Build Your Own Club Web Site

By Ty Arthur

  • Overview

    As a club grows in size it can be become more difficult to spread news and meeting information by phone or e-mail. Building a website for your club can be an efficient solution. Each member can check the site on their own to find out the latest information. Although you will need at least some knowledge of HTML to build your site, many web hosts have pre-built templates to help you.
    Build Your Own Club Web Site
    • Step 1

      Decide whether you want to use a web hosting solution that has pre-built templates meant for club websites, or if you would rather have more control over your site and build from the ground up using programs such as HTML or Javascript.
    • Step 2

      Use a free web hosting solution if you have a small club that won't get much traffic and you don't mind using a pre-generated domain name. Choose a web hosting company that charges a monthly fee if you expect to have more than 100 visitors on your site per day, you want to choose your own specific domain name, or you need extra features like more storage space and extra e-mail addresses.

    • Step 3

      Complete the registration process for your chosen web site host. Go through the host's pre-built templates and choose one that most closely matches the theme of your club if you won't be building the site from scratch. Choose the option to edit the "Index.html" file in your host's file manager and add in your own specific text to the template.
    • Step 4

      Access your web host's file manager and upload any logo your club has. Open up the "Index.html" file if you want to build the website from scratch and remove any pre-built HTML code already there. Add in the opening and closing <head> and <body> tags and then use the <IMG SRC> tag to add your club's logo at the top of the page.
    • Step 5

      Create additional small images in a program such as Photoshop or Paint that have text inside them indicating the different areas of your site, such as "News" or "Event." Upload the images and then add them to your main page using the <IMG SRC> tag. Place the tag inside an <a href> tag to set them as links to other portions of the site. Add in regular text explaining what your club does, when it meets, and any special updates.
    • Step 6

      Save the changes to the "Index.html" file and then navigate to your website to ensure your changes are displaying the way that you want them to.
    • Step 7

      E-mail all of your club members and let them know about the new website so that they can check it regularly for club news.
    • Skill: Moderate
    • Ingredients:
    • Internet connection
    • Tip: If you don't have the time to learn a markup language such as HTML and your web host doesn't have a club template there are many online sources that sell pre-made club templates that you can simply copy and paste into your website.
    • Tip: There are many websites that offer free HTML and Javascript tools for club websites, such as interactive calendars or links to add users to an e-mail list for important club updates.
    • Warning:
    • Make sure that your club doesn't break any of the rules of your web hosting company's terms of service as many web hosts prohibit user's from displaying nudity, sexual content, violence, or anything that would encourage hate crimes.

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