How to set up a web site for
(If you already have a club site, click
here for some tips on maintaining it)
There is now a free and easy way to set up a web site for your club.
Just go to
and follow the simple directions. Here's a list
of clubs that have already done so - if they can do it, you can
The only downside to these web sites is that you end up with a
cumbersome domain name, or URL. (URL stands for Universal Resource
Locator, and it's what folks have to type into their web browser to get to
your web site.)
But for the very reasonable cost of about $10/year, you can solve this
You can buy a URL and have it forwarded automatically to the actual
lionwap domain name. There are quite a few places where you can buy it,
but I've had good luck with GoDaddy.com.
Their prices are reasonable, and their tech support is generally
Here's how to do it:
Go to godaddy.com.
Where it says "Enter a domain name," type in yourcitylions.
(Domain names are not case-sensitive.) Use the drop-down arrow to change
the suffix from .com to
"search". If the domain is not available, try variations
When it shows it's available, click "add". Then click
"continue to registration" (Along the way, they'll try to sell
you many variations; you can ignore them all.)
On the registration page, create an account, fill out the info and
complete the purchase transaction. Buy it for at least 5 years.
When you're done, call 480-505-8877 (it's a 24/7 number) and ask
them to walk you through how to automatically forward your new URL to the
long one. For no extra charge, they will also create a new e-mail address
for you (I would suggest "firstname.lastname@example.org")
and auto-forward that to your e-mail or anyone else's you choose.
Let me know if you have any problems, and please let me know when it's
done. Then read the tips on maintaining your web site
Jerry Gordon, 20Y2 Webmaster
on maintaining a web site
You should promote your club's web site every chance
you get. Your URL should be on your business card, your letterhead, your
club literature, your club newsletter, all ads and PR that appear in the
newspaper, any signs that you have posted around town, your e-mail
Note that you don't have to include "http://www."
in step 1, and you don't have to include it when you type it in to your
web browser. All you need is the "yourcitylions.org"
part (without the quotes). But you DO need the http://www.
when you're creating a link to your site or to a sub-page.
It's important to keep the content current. There's
nothing worse than going to a web site and finding that the Coming Soon section
includes events that happened six months ago.
you have at least one e-mail address on the site, preferably on the
"Contact Us" page. A common reason for visiting a web site
is to get an e-mail address to write to the club. And if someone does
write to you, respond promptly!
To create a professional impression, proof-read it
carefully. Better yet, have someone else proof-read it. Make sure
everything is spelled correctly (especially names), phone numbers and
e-mail address are correct, your grammar is right and all your hyper-links
work. (For some tongue-in-cheek proof-reading guidelines, click
Sometimes new web masters like to show their mastery by
using every font they have, but you're generally better off to stick with
one font. If you want a second font for emphasis or for titles, that's OK,
but don't get carried away.
two target audiences to keep in mind when you're creating
members (and Lions from other clubs) visit your site to get current
info about your activities, read your newsletter, get contact info for
an officer, etc.
(b) Potential members visit your
site to help them decide whether they're interested in membership or to
find out about the services you offer to the community.
So make sure that whatever is
on your site is appropriate for both groups.
Want to know how other
clubs do their web sites? Check
I'll add additional items here from time to time as I think of
them, so check back every so often. I also welcome any suggestions anyone
Rev date: Nov 24, 2009