interface for maintaining their sites, and they have also added a number of new features and templates. The class will allow for group and personalized instruction so you can work on your site and finish the week with a new and/or improved site. The cost is $49 per day or $129 for three days. Breakfast and lunch are provided, along with a nice set of training documents that will help you long after the class is over.

By Martin Spriggs, WELS chief technology officer