BVIT: myClub/myWebsite - Sport Management Systems


Session 1

  • Updating your website
  • News, Images, Menus, Events
  • Membership Management
  • Where to get help

Session 2

  • Review of Session 1 & Questions
  • advanced Website & Membership Management

Objectives are to provide….

Websites and Communications for all levels of the sport

  • National, State, Local levels
  • Ability for non-technical specialists to update information
  • Total control over all aspects of the site
  • Complete ownership of each site by each organisation

National Database

  • Clubs, Officials, Umpires, Scorers
  • Player Stats (to be implemented 1Q 2004)

Each Club/State has their own identity

Design objectives of MyWebsite

  • Each site has it’s own unique name and “look”
  • If a person has the skills to use Microsoft Word or Excel, they have the skills to maintain the site
  • Any piece of information should only be “touched” once
  • No need to remove old news and move to an archive section

Complete control by users over:

  • Text, Images, Menus, Calendar, Results, Downloadable files

HTML experience not required

  • But can be of use if you are a web techie

Website Construction

Choose a design that you like

  • Only done once – can easily be changed

Add some text

  • This could be a news items

Add some photographs

Setup the menu

Other tasks

  • Put an Excel spreadsheet or Word document onto the site
  • Setup an Event

image library 




No need to size or format images on the PC

  • Although uploading a 6 Mega Pixel file is time consuming and may timeout if you have a slow line

Adding to the image library 

  • Uploads the image to the web server
  • Re sizes to the correct size if the image is too large in either direction
  • Creates a thumbnail
  • Adds a Caption, Full Description, Photographer information to the database
  • Optionally links it to an event
  • Makes it available to all other websites
  • Can only be updated from the site that added the image

Navigation (Menus)

Once a site gets to a certain size, the Navigation becomes extremely important

Editing the menus is done online

  • Ability to modify any level of menus

Also allows automatic generation of a Site Map

Can link to:

  • Other pages within the site
  • Lower level menus (I.e. menus, within menus for large sites)
  • Files on the website (Word documents, Excel spreadsheets)
  • Web “Services” – Programs on the server that are available to all sites – e.g. National News, Searches, Calendar, etc

Compact Menu – e.g. Edit Site Settings




Full Page Menu – for Large Sites


Full Page Menu – with introduction


A shared national calendar of events

Each site only shows events relevant to their organisation

Different displays, and links to download to a PC with compatible software

  • Outlook, Express, other late model email clients

How to design & construct your website

Draw a hierarchical diagram of your site

  • Initially limit it to about 10 pages
  • Think about how it will be in 10 years time, and allow for that now
  • E.g. Some information is fairly static, e.g. Constitution, while others are repetitive
  • Look at other large sporting sites

Create the lower level pages and work you way up

  • Design from the top down, but construct from the bottom up”

Don’t get too ambitious

  • If you have more than 10 pages, you are too ambitious
  • Launch the site with just the 10 pages after a week, don’t have a 3 month development process (it will never be finished!)

Don’t form a committee

Don’t put “Under Construction” – just leave it off

If it isn't right the first time – you can always change it

A Question of Style

The “Style Sheet” is a central location for all the font colours, sizes, etc

  • Provides a consistent look to the site
  • Allows you to easily change the look of the entire site

MS Word & the online Editor can override the Style Sheet


  • Use the standard text in the editor
  • Use the Styles in the editor
  • Use the “Clean Code” in the editor when you cut/paste from MS Word

Suggest that you Don’t

  • Use Size in the editor
  • Use Font, if you do then only for headings an never for normal text
  • Use Font colours for normal text – only for headings
  • You might change the template that you are using and it will look all wrong
  • Use background text colour