CREATING A BASIC LIONS CLUB WEBSITE UTILIZING LCI e-ClubhousePRE-FORMATTEDTEMPLATES AND TUTORIALS Presenter: ZC L. Doug Harris Zone Chair MD21C Editor: ‘The Ponderosan Newsletter’ Webmaster: www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/overgaardazandwww.ponderosalionsclub.com
LIONS CLUBS WEBSITE STATISTICS NUMBER OF WORLDWIDE LCI CHARTERED LIONS CLUBS:46,497* (* Number of total worldwide clubs eff. 10/28/2012) NUMBER OF MD21 LCI CHARTERED LIONS CLUBS: 125 NUMBER OF MD21 LIONS CLUBS e-CLUBHOUSE SITES**: 52 (41.6%) **NUMBER OF MD21 WEBSITESNOTROUTINELY UPDATED OR MAINTAINED: 37 (29.6%) 47.2%OF MD21 LIONS CLUBS ARE NOT ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB!
Q: WHY BOTHER HAVING A WEBSITE? • In today’s world ‘social media’ like Facebook, Flickr, Linkedin, MySpace, Twitter, Tumblr, Orkut (by Google), StumbleUpon, Delicious and Blogger are fast becoming the accepted method of mass communications (just ask USPS). All clubs are scrambling to expand their membership. A club who is not active in the ‘social media’ world (including web presence) is considered obsolete and most likely will not be able to sign up the younger crowd into their club. When anyone wants to know something about a topic or event, the first place to go is the internet or social website. It is imperative that Lions Clubs have up-to-date presence on the internet to survive! LCI now even charters CYBER LIONS CLUBS! • A website also assists in giving the local community at large a source of accurate information when donations are solicited or voluntarily made to the club. A website provides more security than FaceBook, Flickr, Linkedin, MySpace, Twitter, Tumblr and Blogging. • e-Clubhouse has programmed into the site a Members Only password protected area whereby information pertinent to only your club members can be accessed with both user name (your email address) and a single password created by your Webmaster (that can be easily changed on a regular basis for security).
TOOLS REQUIRED TO CREATE AND UPLOAD A WEBSITE PC OR LAPTOP $$$ INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER (ISP) $$$ RESERVE DOMAIN NAME WITH MONTHLY/YEARLY FEES $$$ WEBSITE CREATION SOFTWARE (or HTML programmer) $$$ WEB SPACE RENTAL FROM SERVER (aka WEB HOSTING) $$$ ABILITY TO GO INTO SITE AND UPDATE $$$ NO COSTS WITH e-Clubhouse FIXED CLUB COSTS INCURRED
- LIONS CLUB WEB DESIGN HISTORY- Free Web design for Lions Clubs was created in 1995 by a volunteer group of international HTML programmers under LionNet. Sites developed in 2000 under the name LionWAP (Wireless Application Protocol) was re-introduced at the 2006 USA/CANADA Forum using a similar sample template through the dedicated efforts of LionNet . Then in 2009e-Clubhousewas launched.
The previousMD21 web site was created utilizing LionNet called a LionNet Node (aka connecting point). This is one of the initial eighteen nodes created for the United States.
Today’s MD21 Website was created using ‘WORDPRESS’ open sourcing software.
LCI 2009 e-Clubhouse website-building software now offers EXCELLENT step-by-step tutorials, fill-in-the-blank fields and pre-formatted templates to assist you along the way. In every case you will be given examples of choices available for you to complete a particular task. Unlike previous LCI/LionNet Node website development, knowledge of computer HTML (or HTML 5) code programming is NO LONGER a requirement to develop a club web site!
WHAT IS HTML CODE? HYPERTEXT MARKUP LANGUAGE or the standardized method (programming) by which web browsers can interpret and compose text, images and other material into visual or audible web pages. • (Example) • <IMG SRC="we_serve1.gif" HEIGHT=202 WIDTH=221 ALIGN=LEFT><BR> <CENTER> <B><FONT SIZE=+4>Federation City Lions Club</FONT></B> <BR> <B><FONT SIZE=-1>Pardon our appearance ... <IMG SRC="undercon.gif" HEIGHT=38 WIDTH=38> we're still building this site !</FONT></B></P> </CENTER> • (Yields)
Federation City Lions ClubPardon our appearance ... we're still building this site ! (Font reduced to fit on slide)
With today’s updated software technology of e-Clubhouse your finished website home page (and additional pages) can be a simple one with a white background….
Or a simple website with a blue background as these are your only background choices through e-Clubhouse.
You will observe that in every case the HOME PAGE (also known as the index.html page) will be required to have the LCI information shown on the side offering a plethora of LCI information. This cannot be changed or removed by you. Any updates or changes are accomplished by LCI e-Clubhouse corporate programmers and are automatically uploaded onto your website.
GO TO THIS WEBSITE AND FILL OUT LCI FORM TO BE SUBMITTED TO GET A ‘CODE’ TO COMMENCE BUILDING YOUR e-Clubhouse WEBSITE: http://www.e-clubhouse.org/application.php START HERE TO GET LCI USER NAME AND PASSWORD
The first page observed after signing into your account will have on the left side of your screen a list of possible pre-titled tabs where you will have a chance to enter information, data, photos, etc. The bulk of your input will be on the MANAGE PAGES. Click on “Manage pages” and you have…..
….A LIST OF ITEMS WHEREBY YOU CAN EITHER EDIT ORMANAGETHE PREDESIGNED PAGE.
e-Clubhouse editing toolbar (older layout version) (19-Page ID document hand-out (on CD & website) included with course)
HOW CAN I PLACE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION ON MY WEBSITE FOR MY MEMBERS’ EYES ONLY?
ON THE BOTTOM LEFT SIDE OF THE WEBSITE HOME PAGE IS A ‘’MEMBERS ONLY” USERNAME AND PASSWORD PROTECTED AREA.
“Members only pages” can be turned on by simply selecting the ‘on’ tab in the “Manage Pages” section.
THE SAME PROCEDURES FOLLOWED IN THE MAIN SECTION IS TO BE FOLLOWED IN THE MEMBERS’ ONLY SECTION.
SPECIAL FREE OFFER! OVER THE NEXT 7 MONTHS, I WILL WORK IN CONJUNCTION WITH EACH MD21 ZONE CHAIRTO CONSTRUCT A HOME PAGE WEB SITE ON LCI e-CLUBHOUSE TO FACILITATE A PERSONAL GOAL OF THE REMAINING 59MD21CLUBS BEING ON THE WEB BY THE END OF THE 2013 LIONISTIC YEAR!
OVER THE YEARS A PLETHERA OF WEBSITE CONSTRUCTION INFORMATION AND WEB HOSTING HAS BECOME AVAILABLE ON THE WORLD-WIDE-WEB. HERE ARE A FEW LINKS TO WEBSITE ASSISTANCE/INFORMATION EXPANSION SHOULD YOU START TO FEEL CONFIDENT AND WISH TO DIG DEEPER: Dreamweaver Microsoft Publisher Free Yahoo Website Builder Software - http://us.1.p8.webhosting.yahoo.com/ps/sb/index.php http://www.cooltext.com - neat site for free graphics generator http://www.hostgator.com – one stop shopping for web design Newest website builder by Mozilla (testsite) –“Thimble” WEB HOSTING: Yahoo, iPage, FatCow, JustHost, BlueHost, Fidomains, HostMonster, InMotion, HostGator, GoDaddy, StartLogic, Register, Wix, Thimble by Mozilla, etc. FREE SITES: Tripod, Webs.com, Weebly, Webstarts.com. Synthasite, Wikispaces, Wix