How Did They Do That: Calendars

Sports organizations are constantly searching for ways to improve scheduling and communication. While most clubs try to remind members of upcoming schedule changes through word of mouth, one of the newest organizations to join the Demosphere Network is taking advantage of the new content types within the WebWriter® Content Management System to keep their schedules organized and always available.

Palm Beach Premier FC is proof that there’s no such thing as too organized when it comes to practice and game schedules. The organization has an entire page dedicated to their Practice Schedule Spring calendar, making sure all of their members are aware of the schedule weeks in advance!

Practice ScheduleWant to create calendars of your own to keep your schedules this neat?

Here’s how it’s done:

1. Add New Content

The WebWriter® CMS lets administrators add nine variations of new content types to their website. To create the schedule as seen above, select the Calendar option. The System allows for the control of multiple calendars within multiple departments.

Add Content

2. Set Up Tags

Demosphere’s calendars utilize a tagging system. Delegate which events you’d like to appear on each calendar by adding tags.

For example, an administrator might create a calendar on the “Practice Schedule” page and want it to display only events specific to practices. During the creation of the calendar, the administrator would set the calendar to show items with a “practice” tag.

On a separate page, like the Home Page, the administrator might want a calendar to display upcoming events from both the practice calendar and games calendar. In that case, they would set the calendar to show all upcoming events with the tags “practice” and “game.”

Calendar Title

3. Choose The Display

The WebWriter® calendars can be displayed as fully-formatted calendars, lists of upcoming events, or as links. Simply select which display option you’d like to have on your page by toggling between the choices.

Calendar Display

4. Publish Content

The system allows three different publishing options for all types of content. The calendar can be displayed immediately to Public View, kept Pending to be published at a later date, or can be set to public for a certain timeframe for time sensitive information.

Publishing Options

5. Add Events

Once a calendar is published, create events by clicking on a date on the calendar and customizing the length of time, description, and event tag to determine which calendar(s) the event will appear on.

Since Palm Beach Premier FC wanted the even “U8 – U10 – U12 – U14” to appear on the practice calendar they included the “practice” event tag. To have this event appear on multiple calendars, they would simply need to include additional tags.

Calendar information includes Google/iCal importing and exporting capabilities
Creating Events

Enjoy An Organized Season

Add an unlimited number of events to your organization’s calendars throughout the season.

Published events can be viewed by members of your organization in a daily, weekly, or monthly calendar view as they click on a highlighted date – making sure each member is aware of upcoming events at all times.

Event As Schedule

Keep up the good work Palm Beach Premier FC!

Interested in more information about the WebWriter® Content Management System or how to create calendars of your own? Reach out to Demosphere today at sales@blog.demosphere.com for a free demo!

 

Low-Cost Websites – Can Google Find Them Easily?

Free or low cost websites perform poor in page discovery.Have a free or low-cost website? Did you know that many of them do not adhere to some crucial website best practices?

When trying to determine where to rank content in search results, Google (and other search engines) look to a number criteria. Page URL, Page Title, and Page Description are three ranking factors that provide important clues about what can be found on that page.

Page URL

Your domain, www.xyzsportsclub.org, is what appears in the address bar when someone goes to your site. When you go to a sub page, how is that page named?

For example, if I went to the “Recreation Soccer” page, the page URL should be something like: xyzsportsclub.org/Recreation-Soccer/.

For many free or low cost websites, it’s not. Instead, it’s something like xyzsportsclub.org/Default.aspx?tabid=576439. Do you think that gives Google a good indication of what’s on that page?

Page Title

The title of the page should also provide Google another clue as to what’s on this page. An ideal title for our Recreation Soccer page might be “Recreation Soccer | XYZ Sports Club. Too often, it’s simply “Recreation Soccer” or even “Welcome To Recreation Soccer”, which is OK, but not great – it could be any Recreation Soccer page.

Page Description

Not generally seen by the public (except in search results), the page description offers a quick summary of what’s on the page. For many free or low cost sites, this area is simply left blank – or even worse, simply “Description”.

A good description might be something like “XYZ Sports Club offers Recreation Soccer programs to children ages 4-10 who live in the greater XYZ area.”

These three factors mean that the time you spend on producing great content for your site isn’t serving you as well as it could. To succeed in search results, be sure to look at the details of exactly what’s included in your website package – it’s possible that free or low cost option is costing you new business.

Controlling Visitor Paths – Editing Drop Downs

Optimizing the path of your website viewer is extremely important. What are the key areas of content you want to focus on? How do you see users interacting with your site?

Many organizations now use top level navigation with drop downs to allow users to dive into a specific content area very quickly. Through some analysis with an analytics tool like Google Analytics, an administrator can see how much traffic each link receives.

If you are currently using Demosphere’s WebWriter® Website System to manage your site, you have the ability to make adjustments to drop down paths on an as-needed basis. If a new content area is added or an under-utilized one needs to be removed, you can make that adjustment quickly and easily.

Please see the video below for step-by-step instructions!