Demosphere and Copper Mountain Rec Soccer Expand Partnership

Pictured (left to right): Ted Sonnenburg (CMS), Camille Cheatwood (Demosphere), Racquel Augat (CMS)
Pictured (left to right): Ted Sonnenburg (CMS), Camille Cheatwood (Demosphere), Racquel Augat (CMS)

Demosphere’s Senior Account Manager, Camille Cheatwood, recently made the trip to beautiful Utah to meet with the Copper Mountain Soccer (CMS) team to discuss an expansion of our partnership. Our enhanced solutions will include creation of a new youth soccer website to help in their re-branding efforts to their newly re-envisioned Copper Mountain Rec Soccer name.

While in Utah, Cheatwood met with the CMS team for a working session to review best practices relative to our current partnership which includes online player registration and league scheduling tools. This streamlined solution is vital to the success of their organization, and with the addition of a new and improved website, Demosphere plans to help CMS reach their goal of being a premier, fully integrated, youth soccer club.

Demosphere is proud to support the efforts of Copper Mountain Soccer in achieving their mission to provide a place where all children have an opportunity to learn the sport of soccer and to have fun doing it. Demosphere’s goal is to provide leading-edge, integrated technology solutions to youth sports organizations to allow partners to focus more on what matters most: creating programs that help grow and develop our youth through sport.

If you’re interested to learn more about what Demosphere can do to help your organization #GetIntegrated, contact us today!

Demosphere Unveils a New Look for demosphere.com

Demosphere Youth Sports LogoFalls Church, VA – April 4, 2017 – Demosphere is thrilled to unveil their new website: demosphere.com. The site was launched on Friday, March 31st with some tweaks and maintenance over the weekend prior to the official launch announcement.

“This has been a long time coming.” said Demosphere’s Executive Vice President, Kris Baker. “We wanted our website to speak to our core values and our previous site was just not hitting the mark. Our mission as an organization is based on four core pillars of strength: Experience, Authenticity, Integrity and Community. We want people to think of these values when they think of Demosphere, and this new site is a huge step in the right direction for us.”

“I’m excited that we’ve brought our website back in house.” continues Kris. “For many years, blog.demosphere.com was hosted externally using the WordPress platform and it was always something that didn’t quite sit right with me.”

Senior Vice President of Product Development, Miles Baker, played a crucial role in the design and development of the new site. “We wanted the new website to reflect not only our core values through content, but also use it to highlight Demosphere’s professional design capabilities. Striking the right balance of clear content delivery with a clean and sophisticated design is what we pride ourselves on. This move helps us showcase one of the many ways we can help our clients do the same.”

Additionally, bringing the website in-house allows Demosphere to take full advantage of their own premier CMS platform features.

“We need to be able to quickly and efficiently update the content of our site to continue sharing the most up-to-date and relevant information with the youth sports community. This was always a challenge for our non-technical staff to manage on our previous WordPress platform,” added Kris.

With user-friendly features such as drag and drop content management, mobile responsive views, SEO-optimization, creation of articles on the fly, a robust calendar tagging system, and much more; all levels of users can poise themselves as web masters for their organization using the Demosphere platform.

Heidi Snead, Director of Project Management, helped spearhead the website re-launch project. “This is great news for our customers because as our own organizational needs grow and evolve, so will the features and usability of the system that’s relied upon by more than a thousand organizations every day.”

If you’re ready to upgrade your website to a design that is personalized, focused on content delivery, and professional, check out Demosphere’s integrated solutions today.

About Demosphere:

Demosphere International, Inc. is an Information Technology company based in Northern Virginia that has catered to the technology needs of youth sports organizations for over 26 years. Demosphere strives to provide authentic industry-leading technology solutions for organized sports, accommodating the needs of all levels of organizations and all levels of users, with an ethical approach to how they impact the greater community. For more information on Demosphere, visit the company’s website at demosphere.com.

Browse & Set Templates In The New Template Manager

A new name isn’t the only update to the Page Templates section in the WebWriter® Dashboard!

The newly titled Template Manager section displays a split-screen window that houses Template Listings and Template Settings.

The dual-purpose section not only displays all templates available to the site, it also allows Administrators to set their Template Settings for all three design levels (Home, Department, and Default).

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If you have any questions please contact Demosphere’s Support Team at support@blog.demosphere.com.

Every Site Is Easy-To-Navigate With WebWriter!

Primary Website Goal: help website visitors find the content they’re looking for as quickly as possible.

Something as simple as placing your navigational menu in a common location on the site – either horizontally across the top or vertically down the side – can save your visitors significant search time.

Using obvious labels that describe what will be found on each page can help keep visitors on the appropriate page for longer periods of time.

Having too many items in your navigation bar can be overwhelming to users. Narrowing down the options to seven (or fewer) assures each page receives ample attention from visitors in their decision making process.

Does your site’s current navigation follow the above best practices?

Make sure your website is user-friendly and easy to navigate by constructing intuitive navigation menus of your own.

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Start From Scratch

An often overlooked yet effective way to build your navigation menu from scratch begins with the Site Map.

Demosphere suggests constructing your site’s departments in the Site Map section before creating the navigation menu on your page for two main reasons:

  • Building the Site Map can give a clear description of the site’s layout in one visual and an idea of how your site will flow. Drag-and-drop to rearrange departments and subdepartments to solidify the infrastructure before adding menus.
  • Creating your Site Map before setting up your navigation can facilitate the process when adding menu items. Menu items can be drawn directly from a completed Site Map rather than manually added.

Site Map

Manage Design Templates

Once your Site Map has been set up, begin building your navigation menu within the Page Templates section.

After the navigation has been created in one of the templates it can be cloned in the remaining templates. You will not have to rebuild the navigation menu for each.

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Select one of the templates to work with and locate the top horizontal navigation menu. If a menu already exists within the navigation bar, click the blue edit button in the righthand corner to make changes to the existing options.

If no menu exists, create a brand new menu by clicking the green Add Content button and select the Navigation Module option.

A Menu Display Preview dialog will appear, allowing you to set your menu items, publish options, and clone instances.

Build With Item Types

Menu items can be built directly in this window with three different Item Types.

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Menus can be built using Links or grouping pages in SubMenus. Adding pages as links on the menu bar will redirect visitors to that page when the item is clicked. Submenus will display dropdown menus when a visitor hovers over the item.

Links appear next to a blue link symbol in the Menu Builder, while SubMenus appear next to a folder image with green dropdown arrows.

However, if you have already created your Site Map, selecting the Copy from Site Map option can cut down the time spent creating menus.

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When using the Copy from Site Map item type, you are able to Select a Department from your pre-made Site Map. Selecting one of the departments will automatically add the department, as well as links and subdepartments associated with that department.

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For example, copying the Travel department from the Site Map will also add the Boys and Girls subdepartments along with their corresponding links.

Copy each department from the Site Map to the navigation menu options to save time manually adding link URLs and duplicating the Site Map structure.

Once the navigation menu has been saved, menu items will appear on your page as links and dropdowns according to the specifications that have been set in your Menu Builder.

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For more information on your website’s navigation and menu items contact Demosphere Support at support @ blog.demosphere.com!

How Many Clicks Are Your Sponsor Links Getting?

statisticsWhether to provide statistics to current sponsors, to persuade future sponsors to advertise on your page, or just out of curiosity – knowing how many clicks your website sponsor links are accumulating can be a helpful tidbit of information.

Easily track your sponsors’ links with this simple, proper link setup!

1. Create Your Link Code

The general link structure required by the WebWriter® Content Management System is:

<a href=”http://www.blog.demosphere.com/” onClick=”ga(‘send’, ‘event’, { eventCategory: ‘Link’, eventAction: ‘Demosphere’, eventLabel: ‘Website’});”>

  • Substitute the URL that you would like to track for www.blog.demosphere.com.
  • Replace the eventAction with an indicating keyword.

*Tip: Sponsors may find it helpful to track links for themselves rather than relying on the advertising organization. Demosphere recommends sponsors provide custom URLs via the Google URL builder to help them properly track where each click is coming from.

For example, rather than providing www.blog.demosphere.com, supply www.blog.demosphere.com/?utm_source=Sponsor&utm_medium=Website&utm_campaign=Sponsorship1 (made using the Google URL builder).

2. Use Javascript

If your organization is working on the most recent version of the WebWriter® CMS platform, the code can be added to a new “Raw Code” content item.

The first step in putting together your raw code is to combine your tracking link with an image. Take the code created above and insert code for the image of your choice:

<img src=”http://blog.demosphere.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/25thyear.png” a href=”http://www.blog.demosphere.com/” onClick=”ga(‘send’, ‘event’, { eventCategory: ‘Link’, eventAction: ‘Demosphere’, eventLabel: ‘Website’});”>

Swap out the http://blog.demosphere.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/25thyear.png with the URL for the sponsorship image you’d like to track.

Once image URL and tracking code are in place, code needs to be added to make the image a link when clicked:

<a href=”http://www.blog.demosphere.com/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://blog.demosphere.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/25thyear.png” a href=”http://www.blog.demosphere.com/” onClick=”ga(‘send’, ‘event’, { eventCategory: ‘Link’, eventAction: ‘Demosphere’, eventLabel: ‘Website’});”></a>

Make sure the URL (http://www.blog.demosphere.com/) added in this section matches the URL in the tracking code.

Raw-Code-Tracking

If you’re working on an older version of WebWriter, once the link is complete in Step 1, you’ll need to reach out to the Demosphere Support Team to have your code added to the JavaScript section of your Sponsor Images.

3. Connect Google Analytics

Within your Google Analytics page, track the link in the Events section.

Under the Behavior category find the Events option. Based on your link structure, track the clicks by Event Category, Event Action, or Event Label.

Based on the above link example:

  • Event Category: Link
  • Event Action: Demosphere
  • Event Label: Website

Google-Analytics-Event

For assistance setting up your link tracking and Google Analytics contact Demosphere at support @ blog.demosphere.com!